Kennywood has some great food too! At the cafeteria try the chicken salad it is homemade and tastes great. They have many different dishes at the cafeteria try what you like. It will be difficult to be disapointed. Also when in Kennywood try one of thier chocolate dipped ice cream cones – fresh fruit cups, and of course go to the Potato Patch in the park and try the fries.
Great idea! Maybe you’ll hit a "home run."
What I did see at Kennywood was those walk-around sundaes on a strangely-shaped cone.
Glad you had a good time Nancy! They may not do the ice cream sandwiches anymore, it was back in the 70’s when I was there, but they were good, I have always remembered them.
That gives me an idea…maybe we could sell them at daughters softball tournaments when it is our turn to host![:p]
Thanks, Signman & Julia I – you were both right about the fries at the Potato Patch in Kennywood–stupendous! We actually saw them behind the counter slicing the potatoes & throwing them right in the fryer. Talk about fresh! Plus, as many free toppings as you wanted – wow…
Lonestar, I looked for the waffle/ice cream combo but did not see it. That does not mean it’s gone though; I just might’ve missed that particular stand…
Very nice park & a real contrast to Hershey, which we did the day before. It’s easy to get around & not too exhausting. At Hershey we walked for 12 hours. At least at Disney, there are conveyances to move you around from place to place. Not so at Hershey. The skyride doesn’t even get you across the park! YIKES [:(]
Forgot to mention that there is a side benefit about going to Hersheypark – all of that luscious chocolate of course! My favorite is the Special Dark Bar, followed not too closely by the original Hershey Bar. Hope it won’t be too hot – melting could be a BIG problem! [:(]
I second the motion on Kennywood’s french fries, they are really good. As for Knoebel’s, I think they make pretty good fried chicken, if I remember correctly. I have made the same trip that you are making, but I have to admit that the time in between amusement parks is kind of a blur. (I stopped at five amusement parks in just a few days.)
I’ll try to remember to let you know on that, Lonestar! We’re going the third week in August. Can’t wait!
We lived in Pennsylvania for a couple of years when my father was transferred there. I loved going to Kennywood and getting a waffle ice cream sandwich.
Two hot just-cooked waffels with a thick slice of brick neopalitan ice cream in between.
Do they still make them there?
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I’ve not been to Kennywood but Nancy, I’d have to agree with you on Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Our family went there two years ago and I was impressed by not only the food but the general atmosphere of the park. Happy coasting!
Thanks, Signman, as this is exactly the type of info I was hoping to get! The french fries will be the next stop directly after navigating the big coasters… My boys & I (husband could care less)HAVE to ride immediately upon entering any park… But, I must say, fries will be a good reward afterwards for a job well done on the rails!
You’ll find good frozen custard at Masseys in Carlisle.
At Kennywood, everyone lines up at the Potato Patch for fresh cut fries. This one stand may well be the most popular at any amusement park.
I never leave Pittsburgh without a stop on Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill for pizza. Mineos is a top vote getter for best in town, but I prefer Aiellos a few doors up the street. The slices that are ready to go sitting on top of the ovens are better than a fresh pie. It takes a little time for the cheese and sauce to meld to the dough. The subs are good too and dirt cheap.
Thanks for reminding me about Knoebel’s. That can be part of our next year’s tour. Believe it or not, at one time, my husband was responsible for their corporate insurance. I just asked him about it, & he said it was a pleasure dealing with them–they have very high values! No wonder this old-fashioned park is still around.
I want to clarify my original point that not only are we looking for good amusement park food (hence my aside about Busch Gardens), but also that we’re seeking good roadfood in between Hershey & Kennywood.
Help me find some decent food everybody!
Knoebel’s in Elysburg (not too far from Bloomsburg or Hazleton) is a great mom and pop amusement park with a lot of old rides, good coasters, a nice pool area, family shows…and, for amusement parks, some really good food (their sit-down restaurant always wins awards for amusement parks, so does their pizza—that’s OK). Best of all it’s cheap too! Free admission—you can pay by the ride. Charming and recommended!
Can anyone suggest some good spots enroute from Hershey Park to Kennywood Park in Pennsylvania or in the parks themselves? We’re doing an amusement park tour this month with our two boys, ages 15 & 11.
So far, the best amusement park food we’ve had was at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. The ribs & smoked chicken in the Old Quebec section of the park are amazing! We ate there two days in a row last summer. Busch Gardens is fantastic – clean, beautiful, and great attention to detail! It was a nice change of pace from Disney.
Amusement Park Food – Pennsylvania
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