The best food at King’s Dominion
king’s dominion in Doswell, Va., has been delighting visitors with roller coasters, water attractions and incredible cuisine for nearly half a century. This year they are celebrating the newest addition to the park: Jungle X-Pedition. The new area is home to Virginia’s first-ever 4D spinning roller coaster, tumbili. To celebrate the launch of Tumbili, King’s Dominion opened a new signature restaurant and launched a new beer.
With over 35 restaurants throughout the park, deciding which treats to try is nearly impossible. Fortunately, the host of Iconic Eats Adriana Redding scoured his way through King’s Dominion to find the best of the best.
Day tickets to the park start at $49.99and you can purchase your meals individually or add the All Day Dining Pass for $29.99 to get food throughout your journey. Here are the six must-try foods and drinks at King’s Dominion.
Best Cocktail: Explorer Elixir, $13.99
As if you needed another reason to head to the park’s new Jungle X-Pedition wing, their drink selection is next level. Our favorite of the bunch is the Explorer Elixir, an out-of-this-world prickly pear margarita. The cocktail strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour. Add the salty rim and lime wedge as garnish and you have the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Best appetizer: Loaded pork taters, $15.99
For the ultimate starter meant for sharing, head over to Excavator’s Taters for their Loaded Pork Taters. You get a boat of fries with a mountain of toppings: pulled pork, cheese, jalapeños, bacon, and scallions. Finish that off with a drizzle of ranch jalapeño and you have a hearty, smoky appetizer you can share with the whole family.
Best Meal: Beef brisket platter, $18.99
An aroma of smoked meat wafts through Country Kitchen in Old Virginia’s King’s Dominion. You can customize a plate with your choice of protein and all the classic BBQ accompaniments. Their breast is rich, tender and melts in your mouth. And since they slice to order, you can rest assured you’re eating some of the freshest food in the park.
Best Dessert: French Fries Pie, $6.99
The Juke Box Diner’s fried apple pie is one of the best desserts in the park. The crispy, golden crust is generously dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with a warm apple filling. We like the classic flavors and the variety of textures. It’s the perfect dessert to take with you on your walks in the park.
Best Budget Item: Pork Rinds, $3.99
You can get a giant bag of homemade pork rinds at The Parched Pig in Old Virginia for less than $4. These are so crispy and coated in lots of seasoning without being too salty. If you wish, you can wash them down with one of the many craft beers on tap.
Best for sharing: Buffalo Chicken Pizza, $15.99
One of the best offerings in the park is perfect for sharing; for just $15.99, you can get not one, but two slices of Buffalo Chicken Pizza and a Breadstick from Victoria’s Pizza. Each slice is loaded with chicken, cheese and ranch dressing. And since there are two, you can easily share this with another person. Another plus: you can absorb any extra sauce and toppings with the breadstick.
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