Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby VinTheAttendant » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:39 pm

We left Dorney Park at midnight on Friday and were looking for somewhere to eat that was still open. We stumbled upon John's Plain and Fancy Diner in Quakertown, about 20 minutes from the park on RT 309. It's open 24/7, has a very classic diner feel to it, prices were decent, portions were surprisingly big, and everyone in our group seemed to like their food (the fries are really good). My only complaint was that the service was rather slow, but it was 1 in the morning and the place was actually kind of busy.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Josh Linn » Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:57 am

For Knoebel's:

Balzano's
Rose Marie's
Marley's

All in Bloomsburg. The first two are Italian places and Marley's is a microbrewery/restaurant. Really, really good beer and they have a pretty large variety of food (seafood, steak, pasta, wings, etc.)

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Movieguy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:06 am

^ Thanks for letting me know about these. Usually, we're too tired to drive anywhere else after Knoebels, and go to either the Cracker Barrel or Ruby Tuesday that are right next to where we usually stay, in Buckhorn.

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Ccron10 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:07 am

They are starting to build a Chipotle in Hershey right now. Its been somewhat of a controversial topic because some of the townspeople think that there shouldn't be a fast food joint in town (it is actually technically called fast casual) and that it would ruin the overall look of it. The sad thing is that ten years ago there was a Hardees right across the street and people don't remember it. I welcome this addition because the only fast food places around Hersheypark are Wendy's, McDonalds, and a couple of Subways.

EDIT: Fenicci's, which is located right across from The Hershey Story Museum is a pretty good pizza place with some of the best in town. The old world style is the best and they also have a nice ice cream and small sub shop nextdoor.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby cfc » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:07 am

^I recommend that you look at the first post of this thread. We're looking for "local" joints or "regional" chains. Chipotle is national.

This is interesting info concerning the town's attitudes toward big chains, though.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Josh Linn » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:18 am

Movieguy wrote:^ Thanks for letting me know about these. Usually, we're too tired to drive anywhere else after Knoebels, and go to either the Cracker Barrel or Ruby Tuesday that are right next to where we usually stay, in Buckhorn.


An Olive Garden opened in Buckhorn earlier this year, but I'd much rather go to one of the two Italian places I posted...Balzano's especially. All three that I listed are within 10 minutes of Buckhorn.

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby 2012jarrett » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:20 am

I hear the area around the park isn't that nice but are there any good places to eat near BGT? I'm looking for mostly seafood and the opportunity to try key lime pie in Florida (I make it myself at home with my own recipe but I'd like to see how it stacks up to the real thing), and any other good Florida food.

If you're going to Carowinds to ride their new giga in 2015, there's a good Mexican place called Azteca near the park that has some of the best shrimp enchiladas I've ever had and you can have guacamole made tableside and pick what you want in it. I've both eaten there and had my dad go out and bring it back to the hotel and my family ate it in the courtyard gazebo overlooking the pool at night and it was fab. There's also a German place called Waldhorn in the area that has amazing schnitzel and gulaschuppe.

And just in case you don't want pancakes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight "I can't sleep, to heck with it" snack, and afternoon snack at a pancake house in Pigeon Forge, there's a quite a few places around the park that are definitely worth trying. Huck Finn's Catfish has some pretty good fried seafood, especially in such an area where not much fresh seafood is available. I loved the catfish I had. There's thousands around the Smoky Mountains, but my favorite pancake house is Ye Olde Pancake Pantry. I had some pretty good peanut butter and chocolate pancakes there. Calhoun's has really good barbecue, but for some reason they felt the need to explain to me that the ribs I was about to order had bones in them. And as pricey as it is, if you have the time, I recommend doing Dixie Stampede. In addition to the show being incredible, the food is great. I loved the barbecue chicken I was served (I don't usually like barbecue chicken!) as well as the vegetable soup.

And it isn't really local, but the Famous Dave's at Cedar Point's marina (not sure if it counts as outside of a park, but you need a reentry stamp to leave the park like that) is my favorite place to eat when visiting Cedar Point because while there are other Famous Dave's around, this one's extremely unique due to its location. In addition to having the best barbecue I've ever had, you can get an incredible view of either Raptor/Blue Streak/GateKeeper or one of Millennium Force and the back of the park across the marina while you eat and watch the boats go in and out on Lake Erie. Only thing I don't like about it is that the walkway leading to the door has no railing to keep you from falling into the lake, and I'm a big klutz. Both of the following shots were taken from that Famous Dave's.

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So yeah, that view + the best barbecue in the world. Why eat anywhere else? :P

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby denning » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:27 am

St. Louis wings across from Canada's Wonderland. Good local chain of wing joints. Wings are small but marinated for extra tastiness. Great dill sauce and awesome fries. Their suicide is tasty and the right level of hot - not a gimmick. Opened up a location right across the street from Wonderland not even a five minute walk from the gate. Has a patio that offers a great view of Leviathan and cold beer.

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby denning » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:29 am

chemical_echo wrote: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).


Don't recommedn Lick's to Americans. They overcook the burgers which are dry and tasteless. They will never respect us again.

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Locostitch » Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:39 am

I know it has already been suggested but I highly suggest Slaters 50/50 in Anaheim Hills outside of Disneyland. It is honestly hamburger paradise and the burgers are massive. It has also been featured on Travel Channel Bacon Paradise.

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