Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is the Place to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day!

National Fried Chicken Day is on July 6th and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is the place to be for this annual holiday. This year it is even more perfect to be at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant as the establishment celebrates 90 years of providing chicken dinners to guests!

To celebrate 90 years of their signature chicken dinners, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is providing some fun opportunities for National Fried Chicken Day! They include:

  • Special photo ops at the restaurant celebrating this holiday.
  • A collectible menu
  • Opportunity to win prizes including (while supplies last):
    • Complimentary appetizers
    • brunch passes
    • special discounts
  • Guests who share the same birth year as the restaurant receive a complimentary meal (bring valid ID)!

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant officially opened its doors on June 13, 1934. However, the story dates back to the 1920s. At this time, Walter and Cordelia Knott started to farm their acres of least land in what was then the farm community of Buena Park, California. Times were tough for the country in the 1920s and to make ends meet, Cordelia began to serve hot biscuits along with homemade preserves to customers of the family’s roadside produce stand. Soon, word began to spread and more people began to show up for the delicious offerings. By 1934, Cordelia met the demand for a more menu by adding the now legendary country-fried chicken to the menu.

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant - OC Archives
People wait in line for Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant – OC Archives

On that opening day in June 1934, Cordelia served eight dinners to guests on her own wedding china. Each meal was 65-cents. Within six years, visitors would be waiting in line for hours so that they could enjoy Cordelia’s chicken and Walter’s boysenberries. In order to give the crowds something to do while waiting for their dinner, Walter created an authentic Ghost Town on the property. Thus Souther California’s first “themed” amusement park was born.

The legacy that began 90 years ago in Buena Park continues on today at Knott’s Berry Farm. Mrs. Knott’s signature fried chicken dinner meal continues to be served with its family-style dining experience. The meal includes the deliciously herb-seasoned fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, tossed green salad, cherry rhubarb, kennel corn, freshly-made buttermilk biscuits with butter and boysenberry preserve, and of course a slice of boysenberry pie for dessert!

A meal at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is one that must be experienced by anyone in or simply visiting Southern California. It is an experience that continues the legacy of Southern California entertainment and dining experiences that began by the Knott family over 100 years ago that has grown to include other theme parks and experiences in the region. The food is delicious (dare I say legendary?), the dining areas beautiful, and the experience is one that shouldn’t be missed. This is especially true on July 6th, National Fried Chicken Day!

National Fried Chicken Day isn’t the only celebration happening at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer, however! Knott’s recently reopened its reimagined Camp Snoopy, is celebrating Summer Nights, and also has the return of Ghost Town Alive. All of these can be experienced throughout the summer by guests who visit Knott’s Berry Farm. Knott’s will also be offering a fireworks display and other offerings for the 4th of July.

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant can be found at 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620. More information about the restaurant can be found on the Knott’s website. Reservations can be made there as well. Will you be visiting for National Fried Chicken Day? Have you eaten there before? What is your favorite part about this experience?