Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Jojo19799 » Mon May 06, 2013 10:43 am

For a great hearty breakfast, I reccomend The Point Pankcake House in Gurnee, IL. It's located on the corner of routes 41 and 21 which is less than 5 minutes from the park and is only open from 6am to 3pm. They're known for the pancakes (hence why it's a pancake house). If you order any of the baked pancakes, expect to wait about 45 minutes for them to cook. You can call ahead to order that if you'd like. However, anything on their breakfast menu is amazing. I highly reccoment the red velvet stuffed french toast and the banana foster pancakes. Since The Point does not have a website, I'm linking the reviews from Yelp. The Point Pancake House

Timothy O'Tooles Timothy O'Tooles has a location in Chicago and opened a location in Gurnee within the last couple of years. If you're in the mood for a beer, good food and don't have a lot of time or want to drive far away, this is the place to go. It's one stop light over from Great America, so you can't miss it at all.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Hotlanta » Mon May 06, 2013 11:13 am

Holeman & Finch Public House (not exactly close to SFOG) is a very good brunch/burger spot in Atlanta.

Their burgers are featured all over the Travel Channel/Food Network etc...
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby chemical_echo » Mon May 06, 2013 11:34 am

Canada's Wonderland:
Lunch/Dinner
Lick's Burger Boutique is located just across the parking lot on Jane St. It's a local chain with a few locations in Ontario.
Everything is made on the grill when you order and their burgers are a pretty good size. Whatever you order, make sure to get Guk sauce on it. I'd also suggest getting Taters'n'Cream on the side (Fries smothered in sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, and chives).
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby cfc » Mon May 06, 2013 3:57 pm

Thank you, everyone. I just updated the index.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Jojo19799 » Mon May 06, 2013 5:20 pm

Chuck, thanks again for starting this thread. Maybe I can hit up the suggested eateries near Valleyfair when I'm there next month. I'd like to add a few more places that are near SFGAm in Gurnee.

Salutos About a 5 minute drive down Grand Ave is an Italian place called Salutos. They make everything there! Pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups and we can't forget about desserts! A kids menu is also available which probably consists of kid size portions of pizza, pasta and other stuff. And yes, there is a bar available.

The Shanty The Shanty is located on Highway 41 and Wadworth Rd. It is a 10 minute drive from the park. This place has been featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and I will vouch for it. It's one of the best restaurants in the area where everything is made fresh, and the fish is brought is fresh daily as well. I highly suggest the Whiskey River Shrimp. You can get it as an appetizer or as a meal. They do have a full bar and feature specials each day.

Captain Porky's Since I mentioned The Shanty, I might as well mention Captain Porky's. It's literally next door to The Shanty, and both places are owned by the same family. Captain Porky's is basically a fish and BBQ place. The fish is brought in fresh everyday, and of course everything is made fresh each day, especially the smoked salmon which I can smell driving by there when the windows to the car are up! Yep, it's that good! They do have some seating inside, but it's mostly take out and feature daily specials.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Mechanic » Mon May 06, 2013 6:12 pm

There's a Black Bear Diner in Vallejo that makes for a great breakfast stop before enjoying a day at SFDK. I'm not sure if it meets the criteria of the thread as a regional chain because they seem to be growing pretty fast, but the majority of their locations are in the western states, with most of those being in California. They started out in Mt. Shasta city. Eveything they serve is awesome, but especially the breakfasts.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby leviathanlover » Wed May 08, 2013 7:56 pm

Canada's Wonderland: Vinnie Zucchini's is an italian buffet located by Vaughan Mills on Rutherford rd. Their pricing is about the same as Marketplace Buffet in CW, but the food is 100 times better. I'm italian and this food is almost as good as my family's cooking :) It's the best restaurant within walking distance from the front entrance of CW

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby jray21 » Wed May 08, 2013 8:07 pm

Mechanic wrote:There's a Black Bear Diner in Vallejo that makes for a great breakfast stop before enjoying a day at SFDK. I'm not sure if it meets the criteria of the thread as a regional chain because they seem to be growing pretty fast, but the majority of their locations are in the western states, with most of those being in California. They started out in Mt. Shasta city. Eveything they serve is awesome, but especially the breakfasts.


Black Bear Diner is really good! We have one in Reno and we're actually going there tomorrow! ;)
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby peytonsgirl83 » Wed May 08, 2013 9:41 pm

This is a great topic; thanks for creating it!

A friend and I are doing a mini road trip to Kennywood in August. Does anyone know of any great places to eat around Kennywood?
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby UrbanLegend » Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:42 pm

I just wanted to send in a success story for this thread. I went to Cedar Point for two days this past week with three friends, and I used this thread for food suggestions. We went to Berardi's for breakfast both days (the cinnamon bread was AMAZING), Sortino's, Cameo Pizza, and The Thirsty Pony (one of my friends said the Thirsty Bam burger there was the best burger he ever had). So, the system works!

Some suggestions of my own:

Kennywood: If you're in the Pittsburgh area, you better get yourself to a PRIMANTI BROS. Their specialty is ginormous sandwiches with all the sides inside two thick slices of Italian bread, with provolone, coleslaw, tomato and french fries inside; only the meat changes (plus you can get double meat if you're especially hungry). I recommend the pastrami, but everything is good.

Six Flags Great America: If you're a fan of breakfast, stop at a WALKER BROTHERS PANCAKE HOUSE. They're all in the northern suburbs, so if you're in or near Chicago you'll be near all six of them to get to Great America. They do a really great breakfast, and it's a small touch, but their orange juice is fresh-squeezed, which makes my taste buds very happy.

Cedar Point...ish?: Okay, this isn't really near the park, but, if you're going to Cedar Point and home for you is anywhere east of Cleveland, I thoroughly recommend MELT BAR & GRILLED. There are four locations around Cleveland, they're all about an hour's drive from CP, and it's absolutely worth it. They do grilled cheeses like you wouldn't believe, and they're HUGE and DELICIOUS. Two personal favorites are the West Side Monte Cristo (honey ham, smoked turkey, swiss, american, crispy battered & deep fried, mixed berry preserves on the side which go amazingly well with it), and The Dude Abides (homemade meatballs, fried mozzarella cheese sticks, marinara sauce, provolone & romano).

Six Flags Great Adventure: This is going to sound kind of dumb, but there's a WAWA on Monmouth Road just as you get off 195, like 2 minutes from the park. For those not in the know, Wawa is a super sweet convenience store with touch screens where you can order sandwiches and other stuff freshly made. Plus if you go there in the morning you can get freshly made breakfast hoagies or ready-made sandwiches. It's pretty inexpensive and the food's pretty tasty. Plus there's a gas station. Plus it's open 24 hours. Plus Wawa is wonderful.
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