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Anaheim recs near Knott's Berry Farm

We are heading to Knott's Berry Farm this weekend and staying at the hotel there. Looking for somewhere decent near there for dinner between the time the park closes at 5pm and reopens for the Scary Farm at 7:30. High to low isn't an issue, close is best, probably not more than 15 minutes in any direction. 4 Adults.

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  1. Reporting back: We had Pinks outside the park for lunch. I hadn't eaten at a Pinks before so I can't compare. Convenient if you're on your way into the park. I had the polish spicy - pretty good, although my stomach was a little unsettled on all those rollercoasters!

    We had some ok drinks at the bar at the Knott's Hotel and then had the Amber Waves all you can eat. I thought it was TERRIBLE. Part of it was the awful fishy smell that surrounded the entire buffet from the crab legs. I thought they smelled - and tasted - less than fresh. Other choices were meh - spaghetti and meatballs, mashed potatoes, limp salad bar, ok pie. I didn't have the prime rib, so I can't vouch for that. I think for $25, I would definitely go somewhere else next time.

    1. If you have a craving for Chicago hot dogs and really good Italian beef sandwiches Portiillo's is just five minutes away.

      Portillo's Hot Dogs
      8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Make sure you get the chocolate cake shake at Portillo's if you go. It's awesome!!

      2. You could always just eat Mrs. Knott's chicken dinner, but it will undoubtedly be ridiculously crowded.

        Tana Ethiopian is just five minutes away; you have lots of Korean options, including Sagan (closest) and Surah (best). El Misti for Peruvian just south of the park. Just at the outer limit of your 15 minutes range is Cafe Hiro, a wonderful Japanese bistro with great food and friendly service. (Think uni spaghetti, not sushi rolls.)

        Cafe Hiro
        10509 Valley View St, Cypress, CA 90630

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Thanks, all - i didn't see the other Knott's posts earlier! Sorry for the rehash!

          1. re: citydock2000

            Not at all! We don't get SO many Knott's posts. Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Centre, on the other hand... oy, vey.

        2. Just go to Knott's for tasty fried chicken and cherry rhubarb. Avoid the other things on the plate because the sodium content will kill you.

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          1. re: JudiAU

            Like the sodium content in the fried chicken is low?

          2. For what you will pay for Knotts over-priced chicken dinner I think that 4 adults would enjoy a dining experience at Park Avenue on Beach Blvd in Stanton (about 10 minutes away). Its one of OC's best-kept upscale American-style eateries (but reasonably-priced). For a casual & louder meal I also recommend Portillos which is very close to Knotts (on La Palma Ave just east of Beach Blvd). They serve classic Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.

            Park Avenue Restaurant
            11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton, CA 90680

            La Palma Restaurant
            2700 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255

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            1. re: HBfoodie

              So you're saying that paying $15 for a half chicken dinner at Knott's isn't worth it, but paying $23 at Park's, for their Sunday chicken dinner is worth it?

            2. Thai Nakorn about 5 or 10 minutes south on beach blvd. Nam Sod with Crispy Rice...yum, yum.

              Thai Nakorn
              11951 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680