Knott's Goes Small on One of Its Big Ideas

July 5, 2020, 11:11 PM · Knott's Berry Farm hasn't reopened yet, but it's letting fans have a taste of one of its big attractions that was supposed to debut earlier this year.

The very last media event I attended before the pandemic shut down everything was Knott's preview for its then-upcoming annual Boysenberry Festival. And, by far, the "look at me" highlight of the evening was this bad boy.

The Mega Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner-burger

That was "The Mega Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner-burger" — four one-pound hamburger patties, with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, on a colossal bun, topped with an entire Boysenberry pie, then topped with four Mrs. Knott's fried chicken breasts. It was just one of the over-the-top dishes planned for the event, which was canceled when Covid-19 forced the park to close.

California has closed indoor dining as well as postponed any clearance for theme parks to reopen, but Knott's is offering take-out and patio dining at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant in its California Marketplace, for fans who want a taste of the park while it remains closed.

Now Knott's is expanding its signature restaurant's menu to include a taste of that bad boy we never got at the Boysenberry Festival.

Mrs. Knott's Fried Egg Cheeseburger

It's Mrs. Knott's Fried Egg Cheeseburger, a fried-chicken-topped burger designed for one person to eat, rather than one Instagrammer to post. This one throws in the fried egg from "The WOW Pasty" but skips the Boysenberry pie - though I suspect you could just go ahead and order a slice of that, if you'd like, for dessert.

The burger is available at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which had to close its indoor dining rooms last month when the state stepped back its reopening plans in response to a surge of coronavirus cases.

As theme parks take what steps they can to return, food can be one of their most powerful attractions. Sure, you can get a burger - or even some fried chicken - pretty much anywhere. But parks, such as Knott's, that can offer unique food and beverage items that fans crave might be able to convince fans to come out for some take-out, if nothing else.

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