Joshua Counsil

Published: July 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Good article.

"Portions might seem on the small side ..."

Uhh ... maybe it's light diffusion, but that burger looks pretty huge.

"It ain't cheap - six bucks for a burger ..."

Damn, I hate Canadian prices. Our McDonald's restaurants charge $6 for the burger itself, and usually a fast food restaurant meal runs me just over $10.

I'd like to see an article about local favorites in Orlando. There are a few in The Unofficial Guide and other guide books, but I want to know what the readers think.

Elizabeth Gray

Published: July 23, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Like Holidayworld (yet to visit), I like parks where the food is quality then I don't have to hunt around. This is one of the reasons I LOVE Kennywood in Pittsburgh so much. The food is quality and has reasonable prices. There is just a lot of love there.

Also as larger parks go, Buschgardens Williamsburg has great food places. Some locals have season passes just to go to dinner there.

I would love to check Knoebles some day too. Family run and it us said thet best food in the regional park buiz. However I have to wait for the wee one to show up first. No rollercoasters for me right now. Next summer!! :)

Bruce Lane

Published: July 23, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Although I've not yet been to that part of the country, I most definitely agree with checking for local places. My lady and I have had excellent luck doing so. Some examples include:

(Cowichan Bay, BC, Vancouver Island) The restaurant atop the Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina has the BEST Sunday brunch we've ever gone for. $20 CAD per person gets you full access to an amazing array of breads, meat, fish, salads and desserts, all locally made. If you go for the later slot (11:00 or so), you might get lucky and encounter the roasted 'purple majesty' potatoes.

(Kent, Washington, downtown) Spiro's Greek Island. Little bitty hole-in-the-wall. You'd never find them unless you'd heard about them, but they've got amazingly good stuff at very decent prices, and live belly-dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. The souvlaki platter and gyros are both second to none. WARNING: The desserts reach a new level of 'decadent,' especially the baklava.

(Oakland, California, near the Rockridge BART station if they still exist) Zachary's Pizza. Just go. You won't regret it.

On another related topic, my lady and I have discovered that we greatly prefer bed-and-breakfast places to the standard hotel/motel. Usually much less expensive, and we have a far better chance of getting a comfortable bed (as opposed to something that feels like a new model of padded concrete slab).

Happy travels.

James Rao
Writer

Published: July 23, 2009 at 8:26 PM

I have not made it to Local Burger, but will check it out next time I am in Lawrence. Usually we hit the Yello Sub when in that area. Despite the fact that it has become somewhat of a local chain (Planet Sub), its roots are all in Lawrence.

There really are a bunch of great places to eat in the Greater Kansas City area, some locally owned some not. Among the local joints you have Mugs Up Drive In, at least a dozen great BBQ places (Smokehouse and Jack Stack for sure), Stroud's, Jerusalem Cafe, La Bodega, Margarita's, Grinders, Genghis Khan, and Chartreuse Caboose to name just a few. For national chains there's places like Raglan Road, Houston's, McCormick and Schmick's, Cheesecake Factory, and all the best national chains. One thing KC really has going for it is restaurants! I guess we do like to eat here in the Midwest! Maybe because there's not much else to do?

A couple of local options we hit recently in our travels were Bobo's Drive-In (Topeka, KS), which had some pretty good grease-based food, and Allins Diner (St. Charles, MO) which had the best burgers I have had in a long while.

And just south of me in Branson at a little place called Silver Dollar City, well, there's some of the finest theme park food this side of Orlando! If you are in the area, definitely stop in for a few skillet meals and some homemade potato chips!

Corbin Sanders

Published: July 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM

If you dont want to pay 13 bucks for pizza in Cedar Point, just drive on down to "East of chicago pizza" not even Five miles from the park entrance. A buffet and a drink is only 5 dollars, compared to the 13 dollars in the park (Taken from the pizzeria next to Maverick). While you are there, check out their crazy Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza!