Chicken Dinner and Blueberry Pie for Breakfast? Yes Please!! That's what I woke up to this morning. It's actually pretty funny. Yesterday McKenzie and friends decided they wanted to go to Knott's Berry Farm for the day. Michael happily offered to drive them, only because he wanted to stop off at Mrs. Knotts's Chicken Dinner Restaurant and pick up a little to-go package of her sublime fried chicken with all the fixins' and a delectable pie to go with it.
Much to our disappointment, my sweet friend Michelle offered to drive them instead. Oh well, we thought, looks like pasta again tonight. Much to my surprise, Michelle sent home a care package with McKenzie, who got home long after we had gone to bed. It's amazing because I went to bed dreaming of that chicken dinner and pie and could you believe, my dream came true!
For those of you who aren't familiar, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant is celebrating it's 75th year in business. 75 glorious years of serving Southern California's best pan fried chicken to locals and tourist alike. That's how the whole Knott's Berry Farm thing started anyway.... Mrs. Knott started cooking take out chicken dinners back in the early thirties. Even back then, they would line up for blocks down the street, just to get their baskets filled with the bevy of home cooked delights that this beautiful woman had to offer.
This tradition of comfort food galore, is something that is somewhat of an anomaly these days. In all these years, the menu has changed very little. Just good honest hospitality and chicken dinners to die for.
Knott's Berry Farm is known around the world as the second place to go in Anaheim for amusement and adventurous rides, but to us it is only about the chicken dinner.
Timeless and nostalgic... I don't think I've seen a place with more Linoleum and Formica in my life, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It seems like the best things in life are the most simple, but the hardest to sustain. Guess what? Mrs. Knott has achieved this for decades and even though she has since passed, the legacy of her fried chicken dinners, sumptuous pies and good old fashion home cooking, lives on for everyone to enjoy.
Yes, everyone... I can bet you that this little chicken dinner connoisseur won't be forgetting her soon.
Thank You Mrs. Knott and thank you Michelle for being sooo thoughtful...
I gotta go... That Blackberry Pie is callin' my name.