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Quality of Mrs. Knott's Offerings Lower than Before?

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    Recently, I went to Mrs. Knott's for the first time since the renovation and I was under the impression that the food quality and service was not as good as it was prior to all the changes. For some reason the chicken dinners just didn't seem to be up to par compared to my previous trips to Mrs. Knott's (all prior to the refurbishment) and I almost dare say to me it slipped below Disneyland's Plaza Inn in quality. Does anyone know if there was a menu change or some other change that affected the dinners? I really want to believe it was just an off night that I was there, but the rest of the party I was with all agreed that something was definitely off about the food and was still solid but not top notch like it once was before. It was also a fairly busy Saturday night as well so I'd like to believe they were operating at their peak during that time.
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    there being cheap andim takeing a wild guess i had the chicken at scarey farm last yr it was blah to me i rather have store bought fried chicken or kfc or popeyes

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    • #3
      My wife and I thought the same thing when we tried it out after the remodel. It seemed soggy and lackluster, we were certainly disappointed.

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      • #4
        I had the chicken dinner Saturday night and it was just as good as I remembered.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by moregumboplease View Post
          My wife and I thought the same thing when we tried it out after the remodel. It seemed soggy and lackluster, we were certainly disappointed.
          That sounds rather unfortunate. The party I was with had the same experience as well and we are now having second thoughts about coming back to Mrs. Knott's for another go at their chicken dinners. They had such a good reputation in the past as far as the chicken dinners were concerned (we had dined there several times before) but coming back and having such a disappointing experience with the food was really a let down.
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          • #6
            The quality hasn't gone down, really. I think people's expectations have increased, the kind of old fashioned meal they provide (soup, salad, etc.) is less the norm (which is part of their charm, to me), and their prices seem to have increased.

            We've eaten there off and on since I was a kid (long time ago), and its always been hit or miss. Sometimes, you get lucky, and the chicken is piping hot, juicy, and wonderful. Sometimes, not so much. If anything, they've been more consistent since after the remodel. The soup and other sides remain the same. The portions are the same, and I still get plenty stuffed trying to finish a full meal. The buttermilk biscuits are same, if not better. I think the boysenberry jam has actually improved. They offer beer now, nice but overpriced. Some new appetizers, but I wouldn't fill up on them.

            They don't have the lines they used to, but that's been true since before the remodel. Again, I don't think it's Mrs. Knott's that's gotten worse, just the competition is stronger now and people's tastes have changed and gotten more varied and sophisticated. Compare the choices we have now, versus fifty years ago, within a short drive of Knott's. But I still love the place, and I'm glad they still exist. In part, for the memories of the many meals I've shared with my family (some no longer here, unfortunately) there over the years. Even the time we used to spend waiting in line, which was often the setting for some of the longest conversations I'd ever had with some of my relatives, is a source of nostalgia for me. We didn't agree on much, but ending the day with a meal at Mrs. Knott's was a given. My grandma loved the place, god bless her.

            For me, it's more than just the chicken, but judged on its own merits, the chicken dinner is still filling, tasty and unique in that they do provide a complete meal including dessert and soup or salad (you can even get both if you ask), which is increasingly rare nowadays. I hope that place is still there for my daughter to bring her own kids someday (when she has some, that is...)
            Last edited by whiteness; 04-01-2017, 11:13 PM.
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            • #7
              I've not had the opportunity to have a meal in the remodeled venue, have peaked in tho.
              I have bought chicken from the take out. No problem with the quality as far as I could tell.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by whiteness View Post
                The quality hasn't gone down, really. I think people's expectations have increased, the kind of old fashioned meal they provide (soup, salad, etc.) is less the norm (which is part of their charm, to me), and their prices seem to have increased.

                We've eaten there off and on since I was a kid (long time ago), and its always been hit or miss. Sometimes, you get lucky, and the chicken is piping hot, juicy, and wonderful. Sometimes, not so much. If anything, they've been more consistent since after the remodel. The soup and other sides remain the same. The portions are the same, and I still get plenty stuffed trying to finish a full meal. The buttermilk biscuits are same, if not better. I think the boysenberry jam has actually improved. They offer beer now, nice but overpriced. Some new appetizers, but I wouldn't fill up on them.

                They don't have the lines they used to, but that's been true since before the remodel. Again, I don't think it's Mrs. Knott's that's gotten worse, just the competition is stronger now and people's tastes have changed and gotten more varied and sophisticated. Compare the choices we have now, versus fifty years ago, within a short drive of Knott's. But I still love the place, and I'm glad they still exist. In part, for the memories of the many meals I've shared with my family (some no longer here, unfortunately) there over the years. Even the time we used to spend waiting in line, which was often the setting for some of the longest conversations I'd ever had with some of my relatives, is a source of nostalgia for me. We didn't agree on much, but ending the day with a meal at Mrs. Knott's was a given. My grandma loved the place, god bless her.

                For me, it's more than just the chicken, but judged on its own merits, the chicken dinner is still filling, tasty and unique in that they do provide a complete meal including dessert and soup or salad (you can even get both if you ask), which is increasingly rare nowadays. I hope that place is still there for my daughter to bring her own kids someday (when she has some, that is...)

                Mrs. Knott's
                I have not been there,since the remodeling
                And your Opinion sound close to many other's
                For me it is nostalgia ,as well History....
                I going have to check it out......Thank You for sharing
                Last edited by Eagleman; 04-04-2017, 07:21 PM.
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                • #9
                  Disneyland's Plaza Inn,does have good Chicken Dinner ,that is filling....
                  Lest I always happy with that meal
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Eagleman View Post
                    Disneyland's Plaza Inn,does have good Chicken Dinner ,that is filling....
                    Lest I always happy with that meal
                    I like the chicken at both places. We are lucky to have such great options!

                    I do prefer the choice of side dishes at Knott's. I love their boysenberry jam with buttermilk biscuits. And their rhubarb is unique and tasty!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by whiteness View Post

                      I like the chicken at both places. We are lucky to have such great options!

                      I do prefer the choice of side dishes at Knott's. I love their boysenberry jam with buttermilk biscuits. And their rhubarb is unique and tasty!
                      HEY...Now you can not go wrong with boysenberry jam with buttermilk biscuits!

                      I do not ,forget the rhubarb pie...........

                      LOL I already had dinner tonight.....now for some reason ,I want run out for Chicken Dinner......LOL
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by whiteness View Post
                        The quality hasn't gone down, really. I think people's expectations have increased, the kind of old fashioned meal they provide (soup, salad, etc.) is less the norm (which is part of their charm, to me), and their prices seem to have increased.

                        We've eaten there off and on since I was a kid (long time ago), and its always been hit or miss. Sometimes, you get lucky, and the chicken is piping hot, juicy, and wonderful. Sometimes, not so much. If anything, they've been more consistent since after the remodel. The soup and other sides remain the same. The portions are the same, and I still get plenty stuffed trying to finish a full meal. The buttermilk biscuits are same, if not better. I think the boysenberry jam has actually improved. They offer beer now, nice but overpriced. Some new appetizers, but I wouldn't fill up on them.

                        They don't have the lines they used to, but that's been true since before the remodel. Again, I don't think it's Mrs. Knott's that's gotten worse, just the competition is stronger now and people's tastes have changed and gotten more varied and sophisticated. Compare the choices we have now, versus fifty years ago, within a short drive of Knott's. But I still love the place, and I'm glad they still exist. In part, for the memories of the many meals I've shared with my family (some no longer here, unfortunately) there over the years. Even the time we used to spend waiting in line, which was often the setting for some of the longest conversations I'd ever had with some of my relatives, is a source of nostalgia for me. We didn't agree on much, but ending the day with a meal at Mrs. Knott's was a given. My grandma loved the place, god bless her.

                        For me, it's more than just the chicken, but judged on its own merits, the chicken dinner is still filling, tasty and unique in that they do provide a complete meal including dessert and soup or salad (you can even get both if you ask), which is increasingly rare nowadays. I hope that place is still there for my daughter to bring her own kids someday (when she has some, that is...)

                        I don't think peoples expectations have increased, Knott's has always held a high standard as far as their chicken is concerned. The last meal I had at Mrs. Knott's prior to this trip was right before they closed for the remodel so the construction aside, it wasn't that long between my two trips to Knotts. As for what others have said, I think as far as Chicken goes in the area, the Plaza Inn was a close second for me before but I think if I have another "meh" experience at Knott's, Plaza Inn will definitely take the #1 spot on my chicken list as it's always been a close call for me with the two.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eagleman View Post

                          HEY...Now you can not go wrong with boysenberry jam with buttermilk biscuits!

                          I do not ,forget the rhubarb pie...........

                          LOL I already had dinner tonight.....now for some reason ,I want run out for Chicken Dinner......LOL
                          Yes, I'm getting the same ideas!

                          This weekend I'm at Knott's. But maybe I have to eat the Boysenberry festival food in the park, and take home chicken and pie for later. No problem: I even still love their chicken the next day!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by whiteness View Post

                            Yes, I'm getting the same ideas!

                            This weekend I'm at Knott's. But maybe I have to eat the Boysenberry festival food in the park, and take home chicken and pie for later. No problem: I even still love their chicken the next day!
                            Geeee ,what you doing to me!

                            Chicken Dinner one night ,Boysenberry Festiva the next.....my brain ,can not take this .......L L
                            They all Good Food time at Knott's
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TFN5459 View Post


                              I don't think peoples expectations have increased, Knott's has always held a high standard as far as their chicken is concerned. The last meal I had at Mrs. Knott's prior to this trip was right before they closed for the remodel so the construction aside, it wasn't that long between my two trips to Knotts. As for what others have said, I think as far as Chicken goes in the area, the Plaza Inn was a close second for me before but I think if I have another "meh" experience at Knott's, Plaza Inn will definitely take the #1 spot on my chicken list as it's always been a close call for me with the two.

                              Disneyland /Knott's ......CHICKEN Dinner's is ....NECK to NECK
                              LoL

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                              • #16
                                Our expectations have not changed at all. The restaurant is right up there in nostalgia as Disneyland is for our family. It was a favorite of my late grandma and grandpa and it seemed like we would go there a few times a year (back in the 1980s) with the ENTIRE family, aunts, uncles, cousins. Like someone else mentioned, even though the wait seemed like it would never end, those long waits made for some fantastic memories of playing with my cousins. Running around the "free" areas of the park and passing the time.

                                I'm far from a food critic, but I still believe when my wife and I last went there the quality seemed to be sub par. Maybe it wasn't quite fresh, or maybe it sat in the box/bucket too long and it got soggy from the steam? Either way, the nostalgia is so strong with Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner that I will always go back, even if the remodel feels gentrified.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by moregumboplease View Post
                                  I'm far from a food critic, but I still believe when my wife and I last went there the quality seemed to be sub par. Maybe it wasn't quite fresh, or maybe it sat in the box/bucket too long and it got soggy from the steam? Either way, the nostalgia is so strong with Mrs. Knotts Chicken Dinner that I will always go back, even if the remodel feels gentrified.
                                  I felt the same way too when I had it, still good but pretty "meh" compared to what it was before the remodel. I do plan on going back to Mrs. Knott's at least one more time to offset the chance that it was an "off" day for them but I'm thinking that the odds that they were off on a Saturday evening are pretty slim.

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                                  • #18
                                    Welp, I must update my position on the KBFCD experience. We were there this past Sunday for my mom's birthday dinner. We ordered the huge 22 piece combo to go and ate outside of the Starbucks, in the shaded patio area. This time around the chicken was on point! It was crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and was night and day different from the previous experience I shared earlier in this thread. Happy to report that we were super stoked on it this time!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by moregumboplease View Post
                                      Welp, I must update my position on the KBFCD experience. We were there this past Sunday for my mom's birthday dinner. We ordered the huge 22 piece combo to go and ate outside of the Starbucks, in the shaded patio area. This time around the chicken was on point! It was crispy on the outside, moist on the inside and was night and day different from the previous experience I shared earlier in this thread. Happy to report that we were super stoked on it this time!
                                      That sounds promising, I will definitely have to go back and give them a second try. Like I stated previously, I've always liked Knott's chicken and I've been hoping that my previous experience was simply a fluke on the day that I happened to be there.
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                                      • #20
                                        Mrs. Knotts would roll over in her grave at the poor quality of the very thing that made Knotts Berry Farm --- her Chicken Dinner restaurant.

                                        I remember as a kid how Mrs. Knott would roam around the dining room making certain that every guest was enjoying their meal and also making certain that the (mostly ladies) who worked there were doing everything to Mrs Knott's standards.

                                        For year after that the ladies who lived nearby in Buena Park were always a reliable work force. Little old ladies most people would think of as their grandmothers. Things have certainly changed a lot in Buena Park today.... all of those little old Knotts employees are gone replaced now by workers who.... well, let's just say are different.

                                        Best thing to do is boycott the chicken dinner restaurant until they get a food director committed to getting things correct. Which would START with enforcing employee standards.

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