Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby matthew.sullivan1 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:02 pm

Also near Lake Compounce and Quassy is Leo's, a great breakfast spot. They have the best pancakes I have ever had, and that says something! :p
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Philrad71 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:42 pm

Being that Michael is in a hospital in Erie with a blood infection (where he is currently in serious, but stable condition) I ventured over to Presque Isle around the Waldameer area during the past couple of days when Michael was resting to have a couple of comfort food hot dogs. I would then go for a power walk on the PI walking/biking trail to de-stress and walk off the food before heading back to the hospital.

These are both two good places to eat if you don't want to eat in the park!
This is a foot long chili dog from Sara's with just about everything imaginable for toppings on it.

The curly fries had Buffalo Chicken mayo on them as well as some type of seasoning that escapes me now...maybe garlic ranch? They have TONS of seasonings and toppings that you can add to your meal in a self-serve area at no extra cost, which is cool. They also have a few Coke Free-Style machines if you're into that sort of thing.

With that said, they have great food and their prices are reasonable - but they can get very busy, so avoid weekends and the dinner rush if you can. The drive-thru intertwines through the parking lot, which can get easily congested and crazy when they are busy!
Yesterday I tried Schickalay's On The Bay, which is right across the street from Waldameer's parking lot. They don't seat indoors, so I grabbed a table outside and tried to endure the 30+ MPH wind gusts!

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No liquor, but they have Southern Tier 2X IPA, so there is no need for liquor. ;-)
This is apparently one of Erie's claim to fame - The Greek Dog.

Basically seasoned ground beef with cheese sauce and onions. And of course, the obligatory fries.
Things got messy in a hurry, but it was really good!
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I will be going back soon to try one of their Greek Gyros, which I hear are also really good!

This place is recommended if you want to leave the park for a bit, tip a couple of beers and enjoy some of Erie's "ethnic" food choices!

Of note - both places use Smith's hot dogs which are 100% beef and locally made. They are the only hot dogs that I will buy at Wegmans anymore because they are soooo good!

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Rai Fox » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:21 am

I was sold at "Southern Tier." I guess I'll be checking that place out in a couple weeks. Thanks for the report!

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Philrad71 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:05 pm

^ You're welcome...and I agree with you about Southern Tier - my local hometown "hero"! ;)

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:08 pm

So you've been to Playland in Vancouver, and ridden Coaster until your body can't take it any more.

Now you want to get some food that's i.e. Really Canadian, etc. How about.....poutine?
Basically it's fries with gravy and cheese curds all over and in them.'s soooooo good!

This is my fave poutine spot, which is easily a five minute walk from my home. :smile:
From Playland, it's two busses to get there, or less than a 15 minute drive....easy!

My Fave 5 Poutines from their menu: Galvaude Chicken; Beefsteak; Deluxe; Kubideh; Butter Chicken.
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cooked to perfection and served on a classic poutine: Chicken Galvaude.
Another good one ~ Authentic Montreal smoked beef
shredded and served on a classic poutine. Yum!
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby CaptainUnknown » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:49 pm

Came here to give a shout-out to Muddy Cow. A restaurant with a handful of locations around the Twin Cities including one about 2 miles from Valleyfair.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby OrlandoGuy » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:20 pm

I admittedly haven’t read the whole thread, so apologies if I repeat anything, but a few from the Orlando area for ya...

-Just outside Universal on Kirkman Road is a great Venezuelan joint called Arepas de Cacao (or something along those lines) that serves huge, authentic arepas that are amazing. Next door is also one of the best burgers you’ll ever eat, Colombian Burger.

-Also down the street from Universal along Vineland Road is a great little hole in the wall Mexican joint called Border Grill.

-Down the opposite way from Universal, Gyu Kaku is a pretty great Korean bbq place on Turkey Lake pay for your meat and cook it on a grill in the middle of the table.

-Somewhat between Universal and Disney (maybe <10 minutes from Uni, <15 from Disney) on Dr Phillips Blvd is a great collection of restaurants called Dr Phillips Marketplace...BarTaco is where you go for small plates style tacos, LemonShark for made-to-order poke bowls, and Flame Kebob for Middle Eastern fare (there’s also a great Lebanese place called Habibi down Metrowest Blvd <10 minutes from Universal property

-The area immediately surrounding Disney has mostly chains in my experience, as it’s much less local than Universal’s location. I will say that Sea Dog Brewery practically across the street from Disney Springs is a great brewery with a 10pm happy hour that’s the best bang for your buck in the area.

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby ejot » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:10 pm

Jake's Place in Ashland less than 15min from King's Dominion.

Vintage gas station refurbished as a BBQ joint. Sampled the pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. I often like vinegary BBQ but wasn't a fan of their vinegar sauce so didn't go that way for the pork. Their sweet sauce was simple and solid. Brisket fantastic, ribs and pork decent.

Really cool place to check out, great history, friendly people. Nice variety of interesting beers on tap. I will get a few photos posted, they're on my partner's phone as mine wasn't on me.

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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby Skittles » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:10 pm

A little shocked no one has mentioned Portillo's yet, outside of Six Flags Great America in the Chicagoland area. One of the best burgers I've ever had (their hot dogs are great too!), kind of like the In-N-Out of Illinois.
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Re: Good Eating Outside of Theme Parks

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:15 pm

Portillo's is amazing. I get it every time I'm in Chicago. There's also one very close to Knott's Berry Farm, and there's one in Tampa not too far from Busch Gardens.


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