Food at Marriott's Great America

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Food at Marriott's Great America

Post by GreatAmerica4ever » Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:44 am

Does anyone remember having some fond memories of food and treats that you could get in the park?

I remember when Gurnee had a franchise fast-food restaurant of "Roy Rogers" in the Yukon Territory in the early '70's. I would assume that the chain was some how owned or managed by Marriott.

I also remember getting red, white, and blue ice cream in cones at the fire house station in Hometown Square. It seemed so cool to get the combination flavored strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry treat!

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Post by Glorfindel7 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:35 pm

My best food memory was the "foot long" hot dogs (chili dogs) that you could get at the "Yukon Do It" Sandwich Shop. I especially remember one particular hot summer day where the line for the Logger's Run would extend OUT into the area by the bay and just outside the sandwich shop beyond.

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Post by dpxtreme » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:06 pm

I wasn't alive during the Marriot era, but I love the food at Santa Clara's Great America. Even though it's riciculously expensive, I still love it. My friends and I have a tradition that we won't leave until we all get an ice cream cone.

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Post by jonrev » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:08 pm

I never had any of the Marriott food either, but I love the pizza at the Gurnee park.
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Post by dwolo » Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:05 am

I remember those foot long hot dogs came on toasted buns! Yummy! And the roast beef sandwiches from Roy Rogers were great as well. But I absolutely loved the fried ice cream ball you could get at Farmers Market. They would cover it with hot apples and cinnamon! I can't remember which shop it was from.....but I think it was the Chinese food shop.

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Post by tillenterprises » Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:36 pm

It's a shame that so many of the restaurants that had a theme or delicacy suited to the area of the park they were in were turned into generic burgers and fries or pizza joints. The only surviving theme restaurant is the Hometown Boarding House with their delicious fried chicken and apple dumplings (thank God!), unless you count that Yukon territory lodge restaurant with the terrible burgers. I remember that the restaurant closest to the Yankee Clipper used to be a seafood place, and had a nice boardwalk with tables you could sit at and watch the Clipper. Now I think it's a pizza joint.

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Post by Glorfindel7 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:16 pm

tillenterprises wrote: I remember that the restaurant closest to the Yankee Clipper used to be a seafood place, and had a nice boardwalk with tables you could sit at and watch the Clipper. Now I think it's a pizza joint.
I think it used to be called Captain Morgan's, now it's something like Angelo's (if the name hasn't changed once again...)

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Post by jonrev » Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:49 pm

I think what is now the Photo Place near Whirligig was Captain Morgans.
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Post by that_guy » Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:03 pm

lol, I think it is a buffet type restuarant over here... but on the entrance roof is painted PIZZA written in huge letters.
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Post by tillenterprises » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:06 am

You're right, it was Captain Morgans, and it was a sit down seafood place, with cafeteria style serving, like the Hometown Boarding House (now called Aunt Martha's?) I think you're right about it now being a pizza place called Angelo's

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Post by SFGAmfreak4life » Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:42 am

Angelo's also has a all you can pile on your plate pasta. I think its around $8.50 but its the best deal in the park for the amount of food you get.
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Post by Tech Services 1 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:22 pm

Oh, man, where does one start?

Captain Morgan's was probably my favorite, with the clam chowder, scallops and fried shrimp.
Buffet Le Grande was awesome, if you had a few extra bucks to spend.
Chicken dinners at the Boarding House, ribs and corn at the restaurant connected to Snowshoe Saloon (geez, what was the name of that place?).
Cheap eats at Farmer's Market- I packed away a lot of spaghetti, tacos and french fries there.
BIG ice cream sundaes at Hometown Firehouse.
And of course you had to hit the Hotte Shoppe for a nickle root beer.

Oh, I really shouldn't be responding to this before I've had dinner . . . I'm starting to drool . . .
Gotta go eat!!
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Post by Glorfindel7 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:56 pm

tillenterprises wrote:You're right, it was Captain Morgans, and it was a sit down seafood place, with cafeteria style serving, like the Hometown Boarding House (now called Aunt Martha's?) I think you're right about it now being a pizza place called Angelo's
You know I don't know if they were forced to change the name because of the similarity to the Rum of the same name :)

Seriously though I miss the themed restaurants the most... Now, pretty much every place has a standard menu so the only difference is the location you sit down to eat in. Granted this is probably cheaper and easier to manage, but it takes all the fun out of it :(..

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Post by BillK » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:36 am

I remember the Hot Shoppe in Hometown Square where you could get a mug of root beer for a dime!

I remember they always had a long, long line, especially on hot days. :D

(Then the price went up, the mugs got smaller, and eventually they disappeared altogether.)

I recall the fried chicken in Hometown Boarding House as well, but there never seemed to be a whole lot of chicken on those bones. :lol:
It was notable as an easy spot to grab a bite to eat and take shelter if it rained.

I also recall the former "Burgers on the Run" near the American Eagle, and of course the cherry slush and cotton candy a bit further down at Sticky Fingers.

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Post by Tech Services 1 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 5:19 pm

Glorfindel7 wrote:
Seriously though I miss the themed restaurants the most... the only difference is the location you sit down to eat in . . . it takes all the fun out of it :(..

Ain't that the truth . . . :?

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