Still, while Disney's fast food is poor and Universal's is so-so, there is just no park out there that can compete with their high-end sit-down eateries.
Has anyone ever eaten at Canada's Le Cellier steakhouse in EPCOT or Disney-MGM's Brown Derby or IOA's Mythos or USF's Lombard's Landing and found a better meal inside any other park?
And you can also find quality fast food there too like IOA's Oak Tree Tavern and Animal Kingdom's Tusker House or Pizzafari, but those are rare exceptions in what is usually ho-hum counter-service in Central Florida.
In my opinion, I really do think that Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri does have the best park food in this country. But no one ever wants to admit it!
I totally agree with you. Great food, relatively cheap prices and a wide variety. My son likes the turkey legs they sell at Six Flags and saw a place selling them there. I gave him the cash to go get one and he comes back holding two of them and a suprised look on his face, "Look Dad, they don't rip you off here." SDS is one of the few parks I actually still eat at. A lot of parks will have one or two good items and the rest is junk, but everything I've tried at SDS has been pretty good.
One thing I will say about Cedar Point though is I do love the fries. As a rule, I do not eat fried foods except on rare occasions. Boardwalk Fries make me break that rule.
IOA is a close runner up, though, and World Showcase at Epcot does have great food from each country.
Oh yeah, I can't speak for all the CF parks, but if they're anything like WoF, they suck.
Best Pizza - Knoebels
Best Fries - Kennywood (gravy on the Patch fries OWNS!)
Best Potato Salad - DelGrosso's (i thought this was going to be one of those "overrated" things until I had it last year...OMG!!!)
Best Sit Down - Mythos, IOA
Best Place That Has Since Vanished - First time at SFWOA, there was some BBQ stand from a local place in town (this was in 2000). Kick ass food. Wasn't there when I went back in 2001...wish I could remember the name of that place...
The "thank god there are so many quality places right down the street from this place" Award - SFMM
Ah what the hell.....Magnum What?
S:ROS blew me away
For example, one of my favorite park delicacies is the Belgian waffle at Kennywood. A 9" Belgian waffle dressed up with strawberries and ice cream. But you can't get that at Cedar Point; there you can console yourself with a caramel apple sundae: a green apple sliced into a bowl and served with frozen custard and caramel sauce. Yum!
But while Cedar Point has great custard, frozen custard seems to be indigenous to New York, so be sure to have some at Seabreeze or Darien Lake.
Somebody mentioned Tri Taters and Pierogies at Knoebel's; I should also mention that pierogies are also available at Hersheypark. At Hersheypark, at the same stand as the Pierogies, you can get a darned good hot dog to go with it.
Kings Island is not known for having good food, but since I mentioned hot dogs, it's worth noting that possibly the best food item you can get at Kings Island is a Skyline cheese coney. Mmmmm!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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