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New funnel cakes announced today:
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Love funnel cake? Well check this out! Starting Saturday, we’ll have a special caramel apple funnel cake with cinnamon sugar and ice cream and a candy apple flavored funnel cake, both created by our Executive Chef. Trust us… they're DELICIOUS! Stop by World’s Greatest Funnel Cake, Apple Ida’s or Inferno to get one!

Good lord this looks incredible.
 
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I don't think making diabetes jokes is all that tasteful... Instead I feel as though we should focus on how phenomenal they look. I wonder if the staff has actually been trained to prepare them as depicted. That's some pretty grand presentation.
 
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It looks like all they would have to do is cook the funnel cake, dust it with whichever topping, put on the ice cream, and drizzle with whichever syrup.

I love this executive chef

Edit: also apples
 
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BGW's culinary department, is sitting behind it's desk with it's feet up whistling, and playing on it's phone, while KD's is doing, well, amazing. I'm just waiting for the scale to tip.

Anyways, I never thought a professional Chef would ever have a say in how funnel cakes are made, I'm stunned. They look delicious!
 
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Chef Paul started with the park at the beginning of July. He seems to be jumping in with both feet this season. I was not expecting much for this year; but, with Bistro 75 and the new funnel cake flavors, he is proving me wrong!

I realize most food places in the park fall into the burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and chicken strips/sandwiches category; but, there are several places where Chef Paul could make his mark for next year.

On the top of my list is the Country Kitchen. I would love to see him improve the side items and tweak the barbeque recipes. Maybe go back and offer ribs again?

Victoria's Pizza is my next thought. Maybe offer some basic pasta dishes like spaghetti & meatballs, lasagne, eggplant/chicken parmesan? (I thought they did meatball subs and lasagne in the past. I believe they dropped those a couple years ago).  

Outer Hanks could be another food establishment he could tinker with. This goes for the Border Cafe as well.

I assume Chef Paul could tweak the pizza crust/sauce/cheese recipes. Not sure what he could do with the burger/dogs/chicken places. Maybe review/check out new suppliers?

Might need to move this to a general eateries forum topic.
 

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OK. Not to be too negative, but I just want to point out that in general funnel cake looks and smells better than it tastes. Perhaps we should wait until people have sampled the new dishes, before swooning all over the place.

This comment is not meant as a criticism of the chef, but as a comment on fried dough in general.
 

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I generally appreciate it when parks DO not serve pasta, and for a very simple reason. Pasta is hard to make well in large batches. It always ends up limp and mushy and then it sits around.
 
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I tried the meatball sub when Victoria Pizza had it and I didn't like it at all. Glad they got rid of it

I can't wait to try these new funnel cakes Sunday. Get hypeeeee
 
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I apologize for my tasteless sugar disease joke, while I should have been commenting on how delicious these funnel cakes look. I mean really, How could candy apple funnel cake be bad? I'm not sure how to take Nicole's comment. Fried bread in 'general' means doughnut. Who doesn't like or approve of doughnuts?
 
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Any food that can be just as tasty with either sugar or chicken & gravy is OK in my book.
 

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Actually, with the exception of Krispy Kremes Hot Now, doughnuts tend to be a bit of a let down for me as well. But I was referring to "fried dough" at carnivals, amusements parks, fairs, etc, not anything you buy in the store.

(I just don't like repeating words too close together, if I can help it. All praise the synonym.)
 
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Reece said:
I tried the meatball sub when Victoria Pizza had it and I didn't like it at all. Glad they got rid of it

I can't wait to try these new funnel cakes Sunday. Get hypeeeee

I had the meatball sub as well. It was nothing to write home about. I usually got one when I did not feel like inhaling another burger or hot dog. Course, the meatballs they used were pretty bland. They could either find another supplier for them or make them from scratch; either on location or in the park's central kitchen. I believe the park stopped serving the lasagne several years before dropping the meatball subs.

Anyway, back to the funnel cakes. Meatball funnel cake anyone? :-X
 
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Anyway, back to the funnel cakes. Meatball funnel cake anyone?  :-X

Sounds a lot like BGW's chicken and funnel cake. :p

There have been a few other changes to the park's menus this year, though I am not sure how much influence Paul had on them. Dinner Bell now has a focus on cheesesteak sandwiches instead of gross chili dogs; a friend of mine at there on Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep in mind this is the replacement restaurant for Johnny's, arguably the worst restaurant in the park.

I've also noticed general improvements in food quality this year. This is all a matter of opinion of course, but take Country Kitchen for example. It's one of my favorites so I eat there quite frequently. In 2012, the grilled chicken was edible, but not much more could be said than that. Last year it was "pretty good," maybe hovering just below KFC in quality. This year, the grilled chicken is great. I still wish they seasoned the outside of it more, but I always get it fresh, well-cooked, and juicy (aka, yummy). They're evolving.

I fully agree with the idea to expand the food offerings at each restaurant beyond the "norm" (burgers, chicken sandwiches, etc.).

Victoria's could sell good meatball sandwiches and (Zimmy will kill me for saying this) spaghetti with meatballs.

Outer Hanks needs fresher items! Right now everything is fried, which isn't very palatable for the health-conscious eater or anyone who's not in the mood for fried food. Grilled fish slabs (frozen beforehand) and peel-n-eat shrimp sound like decent additions.

Something needs to be done with Kilimanjaro Chicken Shack, I just don't know what. I just feel like its repurposing from Congo Grill in 2013 was a smart idea.

I'm still not a fan of chain restaurants at the park, but I guess that's not going to change any time soon.
 
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The funnel cake and chicken at BGW is actually really good. You can't judge it until you have tasted it's gloriness. At least the chicken fingers don't taste like plastic, like it does at KD.
 
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Not to get off topic, but Kilimanjaro Chicken Shack just needs to be torn down and changed into a restroom. It's ok but everything there you can get elsewhere in the park (except for the personal pizzas but that's an easy fix.)

Johnny's has absolutely always been the worst restaraunt in the park. Stuff there was barely edible. I haven't eaten at Dinner Bell but I'm not sure if I want to.

Oh yeah. Funnel cakes.


Matthew said:
The funnel cake and chicken at BGW is actually really good. You can't judge it until you have tasted it's gloriness. At least the chicken fingers don't taste like plastic, like it does at KD.
Also KD chicken tenders are fairly good at KD, probably the same or better than the ones at BGW in my opinion. Plus the honey mustard at KD is awesome
 
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