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From 128.237.231.145 on March 3, 2009 at 2:13 PM
This is the most useful thing ever!

Thanks!

From Deidre Dennis on March 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Don't know about Fast Food restaurants but we used to go to a sit-down restaurant called Po' Folks. Reminds you of a Cracker Barrel or something like that, except they were REALLY cheap for an entire meal. Certain days of the week, kids 11 and under eat free or something ridiculous. For two adults and two kids, including tip we spent maybe about $25-$30. Haven't been there since 2007 though, so it could be different now.

FYI, it's next door to the old Movieland Wax Museum, across the street from Medieval Times and on the same road as Knotts Berry Farm.

From 98.215.65.227 on March 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM
PO FOLKS! WOW! I haven't heard that name in a long time. We had them growing up around Cincy but haven't seen one in probably 15-20 years.
From Derek Potter on March 3, 2009 at 4:48 PM
I always wondered why they call it In-N-Out Burger. Is it because of the fast service, or something else.....You said that people don't get that fast food hangover from In-N-Out. Is that because the food doesn't hang around that often? I've never eaten at In-N-Out, but I hear things. On the other hand, I hear things about all the fast food chains. I'll be sure to try it out when the time comes.

Question...do you know a suit at In-N-Out or something? I mean, recommending the restaurant is one thing, but giving detailed directions to the closest In-N-Out stop at every SoCal park? hmmm..

From Robert Niles on March 3, 2009 at 5:47 PM
My original idea was to do a restaurant review on CityWalk, but with Wolfgang Puck closed, the nearest place I felt like recommending was... In-N-Out. The one at USH is close, which got me thinking about the nearest ones to the other parks, and then... Boom - column idea.
From Deidre Dennis on March 3, 2009 at 5:57 PM
Every time we've gone to Southern California, I've always promised myself to grab a bite at an In-And-Out Burger just because of the movie FLETCH. I remember the first time going to California after having watched FLETCH a million times and seeing an In-And-Out Burger. There's always so much traffic that I never stopped.

We were going to stop this past August but I ended up being a witness to a horrible car accident leaving Sea World San Diego and the man died. Lost my appetite after that and never got the chance to go :(

From 86.96.227.92 on March 3, 2009 at 6:48 PM
I never understood how McDonald's and Burger King can stay in business in southern California when In-n-Out is so much better. Even Carl's Jr. is better than McD's and BK. If you're in the area you should at least try In-n-Out though they're closed on major holidays so just take note. They also have Biblical passages on the bottom of their cups if that's a turn-on or turn-off in your case.
From Robert Niles on March 3, 2009 at 7:48 PM
Oh, the name is a reference to the fact that the original restaurants all were drive-throughs: You're in, and you're out.
From M. Ryan Traylor on March 4, 2009 at 12:26 AM
Double double with grilled and chocolate shake!

As for restaurants up at CityWalk Robert, I've been a fan of Camacho's and The Daily Grill.

From Robert Niles on March 4, 2009 at 8:36 AM
Thanks for the tips. I'll have to give those a try.
From Joseph Staconis on March 5, 2009 at 2:02 AM
whenever I go to USH In & Out burgers are a must there fries are great to and great prices in this day and age that's a must
From Brandon Mendoza on March 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM
In-N-Out is delicious! Best Fast Food if you ask me. Fresh everything!

But I have to admit, I'm not a fan of fast food anymore. I've become more interested in sit down places (not necessarily full service).

So in the interest of best food near So Cal Theme Parks, I'll concentrate on San Diego and its neighboring communities.

If you're by Sea World, and are craving Ribs, both pork and beef, check out Phil's BBQ @ 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110. Delicious no matter what you get, along with great service. Order from the counter, find a seat, and pick up your food when you get called by the hand held buzzer. Not necessarily cheap as food ranges anywhere from $8 to $16 for a full meal with drink, the place also sells beer. The BBQ Sauce is the best, and tv's are always showing some sort of sport. Again, service is the best!

One warning though, the place gets BUSY. So avoid all lunch and dinner rushes. Treat it like an attraction (either go at open, or near close) and you'll be fine.

Again, if you're by Sea World San Diego, there is a wonderful burger place called Tioli's Crazee Burger in North Park, San Diego. 4201 30th St. It's a little hole in the wall featured on Food Network's Diners Drive-ins, & Dives that features the best burgers in San Diego, all made fresh... and ground fresh even! NO FREEZERS. Wine, beer, and soda are served here, along with a variety of burgers ranging from plain ground beef, to a mix of lamb and beef, to Buffalo burgers, to Ostrich, and Veggie Burgers. I highly recommend the Lamb & Beef burger, called the Santorini!

This place gets super busy too, and it's a small place.

Near Legoland, you can find a pretty good fast food restaurant called Angelo's (pronounced Anne-hello's) Burgers in Encinitas or Oceanside all on Highway 101. They're a mix of burgers and mexican food. The color scheme and logos are laughably similar to In-N-Out's scheme, but it's a good place to eat if you're willing to give it a chance. A little rough on the edges, the food is good, but the atmosphere is lacking.

And also near Legoland is Pizza Port, almost a Chuck E Cheeze's for adults, but with actually delicious pizza. Ok, so that's probably a bad analogy, but it's a pizza place that serves a wide variety of Pizza, as well as their own brewed beers. Carlsbad Chronic is one of their best, an amber ale. Find this place at 571 Carlsbad Village Drive. There are actually three different Pizza Ports, one in Solana Beach, one in San Clemente, and the Carlsbad branch... each one with their own specialty brews. The different pizzas are always delicious! Pizza Carlsbad is one of the most unique and tastiest!

From 66.161.59.254 on March 6, 2009 at 12:22 PM
They also pay their people the best wages in the industry (by far) and successfully handle all those order types with high accuracy and great quality. As long as you don't look at the nutritional content, it's a pleasure to eat there.
From 141.248.3.2 on March 9, 2009 at 8:34 AM
In-N-Out is definitely good food but I would caution potential customers who leave the park and intend to get back in a hurry. The name In-N-Out is a lie. Longest wait of any burger joint I've ever known. It doesn't matter which one you go to, you will wait and wait, even if you're the only customer there. Excellent quality burgers but if they want to compete with BK, McD and the likes they need to speed it up a bit. Not sure that I'd leave the park and put up with that wait. There's only so many hours in a day to be had in each park and by the time you step out the park gates and step back in again, it's been 90+ minutes. My 2-cents is to head there after the park closes since many In-N-Out are open past midnight.
From Chris Danger on March 9, 2009 at 3:00 PM
Niles, you forgot Tommys in LA man!!!! ;) Best Chili Burgers in SoCal. In-N-Out is ok (Animal Style Fries and an Arnold Palmer), but I prefer tommys hands down for the quality of food...