Tam O’Shanter Inn: Walt’s favorite restaurant is waiting for you (D23 Disney & Dickens)

In Los Angles, near the Disney Studios in Burbank is a little restaurant, that was Walt Disney’s favorite. Disney employees came so often it was referred to as “The Studio Commissary”.  Near the fireplace in a quaint corner is table 31, where you would find Walt sitting nearly every day at lunch time.

I completely and totally understand why Walt loved this place. It embodies so much of what he was about; joyful service, incredible product and transformative theme experience. He loved it so much he created (yes, apparently drew himself) a large work with the Tam-O owner (Lawrence Frank) with Mickey, Minnie, Donald’s and Goofy all in their best Scottish outfits.

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Lunch from the bar is a carving station with unearthly good brisket or turkey, homemade potato chips and side salads. There is a full dinner service menu which is more upscale and just as delicious. Oh and if you are thinking of going, try to go during the Holidays. It is simply beautiful during the holiday season.

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If you are a member of D23 (and you should be!) they offer a special Disney & Dickens Holiday night complete with carolers and more.

(For more information on D23 visit here)

From Wiki: The Tam O’Shanter Inn was established by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van de Kamp, founders of Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakeries who went on to found the Lawry’s restaurant chain.[2] They commissioned Harry Oliver to design the building. He constructed the Storybook Style building aided by movie studio carpenters. The Tam O’Shanter Inn opened in June 1922 and was a great success. The owner said, "Every piece of wood which was used in this structure was thrown into fire first with the result that we never had to paint it and it got more beautiful as the years went by." The Tam-O, as it is known for short, is located at 2980 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90039 at the corner of Boyce Ave and Los Feliz Blvd in Atwater Village.

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