>It can be challenging to choose where to eat at theme parks. How do you know if the corn dogs are as delicious as they smell, or if that ice cream sandwich is really as refreshing as your froglets think it will be? If you’re a frog foodie, you’re probably hoping to try the food the theme park is most known for. Hoppily, we have you covered in that department! Today, we're looking at the class must-try foods at Knott's Berry Farm!
Classic Knott's Berry Farm Foods for Lunch & Dinner
Mrs Knott's Fried Chicken Dinner (The California Marketplace): Knott's Berry Farm got its start not with rides but with a restaurant: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a hearty meal after a long day in the park. Located just outside the exit gates of Knott’s Berry Farm, we recommend saving this pick for the end of the day.
We recommend going with the restaurant’s namesake and choosing the Fried Chicken Dinner option for the whole family. Once seated, frog parents and froglets can feast on freshly baked biscuits, creamy mashed potatoes, healthy vegetables and, of course, fried chicken galore. The fried chicken recipe has stayed the same since the very beginning — just one bite and you’ll see why!
(Fun fact: Cornelia Knott opened her kitchen to the world in 1934, while her husband Walter Knott built an Old Western set to entertain guests while they waited. That Old Western set eventually became Ghost Town, just one of several lands inside the park!)
Burgers at Ghost Town Grill (Ghost Town):
The Ghost Town Grill is an ideal spot for lunch inside Knott's Berry Farm. Frog families will think they’ve stepped inside a classic Western frontier set, minus the rowdy cowboys and the addition of air-conditioning!
For the frog parents:
While there are many dishes to choose from such as steaks, sandwiches and salads, we recommend frog parents diving into the Gold Rush Burger: a ⅓ pound charbroiled all-beef patty, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, BBQ sauce and onion rings, plus a side of crispy hot fries.
If you’re a vegetarian/vegan frog family don’t worry! There are pizzas, sandwiches and salads to choose from as well.
For the froglets:
The “Little Wrangler” food options all come with apple slices or fries, a kid-sized beverage and a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Froglets can pick between a hamburger, hot dog or chicken tenders. (We recommend the chicken tenders as they’re the most finger-food-friendly!)
For the whole frog family:
While waiting for our main courses to come through, we like to indulge in an appetizer or two for ourselves and the froglets. The carne asada nacho fries — fries doused in gravy, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and cheese — are one of the most popular picks.
Classic Knott's Berry Farm Desserts
Sutter’s Loaded Funnel Cakes (Ghost Town): One of the most beloved food items at the park, the Fully Loaded Funnel Cake, is a must-try, even if its just a few bites per frog! This powdered sugar crispy treat comes with a boysenberry, strawberry or apple topping and a swirly, creamy mountain of vanilla ice cream in the center of it all. (You might want to wait until after riding the Timber Mountain Log Ride for this treat, especially if you have froglets with sensitive stomachs!)
Boysenberry Pie: Not many tourists know this, but Knott’s Berry Farm really did start out as an actual farm with boysenberries as the main crop. This influence can be seen throughout the park in the various jams, drinks and desserts, but our personal recommendation is the Boysenberry Pie, located in bakeries, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant and the Ghost Town Grill. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this sweet treat is perfect for froglets and frog parents alike.
That wraps up our Knott's Berry Farm food picks, but there are plenty of other treats to choose from at this classic theme park! Headed to sunny LA with your frogtastic family? You'll find travel tips and resources inside our Los Angeles Planning Guide.