Our Definitive Ranking of Pixar Pier's Most Popular Food Items
The food at the newly-opened Pixar Pier is in a league of its own!
Though not every offering is stellar, each food choice is tied to a Pixar film, and that in itself is an impressive feat. Some items have already become Instagram stars, while others are undoubtedly headed that direction.
We've ranked some of the most popular Pixar Pier food items from worst to best (though let's face it, nothing is actually bad) and we can't wait to see what you think, so scroll down and check out our list!
7. Poultry Palace Chicken Drumstick Box
As devoted Toy Story fans might remember, Poultry Palace is a chicken-centric fast food restaurant that appeared in the Toy Story Toon: Small Fry, but was absent from all of the movies. While we can appreciate that the wise minds behind Pixar Pier dug deep for this one, it's a bit of a stretch that seems more like an excuse to sell chicken and turkey (the other item Poultry Palace sells is a jumbo smoked turkey leg), as opposed to a clever attempt to get Pixar fans to bite. For a stronger Pixar food tie-in, give us a Pizza Planet instead!
6. Pixar Ball Cake Pop
There are an array of cake pops sold in the Inside Out-centric Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff store within Pixar Pier, but the Pixar ball variety is easily one of the most boring offerings. Sure, it's still a ball of icing-covered cake, so deliciousness is still a given, but with so many adorable Pixar characters to choose from, we feel like there was more room for creativity here. For starters, we wouldn't mind a cake cop version of one of those three-eyed aliens from Toy Story. However, if you like the Pixar ball, you'll be happy to know Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff also sells a caramel apple decorated as the film studio's logo as well.
5. The 'Slightly Annoyed Dog'
This meal option—a regular hot dog served with potato chips—is one of the two choices sold at Angry Dogs on the Pixar Pier. As you may have guessed by now, Angry Dogs sells hot dogs, but not much else. What's not totally obvious from the restaurant's moniker is that it's tied to the hit 2015 Pixar film, Inside Out.
Sure, it's a little difficult to tie food to a movie where the main characters are emotions personified, but this is yet another instance when we were hoping for a bit more creativity from the Pixar peeps. However, Angry Dogs does get points for its other more aptly-named offering—the Angry Dog. The spicy hot dog is served with Flamin' Hot Fries, giving an added meaning to its name. We see what you did there, Pixar, and we like it.
4. The Pixar Pier Parfait
Though its name sounds boring, the Pixar Pier Parfait—a non-dairy lemon soft serve and blue raspberry frozen beverage sold at The Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats—is actually tasty and great to look at. If you're not sure which Pixar film the Adorable Snowman comes from, you're not alone, but the frosted treats stand is actually inspired by the lovable and not-at-all-abominable monster from Monsters, Inc.
The go-to spot for yummy frozen treats also sells cones and cups with tasty soft serve, available in chocolate, vanilla and non-dairy lemon, and an additional specialty treat known as the It's Snow-Capped Lemon—a non-dairy lemon soft serve with a "snow-cap" of white chocolate.
3. Señor Buzz Cinnamon Sugar Galaxy Churro
At first, Señor Buzz Churros had us scratching our heads—what does an intergalactic hero have to do with a Spanish dessert anyway?—but then we remembered the plot point in Toy Story 3, in which Buzz is reset and starts speaking Spanish, and we had a really, really good laugh. Is it a bit of a stretch? Sure, but it's clever and funny enough to win our approval, and no trip to an amusement park is complete without a churro. The Caliente Churro is perfect for those who like spice, while the sweet and crispy Cinnamon Sugar Galaxy Churro tastes like the traditional Spanish treat.
2. Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num
If you've seen Incredibles 2, you know little Jack-Jack Parr's appetite for chocolate chip cookies is downright insatiable, and we love that the Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num (a chocolate chip cookie sold at Pixar Pier's Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums) has an obvious tie to a Pixar film that feels natural and not at all forced.
At Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums you can make like the youngest member of the Parr clan and snack on cookies to your heart's content even if, unlike Jack-Jack chocolate chip cookies aren't your thing. The small stand also serves shortbread and jam-filled, gluten-friendly cookies, which can be paired with assorted milks that cater to a wide variety of dietary restrictions.
1. Wall-E Cake Pop
While the Pixar ball cake pop was underwhelming, some of the other offerings at Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff store are downright genius. Case in point: the Wall-E and Eve varieties of the pint-sized sweet treat. We loved this robotic duo when they were animated, and we love them even more now that they are small but delicious cake-filled treats. What's more? Though they aren't technically sold at Pixar Pier, other Pixar characters are available in cake pop form as well, including Finding Nemo's Nemo and Dory. Cute cake pops for the win!
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