Who Doesn't eat park food because...

Saturday, March 16, 2002 1:05 AM
There are a lot of picky/cheap people here. ;)

I mean, I'm a picky person that is cheap most of the time, but come on. It IS part of the whole experience. Pretty much anything and everything in today's world is "overpriced" anyway. I say heck with it. Live life for the moment and worry about it later. As for the picky people, you have to like something that the park has to offer.

My favorite park for food is definitley Knotts Berry Farm. I always hit up Mrs. Knotts Restaurant for Breakfast before I even step foot into the actual park. It has some pretty dang good food for a cheap price. Then in the middle of the day we hit Auntie Pasta's inside the park. That place is awesome! A family of four pays $20 for all you can eat salad, breadsticks, spaghetti, and pizza. Also, you gotta love the Knotts Punch! That is the BEST stuff on Earth!!!!!

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 2:05 AM
I can never eat at parks, although once in awhile, I'll buy a Chicken Caesar salad. I sometimes bring an apple or orange in my pockets and an empty water bottle and fill it up there. That way you win both ways. You eat healthier foods, and youdon't pay nearly as much. B/T/W, I think I should mention now that I am one of those nutrition freaks/athletes. Besides all of this, once in a great, great while, I will treat myself to a strawberry n' cream cone at a park or BBQ Chicken tenders. I do wish though that parks served more healthier, everyday types of foods for the regular visitors? Dont you agree?
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Saturday, March 16, 2002 7:43 AM
"I do wish though that parks served more healthier, everyday types of foods for the regular visitors?" No kidding, CoasterGuy! I'm not what you would call an all-out healthy eater, if it's not beef or pork derived, or wild game, it's going down, fat content & all. I want to see rotisserie chickens, mashed potatoes, macaroni, creamed spinach, & just all-out southern food, lol. But like yourself, many people are careful & eat healthy stuff, you would think parks would at least give an option of a Boca Burger or something, you know!? All the foodservice suppliers have very low cost, quality tasting veggie patties that require as little as a toaster for their preperation(much better than that Subway thing). There probally is a veggie burger at a park out there somewhere, just haven't been there, yet.

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 10:43 AM
My family and i always go to a couple out of state major theme parks every year, and we only eat lunch at the parks and go out for dinner somewhere near by...I love that one resteraunt in Sandusky...i forget what it's called but they had awesome ribs!!! They also had an awesome view of the park from across the lake...great place!

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 11:30 AM

Koppman said:
"There are a lot of picky/cheap people here.
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And the longer you stay around the so-called "enthusiast community" the more you will run into cheap, stubborn, opinionated, picky, whiny, never-satisfied, hostile, over-eating, snotty, snobby, strange, even downright weird, pontificating bastards.
lata,
jeremy
--who is really just an opinionated hostile pontificating bastard ;)
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Saturday, March 16, 2002 1:23 PM
Tropical Flavored Mike&Ike's is as far as I go.

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 4:20 PM

My friends always eat at parks.

I used to not eat anything at parks, and I would usually end up sick at the end of the day. Then I started to eat, and It really helped me out. I would feel energized and great.

So, whenever my friends and I go to SFoG, we usually eat at this great place at the front of the park, next to the Ga. Cyclone. They have huge Cheesteaks and great seasoned fries. It is pretty cheap for park food, $6 for a huge cheesesteak, large fries (and I mean LARGE) and a Large Drink...can't get much better than that!

At PKI, we got our hands stamped, and went to eat at the Cooker close to the park..really good if you want a break from the park and you want to eat good food.

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Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:05 PM

thinking here is that parks with restaurants "next door" like BGT does will always provide better food options, since it's a five-minute walk across the street to any number of pizza/fast food type places. If you're thirty minutes driving to a "nearby" restaurant, you're basically a "captive audience"...

Of course, I am just an opinionated pontificating bastard, the hostility has eroded over time...;) Anyone seen the Bavarian Nut-meister around here anywhere.....yummmmmmm!

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Sunday, March 17, 2002 6:54 PM

I will not eat at my home park SFDL. The food is marginal, if you can call it that. I chow down before we get there and pack sandwiches. Seems since SF took over, the food went really down hill. It wasn't that great to begin with. But I have seen other such food atrocities at other SF parks.

However, when we go to one of our BGW trips. We just eat in the park. The food is very good, there, and I mean all of it. I eat brkfst at Squires Galley in the AM. Killer Surry sausage & egg samich. Nothing beats a corned beef & kraut samich, german tater salad, Black Forest cake, and a nice big cold Micholobe Honey Lager, to wet you whistle before heading out into hot, humid 98+ to ride Aply, or Apollo. ( thank God for a stomache of steel, and high metabolism to work it all off!)

Sure it's a little pricey, but since we go down there from NY 3 or 4 times a year, we have season passes, and that gives you a discount on you food and drink. Plus I just work the cost of that parks food into our budget cuz we eat it all. Except the pizza. Gotta go with 'Playa on that one. Have never ran into "authentic NY style OR CH style in any of my park exploring. You just don't know till you've had the real deal.

People who want to spend more $$ on souvenires and other stuff, should pack a lunch. Even the cheaper parks are raping ya.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 5:33 AM

Koppman said:
There are a lot of picky/cheap people here.

I mean, I'm a picky person that is cheap most of the time, but come on. It IS part of the whole experience.



If I'm visiting a park once a year--SURE it is.

If I'm visiting once a week (like VF), it really starts to add up.

Tell you what--I'll hand you CBaby and the 'Midget for a day. After you spend a day feeding those little buggers and springing for trinkets, bring 'em back and we'll discuss your whole new perspective on cheap :P

-'Playa

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 3/18/2002. ***

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Monday, March 18, 2002 6:59 AM

That's a good point. When you go to a park a LOT, you start eating AT the park less. Ironically, for me the park in question is Kennywood, which is one of the more reasonable (and tasty) places. I DON'T eat at Kennywood EVERY time I go, simply because I live close enough that I can have a good meal before I leave my house...

(Now, having said that, I'll frequently go for some Small Fry w/ buffalo sauce & cheese just because it's there :) )

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Monday, March 18, 2002 7:09 AM
SFA food choices and quality last summer during my visit were pretty astoundingly bad.
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Monday, March 18, 2002 7:58 AM

I'm kinda torn on this one... Generally, I take money enough where I could eat if I wanted, but most of the time, I hit corporates, so if I'm at PC, I just get the ol' hand stamp and take the quick ride up to Wendy's on the corner. I'm not above eating there though, but I'm with Rob.. it depends totally on the temperature. If I eat too much in the heat, I may find that the most thrilling ride I take all day is on the twah-lay (... not to mention the journey there is sometimes a heartstopper of it's own. ;)

By the way Bill, you and your stinkin Gators. I had you in my Final 4. Thanks for jobbing out to Creighton of all teams.

Brian, who's noticing a lot more people doing this after I stole the gimmick from Jeremy.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 8:21 AM
Well it depends, if I'm at a park where I wont be there all day, then no, I dont eat there (as is often the case with PKD & SFA). But when I'm on an "all day affair" I eat in the park because a) I gotta eat to live and b) it's something I wont do often. Though I've got to admitt, I wish more parks had "full-service" restaurants. I'm on vacation dagnabit! Wait on *me*!

Oh and Homey, what gimmick?
lata,
jeremy
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Monday, March 18, 2002 8:26 AM

2hostyl,

I fully agree with you that more parks need full service restaurants. That is one thing I like about CP, they have plenty of full service restaurants. I don't recall any at PKI, PKD, SFA or SFWoA. Can anyone out there fill in the holes?

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Monday, March 18, 2002 8:39 AM

The reason I don't eat park food is...well I used to work at a park in foods. I've seen what goes on when stuff is prepared, frankly it's scary.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 8:51 AM
Swoosh, you'll find that with any job, there's a reason I refuse to work in foods anymore.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 10:16 AM

Brian, I personally had *little* impact on the gators hoopsters, who really need to learn somethin' about that U-N-I-T-Y. Having players breaking other players' cheekbones the week of the NCAAs definitely showed the level of frustration our guys were going through. Over-rated...perhaps. Lacking a team-first mentality and the relentless drive to never give up...YES!

How this relates to park food....TWO things I cannot stomach are headbangers after a big meal, and b-ball teams that consist of five individuals with no common cause...small wonder we finished 2-8 in games decided by less than 5 points! B/W the Zags and the Gators, my brackets are in poor shape. Good thing the Dooookies and the Terps are still alive (I've got Duke over the Terps for the hardware).

Still searching for those cinnamon coated almonds.....yum!

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Monday, March 18, 2002 10:23 AM

Funny Bill, we must have had the same Final 4, cept I'm taking the Terps. Hopefully MY team in bball, the UK Wildcats will take out the Terps. I won't care about my bracket if my team wins.

Um, park food. Good. MMM. Funnel cakes. Can't beat em.

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Monday, March 18, 2002 10:26 AM
Hey VF, that's why I am on rides now.

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