Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Apr 16, 2012 05:38 PM

Knotts Berry Farm

My visiting relatives want to go to Knotts on Wednesday and I haven't been there in years. Is there any place good for lunch (no sushi) within walking distance?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. You can have lunch at the park at Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken restaurant. It's not as good as it was about a couple dozen years go, but their buttermilk biscuits are still addictive as ever.

    You may also try Portillo's nearby for Chicago dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.

    Lastly, a nearby Vietnamese restaurant in Westwinster/Buena Park corridor might just do the trick. But I'm sure other hounds will chime in in the meantime.

    2 Replies
    1. re: kevin

      Agree with Kevin. While not the greatest thing ever you can't go to knotts without eating at Mrs. Knott's.

      1. re: trojans

        Part of going to Knott's Berry Farm is Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken and their hot biscuits with boysenberry jam & a slice of boysenberry pie since 1934.

    2. Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken Restaurant is very, very tired. The building is shabby -- ramshackle, dirty, poorly painted, not well-kept up. The silverware is flimsy, the "glassware" plastic, and the dinnerware the most basic cafeteria-style. And the food is ordinary-minus on every count. They've been coasting on their "reputation" for a very, very long time. It's unfortunate.

      3 Replies
      1. re: JeffSD

        That's what I have heard and why I am hoping there is somewhere we can walk for lunch without having to drive. I just don't want to have to pay $15 for parking twice. Avoiding park food is a given.

        1. re: susans

          Call to make sure, but I'm 90% sure parking at Knott's is per day, with in-and-out privileges. Disneyland's parking allows in-and-outs for sure (they even mention it on the tram announcements).

          In that case, I'd recommend going a little further afield. There's a lot of good Korean in Buena Park if you're interested, and also East African. There's Los Chilangos on Lincoln west of Euclid, and Fonda La Meche in Stanton. Further down there's Park Ave. and Il Garage, and Thai Nakorn, all on Beach.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Thai Nakorn is one of our favorites and if my relatives like Thai and the parking is really in-and-out, I'll suggest that as a first choice. Good idea, thanks.

      2. Mrs. Knott's is dated, and old, but the chicken is still good and it also feeds nostalgia in addition to your stomach. There is also some decent BBQ available inside the park, and a somewhat newish steakhouse (not sure if it's still in operation). Directly across from Mrs. Knott's is TGI Friday's so it's super close, on the premises.

        Across the street is Portillo's as mentioned, and a short walk south on Beach will get you to Cham Soot Gol, easily one of the best value Korean BBQ's in the area, may only open for lunch on the weekends though - not sure about weekdays.