Xcoaster wrote:As a disclaimer, I've been to most of these only once or twice...
Coney Island - Totonno's - 1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totonno's It's a short walk from the boardwalk at Coney Island. One of Scott's recommended pizzarias. Still the best pizza I've ever had (though it's hard to go wrong in New York).
For anyone planning a trip, be aware Totonnos is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Just realized that I forgot to add something to this post. About 2 miles away from Coney Island's Luna Park is Roll N Roaster a Brooklyn institution for over 40 years serving up insanely good roast beef sandwiches.
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Jew wrote:I'll add Portillo's to the list for Knott's Berry Farm. One of only two in CA of this famous Chicago chain happens to be in the Buena Park Mall right across from Knott's. Fantastic hot dogs! And fries! And shakes!
Do the CA versions have the delicious Italian Beef?
Same menu. I haven't tried the Chicago one, but I was definitely impressed by this one.
ejot wrote:Java Moon Cafe is a worthwhile stop on a visit to SFGAd, nearby which there is not much other interesting food. It's just up the road on the other side of I-195. They have an imaginative menu with some unique creations, especially the sandwiches. Yelp notes some issues with waitstaff attitudes, but we didn't have any problem. http://www.javamoon.com/find.html
Java Moon is okay, but it's at such a terrible intersection. Rte 537 becomes such a nightmare over there during park season. I always did my best to avoid that part whenever I could because of the high accident rate.
SFSTL - Like stated in the first post, Super Smokers and Joe Boccardi's are both very good. Super Smokers is obviously barbeque, where you pick your sauces. Joe Boccardi's is Italian, great pizza.
But another good place is POOR RICHARDS. Its about 1 1/2 - 2 miles east of the park on Fifth street in the Dickey Bubs Plaza behind White Castle. Its a local pub/ bar and they have great wings, big salads, huge juicy burgers, and a really good Philly cheese steak. Their prices are very reasonable. And on game nights when the STL Cardinals, Blues, and Mizzou Tigers play, $4 pints in a glass with the local teams logo where you get to keep the pint glass and refills are $2!!!
I know you don't want national chains, but I love me some Famous Dave's and they are sparse enough to almost feel like they are not a chain. There used to be one at CP Marina; however, it appears they've been moved into Sand Castle Suites.
Of the road, but still in a truck...By the way, that's my dog Millie (named after Millennium Force) over there to the left!
I'll go ahead and add one near SFMM. Chi Chi's Pizza is located 15-20 minutes (with traffic) from the park, and ranks as one of the three best pizza places (if you're curious, Lombardi's in NYC and Home Slice Pizza would be the other two I put in the same class) I have ever been to. When I was living in Santa Clarita that was a place we used to hit all the time. They have a decent size menu and have a bunch of other good Italian food, but the pizza really is the star of the show there.
There are actually two locations that are in the vicinity of the park, they are a chain of 5 restaurants I believe.
jacksoro2 wrote:I went to the DMV area at the end of October to get in coasters before some parks closed and I got a chance to go to Ben's Chili Bowl when I left SFA. Although it's not right around the corner it was close enough and the food was good enough to make the trip worth it. Maybe I'm greedy as hell but I went back and ordered seconds that day.
Ben's Chili Bowl is godly. Highly recommended if you're in/around DC.
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