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Anything Decent at Knott's Berry Farm?

We're heading to Knott's this weekend. I haven't been in more than a decade. Is there anyplace decent to eat inside the park? Or is it all the standard theme-park swill?

Thanks for any suggestions.

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    1. re: bubbles4me

      Don't forget the cabbage and those little biscuits with butter and boysenberry jam. That cabbage is so simple but so good. Add a slice of the boysenberry pie and it is a very good meal. We go to the take-out counter just a few doors down from the main kitchen and get some to-go every few months.

      1. re: JeetJet

        is the takeout part quick?

        or long lines too?

        1. re: kevin

          pretty fast but it depends on the time and day of the week

      2. re: bubbles4me

        agree on the fried chicken, don't expect ad hoc but its good

      3. Second Mrs. Knott's fried chicken. Not everyone loves it, but I think it's really good. People who aren't even going to the park eat it. The restaurant is actually located outside of the paid park. There's often quite a line. Boysenberry juice used to be good, but last time it seemed really sweet to me (maybe it's my changing tastes, not the juice.) If you have to choose the inside the park selections (which is typical theme park fare) the food in the "Mexican" area is the best (which doesn't mean it's good.)

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        1. re: writergirl

          OMG - now I want Knott's Fried Chicken. I loves those evil little buttery biscuits. Line is long, but it's fast.

        2. If you're 60+ the senior dinner the last time I was there with my folks was $7 for the complete dinners. Everyday from 3pm-5pm except holidays.

          There's always Portillo's just down the street for Chicago style Italian beef sandwiches and hot dogs. 8390 La Palma (in the shopping center across from Wal Mart).


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          1. re: monku

            Mmmmm. My boyfriend's Italian, born-and-raised-in-Chicago dad drives all the way from the Valley to go to Portillo's. It's good stuff.

          2. The biscuits from the chicken restaurant rock. Also the "on-a-stick" and funnel cake place (next to Log Ride). You must drink the boysenberry punch with every meal. Addictive. If only they served gin...

            1. don't forget all you can eat prime rib and king crab legs for $18.99 at amber waves in the KBF hotel... haven't been in a while, but they're still doing that, no?

              1. Fried chicken is the pick at the park itself, but if timing lends itself to lunch or dinner close by, Portillo's is less than a mile away on La Palma...great burgers, hot dogs, italian beef and sausage, salads and more.

                1. I agree about the fried chicken restaurant - the chicken is good. However, when you get the complete meal, don't forget to ask for the bread and butter pickles AND the stewed rhubarb. These used to come automatically with the dinner, but now you have to ask for them to be included. They add to the general weird, old-fashioned, mid-Western vibe of the dinner.

                  1. As with others on this board, I agree, Mrs. Knott's Chicken dinner can't be beat. I did upgrade to all white meat. Couldn't finish it all. Took the piece of pie home with us. Someone else also mentioned the funnel cakes! Also, really good. -B n F

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                    1. re: Big N Fat

                      Of course the biscuits w/ real butter, and Knott's various spreads can't be beat either!

                      1. re: Big N Fat

                        Can you upgrade to all DARK? That's what I want to know. That and the $7 price for us geezers would get me there in a hurry!

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Yes, you can get all dark meat, and they don't charge extra.

                      2. Clearly Mrs. Knott's chicken dinner is the idea in the park (though I agree with the person that said the Mexican restaurant was the best inside-the-park thing). In the area, though, others have mentioned Portillo's on La Palma. Further east on La Palma (but before Magnolia) is Tana Ethiopian Restaurant, and up Beach Blvd. across from Medieval Times is Sagan, which is an excellent Korean barbecue.

                        1. Zankou Chicken is also just a drive down the road (2424 Ball Road) - Lebanese tri-tip or chicken with heavenly garlic sauce.

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                          1. re: OCAnne

                            I think I'll try Zankous next time we go. Mrs Knotts just grossed me out. The place smelled bad - even my 5 year old daughter said so!! It just didn't get the impression that what we were eating was particularly sanitary. Maybe it was all the unbussed tables around.

                          2. Just had lunch today at Mrs. Knott's. I had to. It was a work thing. The place smells like burned grease and the food is very old fashioned. I had to really work to get a low carb meal. Ordered the Santa Fe sandwich and ate the dried out broiled chicken breast, foul tasting bacon, swiss cheese and avocado without the chiabatta roll. The corn is canned for heaven's sake. The all day menu comes with tons of mediocre food. Soup, salad (a tiny bowl of wilted iceberg lettuce with a couple of strips of carrot and cabbage and one tomato), the corn or cherry rhubard (way too mushy and sweet), and pie (very good crust although didn't have it this time). The biscuits are very good, but if you eat a few of those you probably won't be able to eat much of the huge portions. The fried chicken is good for fried chicken. All of my co workers who had the full meals along with the boysenberry drink kept complaining about how full and miserable they were. There is also a TGIFriday right by the chicken place. I haven't been there in ages so can't really recommend.

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                            1. re: nolanani

                              Just love Mrs. Knott's place. Traditional for sure. Fill up on the endless plate of biscuits then on to the rest. RIP Walter and Cordelia.

                              1. re: Big N Fat

                                We should be going back to Knott's in Nov. or Dec of this year. Looking forward to Knott's Chicken House Restaurant!

                            2. I much prefer the barbeque place at Knott's to the fried chicken. Better than Lucille's and the like and about half the price.

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                              1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                Where is the BBQ place located @ Knott's? I still miss the old wagon style cafe they used to have on the main street. Does anyone remember the booths set up like partial covered wagons?

                                1. re: Big N Fat

                                  It's near the back of the park on the south side, if that helps. Close to the wester crafts vendors.

                                  1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                                    Yeah I ate here when I was at knott's scary farm this year. Got their BBQ half chicken and it was surprisingly good. There's a place around the corner from it that has grilled corn too.

                                2. Any updates to this post? I'm going Saturday.

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                                  1. Is there a quality difference between the chicken to-go place in the park and the one next door to Mrs. Knott's?

                                    1. Just that the chicken at the Knotts place is way better, i dont know why... its the secret recipe

                                      1. Our Knott's trip is coming up in a couple of weeks (late Dec 08). Sure looking forward to the Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken and especially those little biscuits! I can fill up on those alone.

                                        1. Funnel Cake. Yes. Funnel Cake.

                                          1. I recommend either the little taco place in Fiesta Village (right next to the Mery-Go-Round) or Fireman's BBQ, which is a really good bbq place in Ghost town, right next to the Craft Barn and the Birdcage Theater. I have never had a problem with either place, except for their high prices, but what can you expect from an eatery within an amusement park?? Also, the Chowhouse (in Calico, near the Calico Saloon) has REALLY good Potato&cheddar soup in a breadbowl...it's to die for!! But at nearly $8, it's a bit pricey, though it is very filling and they fill the bread bowl to the top with soup and cover it in shredded cheddar cheese!! Very tasty!! At firemans's BBQ (which always smells sooo good!!), here is what you can do with a friend or family member to feed both of you for under $20: Order 1 full meal with an entree of your choice. Order a second entree as a side, and if you want, add another baked potato or w/e side you want your own of. Split the rest of the sides, and add a drink or two if you want. (I suggest bringing water bottles, as it can get really expensive to buy drinks there!!!) This should come to $20 or less, and it always fills me up!! The Chicken Dinner Restaurant outside the park also has very good food, and I have heard good things about the Ghost Town Grill, located inside the park in Ghost Town, of course. I have also heard good things about Auntie Pasta's, across from the Ghost Rider.
                                            If you happen to want dessert, I highly recommend their Boysenberry Pie and the Carrot Cake (both are amazing!!). You can get any of their dessert items and more in either bakery (one outside the park, in the row of shops, and one inside the park right next to first aid inside Ghost Town.) Might I also recommend funnel cakes, which are available at three different locations: One right across from the Log Ride, one place called Sutters, located right behind the Wagon Camp, and one right outside the park exit.

                                            1. (1) Boysenberry juice trick? Cut it half with Sprite. Simple, gauche, and perfect.

                                              (2) My tried and true amusement park stand-by is when all else fails, find the Mexican joint. The place in Fiesta Plaza is perfectly serviceable for what one would expect at a place like Knotts.

                                              But the chicken, I think, is quite tasty. Go do the pre-Haunt buffet during Halloween season and you can eat all you want!

                                              1. I always get dippin dots and the corn.