With all there is to do in Orange County, it’s important to remember to take a break and enjoy some of the delicious food offered! With so much variety it will be easy to find a destination to suit the whole family – here are some of our favorite fun places to eat in Buena Park in Orange County!
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant
In an attempt to ease their financial burden during the Great Depression, Mrs. Knott started selling her homemade fried chicken dinners on the berry farm in 1934. With the delicious meals in high demand, the popularity soon paved the way to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, the first restaurant at Knott’s. Perfect for the hungry amusement-park visitor, each chicken dinner comes with three pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, handmade biscuits, a side salad, choice of cabbage or cherry rhubarb, and mashed potatoes smothered with gravy.
With all that good food, it’s impossible to leave hungry. Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner also offers a variety of other dishes, including grilled chicken, salads and open-faced sandwiches. Of course, no meal at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner would be complete without the Farm’s signature item: boysenberry pie! The boysenberry is a hybrid combination of the European raspberry and blackberry, American dewberry, and loganberry. But most importantly? It’s delicious.
Porto’s Bakery and Cafe
A good bakery is often hard to come by, but not in Buena Park. Porto’s Bakery & Cafe is the hottest spot in town for breakfast, lunch, dinner, specialty coffee, and of course, dessert. We got to speak with Betty Porto, owner of Porto’s and daughter of Rosa Porto, the woman behind the magic. Not only is Porto’s filled with delicious goodies, but it also holds an incredible success story that begins with its Cuban roots – the heart and soul of Porto’s is the owner’s mother, who came over to the US from Cuba. Her message of treating people with kindness and with respect is the core of the Porto’s mission.
Whether you’re looking for something savory or something sweet, the best place to satisfy your craving for something delicious is Porto’s. From potato balls, meat pies, chicken empanadas, Cuban cake, flan and crème Brûlée to mango mousse, cheesecake, and bread pudding there are close to 200 items to choose from! If you are looking for a home cooked taste and feel, Porto’s is the way to go. The food is always authentic and they know that their customers expect the same experience every time they visit. The endless love, support, and patronage from the customers of Porto’s truly says it all.
From their bakery and restaurant to their full coffee bar with dozens of hot and cold beverages to choose from, there’s something for everyone at Porto’s. And best of all, you’ll be treated like family.
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor
There’s no question: in Southern California, it gets hot. And if you can’t get to the beach to cool off with a swim, there’s hardly a better way to beat the heat than at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. Farrell’s first opened in 1963 in Portland, Oregon. Known for its old-fashioned aesthetic and epic sundaes, Farrell’s is a must for anyone looking to step back in time for an authentic ice cream parlor experience.
Today, Farrell’s in Buena Park is the most popular of the two remaining California locations. Not only was Farrell’s voted “Best Ice Cream” by Nickelodeon, but it’s also known for its delicious burgers and nostalgic candy. Although they continue to regularly update their menu with new meal options, there’s no question about it: Farrell’s keeps their traditions alive. Farrell’s is the perfect place to go if you want your kids to experience the taste of their parent’s childhood and will make for great family memories.