Good Food Near Parks

Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:26 PM

Splish Splash Long Island - - - > Go a little past the waterpark and the LIE on Route 25 and hit two places. For after-park the park closes try the Roadhouse. It's a nice spot for pizza and traditional Italian heros and platters. During the summer you can sit on the picnic tables facing the river. Save room for desert and enjoy Snowflake homemade ice cream right across the road. (No sitdown tables), but a lot of nice local folks.

Coney Island - Two towns over is Sheepeshad Bay. Hit Roll-N-Roaster on Emmons Avenue for really good classic comfort foot. A little pricy but delicious. (Parking lot is notoriously small for the volume it does.

Friday, October 25, 2013 8:41 AM

I will add a couple near Kennywood. At The Waterfront there is Rock Bottom which is a national chain micro-brewery but very good and affordable and by next season there should be a local burger joint called Burgatory. Killer shakes, good veggie burgers. Those are about five minutes from the park.

For more local flavor if your getting back on to 376, just continue on Braddock Ave a few blocks into what is named Regent Square. There are a number of places to grab a bite and a beer. All local. My favorites are D's and The Map Room. For breakfast there is Square Cafe and for dessert there is Vanilla Pastry Studio. There is also thai, a fancy Italian place and a fancy modern place. This is all on one block so if one is too busy you can just go next door.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:42 PM

Gary Dowdell said:

"Worlds of Fun/Kansas City - (1) Oklahoma Joe's BBQ. Deserves all of the accolades it gets. The brisket and ribs are excellent, the sides all above average and the fries as addictive as they come. They also have the best BBQ sauce I've tasted"

Not really near WOF, but I second Oklahoma Joes. Amazing food. And yes, it's in a gas station.

If you're in the mood for more upscale BBQ, try Jacks Stacks. Also downtown and not near WOF, but this is the best BBQ I've ever had. Like I said, it's more upscale. Certainly not rolls of paper towels and trays. But they serve Lamb ribs. Amazing!

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:47 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:44 PM

Dollywood/Knoxville - (1) Puleo's Grille. This is a regional chain that does American, Southern and Italian but the food here is reasonably priced and always very good. One of the best house salads anywhere. (2) Chandler's Deli. It's a few miles away from the University of Tennessee campus and has really good soul food. My friend - a huge catfish fan - says it's done the best here. (3) Cities Cupcakes. The best cupcakes I've ever tasted. It's one of the very few places I'll intentionally adjust my travel schedule to make sure I visit when they're open.

While I've never been to these places, and they sound great, I'm gonna counter with this: If you leave Dollywood and still want food, you're doing it wrong. I could live off their cinnamon bread alone. (albeit, not for very long)

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Saturday, October 26, 2013 9:48 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:43 AM

Since we are talking about Dollywood area, I recommend The Old Mill restaurant near the park. Yummy country cooking at a decent price. Next to my Aunt Linda's, it's my favorite place to eat.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:44 PM

Does your Aunt Linda live near a park?

Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:56 PM

Just had to pitch in with this. Based on all the talk from you guys, and the fact that I've been a CP regular for 14 years now and have never even heard of the place, Boogie (my son) and I hit up Chet and Matt's after our day at CP today. I gotta say, when you're right, you're right. The pizza was great, the cheezy sticks were great, and even our server was fantastic. Will be coming back next year for sure. Thanks for the heads up guys.

I've also had Cameo before, in their Port Clinton location. Also very good, but it was very greasy. Or should I say it was very good *because* it was very greasy...

Friday, November 8, 2013 8:11 AM

I know the Hershey area very well, and there is a lot of variety depending what you want to eat. There are a lot of good options close by depending on what eating budget you have, and where you are staying.

There are many more other great places.

Friday, November 8, 2013 12:38 PM

Troegs is so close and so easy to get to from Hershey that it's a must stop IMO.

Friday, November 8, 2013 3:48 PM

Can't go. Wouldn't leave. Troegenator is the best beverage ever created.

Friday, November 8, 2013 8:02 PM

A double bock. Sounds thick.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 1:52 PM

I'm partial to Hopback Amber, myself.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 4:12 PM

I've not had a bad beer from Troegs, really. I don't like the Java Head, but that's just because I don't like coffee beers.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 4:26 PM

Near Cedar Point is a great secret of Sandusky .. Pizza House East!! When we were there this July we left the park for dinner (you can leave completely one time with your parking reciept) and found it close via gps.. its about 8-10 mins from the park. We have been to Sandusky twice since and get it each time and looking forward to it next weekend when we go to Kalahari. Its mom and pop but as for good greasy pizza .. it is amazing!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013 6:58 PM

Tis the season for Mad Elf, which is always a. Good choice.

I'm going to go have my yearly one Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and go back to IPAs :).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:46 AM

Nugget Nectar is always a good time, and nothing more needs to be said about the glory of Troegenator. Also, the Troegs taproom usually has a few of their never-bottled scratch batches available. If there's a better brewery/amusement park pairing out there than Troegs/Hershey, I'd love to know about it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:52 AM

Nugget is fantastic, but after chasing it every year for the last 5 years or so, the glory of Hopback Amber and it's year-round availability has really started to shine for me.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:06 PM

Just outside of Universal Orlando there's a little burger place called Junior Colombian Burger off vineland and kirkman. Its a great little burger joint with Colombian inspiration. Open late so its good to stop by after a day at the parks. That's the only place that springs to mind nearby there that isn't a chain you can find almost anywhere.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 11:38 PM

When I was at Dollywood last week I found a place called Poynors Pommes Frites. Its located at The Island behind the Ferris wheel, I've never had frites before but they were delicious and they have many different types of sauces. Also they sell authentic German brats that were delicious.

If your near SFNE make sure to stop to Nickys pizza down the road, it is the best pizza with the biggest slices I've ever had.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:58 AM

You guys keep talking about Troegs, but Lancaster Brewing Company has a lot of good options too. Get the sampler. Their food is exceptional too. I'd rather go there. Appalachian brewing company is really good as well. On the weekends they have a lot of good bands play there as well. Both of those are in Harrisburg not far from Hersheypark.


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