I went to the one in Valleyfair, and just didn't like it. Food wasn't great, they forgot my drink, and gave me a tough time when I asked them to correct the order. But I appreciate the fact that they are putting fun sports bars in parks, so I don't want to sound like too much of a whiner. I thought that Reds Hall of Fame at King's Island was off the chains. I liked how it how a real bar that you could sit at with all of the games going on in front of you. The food at Canada's Wonderland is out of this world as well, probably the best food at any Cedar Fair chain.
I’m generally leery of sports bars. I feel like unless you’re there to drink, there’s not much point. Food quality seems to be pretty secondary, or at the very least generic.
13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones
I never really thought of it that way, but you're right. Whenever I go to a sports bar, it's usually because I'm in the mood for a GOOD beer and will settle for an average burger. If I pick a regular restaurant I'm probably more in the mood for good food and average beer (or iced tea.)
Winking Lizard is generally the exception to both of those rules, but even then, sometimes I'm not in the mood for their food, and they're a bit pricey.
Miller’s Ale House tries its best at a better menu. Steaks, pasta, even a lobster tail along with the usual bar food and atmosphere. I don’t mind it, but once again, we usually only go there if drinking is in order.
I like sports bars mainly for the atmosphere. I'm not a huge fan of bars that blast music so loud that you can't hear anything -- this pretty much leaves hotel bars or nice restaurants. I don't like paying a lot of money for drinks usually that leaves out hotel bars. And I'll go to restaurants, but they're not entirely my thing. I love cheap drinks, cheap food, having a million TVs to watch games, and a fun atmosphere where its easy to talk to my friends and/or meet new people. I feel like sports bars are by far the easiest to drum of conversations with different people. Other types are too loud, or people are too into their own group/food to really be bothered.
In fairness, I've been into eating healthy lately, so a lot of the food at sports bars I don't touch. But most restaurants in America are unhealthy, so I'll just eat on my own and go out and drink.
That would be an imitative I would love at parks -- a better commitment to healthier food. But I know that most parks are geared towards kids, so that might not be as likely.
Just a reply to your comment on Panda Express at Cedar Point. I paid $9.00 for my meal. I got a panda bowl, egg roll and a drink. The by the item plates are more expensive. I think a two item plate with a drink and egg roll was $14. But, they give you a decent amount of food for what you pay for. A way better deal then The $20 subway meal.
But, I find that the best bang for your buck is the midway market. Though they won't let you use your park mug there, and make you buy a drink. Which I think is really stupid. I bought the drink, and used my mug anyways, and refilled it before I left. Take that!! Cedar Fair!!Last edited by Timber-Rider, Monday, December 31, 2018 1:46 PM
I didn't do it! I swear!!
How late is the library open today?
Let's go Let's go Cedar.. Wait for me...
Does anybody know how Cedar Point gets away with the claim that Chickie's and Pete's is the #1 rated sports bar in North America?
In the Philadelphia and South Jersey region, they are pretty legit from a sports bar perspective. Their crab fries are delicious.
However, I’m surprised they are trying to create markets outside of Philly. Chickie’s is really just a Philly thing and outside of that region it doesn’t fit.
I’m originally from NY and I always crack up seeing “NY Bagels” or “NY Pizza” joints outside of NY in places like Florida. It’s just not the same.
There are 2 Chickie’s & Pete’s at Dorney Park; one sit down and one fast service. They were both pretty busy from what I saw each of the last two falls when we visited. But, that’s a whole lot closer to Philly & Jersey.
But then again, what do I know?
I’m all for calling people out when they make a crazy post, just because someone has a history of doing so should not mean that we automatically demean someone after a reasonable post. Just sayin...
2020 Trips: Canceled by Corona
Funniest thing about this post is that as a passholder for 18 years now, I can't even answer it the question.
Their walk up food is all terrible to mediocre at best, with the exception of Pinks. So I guess the answer is Pinks. But that's still just hot dogs.
Some of the Food Trucks are better, and provide more variety, but those are only available during the time of year when they cannot fully staff their own food stands. Early Spring and late Fall.
I’d love to see the food trucks there the whole time the park is open. The fire truck had the best burger I’ve had anywhere in a long time. And the Korean BBQ truck was phenomenal.
But then again, what do I know?
In recent years, I've found myself more and more eating at full-service restaurants. It's a nice break from a park, especially if it's hot out or weather is miserable! It's a great way to relax. It's nice that CP has choices when it comes to inside dining. Sure, Midway Market isn't the best food. But, at least you can eat all you want. I really enjoyed it during its early years. I also enjoyed Silver Dollar Cafe (or whatever its name is now) and Breakwater cafe. Once Famous Dave's opened, that became my go-to place to eat! I haven't been there since 2015 opening, so can't speak of how it's doing. But I do know that Famous Dave's, as a company, has been struggling the past few years and hope that they get back on their feet. Having Famous Dave himself back with the company is good start. He is fun guy to hang out with!
Jerry - Magnum Fanatic
Famous Dave's- 206 restaurants - 35 states - 2 countries
You must be logged in to post