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If you haven’t been to John’s Incredible Pizza Company on the lower level in the Buena Park mall… get your family there asap! I have to admit, I was skeptical at first, I’m definitely NOT a fan of chuck e cheese. Anything that is remotely similar to Chuck E Cheese my husband and I usually cringe at the thought of spending any lengthy period of time at. But we decided one evening to give it a try.
The first thing you’ll notice is how large the place is. Holw cow, its the entire lower floor of the mall! When you arrive you have to order and go through the queue before getting into the place. The cost isn’t bad at $8.99 adults, $4.49 Kids 3-6 and $5.99 Kids 7-12. Children under age 2 eat free. You can also purchase your Funcard credits at this time, which seemed to be a bit cheaper when you purchase them with the meal, but it might have been a special the night we were there, so don’t quote me on that one!
This place actually has really great food! I had a wonderful salad and a pesto and goat cheese slice of pizza. I really appreciated the low-fat and fat-free varieties of salad dressings as well. Here’s a break down of what they offer.
Salad – You can start by making your own salad by choosing from over 40 fresh vegetables, toppings, and dressings. Try our Low-Fat Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing or even build your own Caesar Salad!
Soups – Two different soups every day, including Pasta Fagioli, Beef Stew, Chicken & Dumplings and more.
Pasta – Choose from Regular Marinara, Meat or Alfredo Sauces and specialty pastas such as Italian Casserole and many others.
Pizza – So many to choose from! We’re famous for our Spicy Peanut Butter Pizza and Alfredo Pizza. There’s also Macaroni & Cheese, BBQ Chicken Ranch, Fiesta, Cheeseburger and Garlic Pesto pizzas as well as the traditional combinations like Veggie, Meat Lovers and Hawaiian.
Desserts – Finally, our desserts include freshly made Cookies, Soft-Serve Ice Cream in a Cup or Cone, Apple Crisp and Cinnamon Rolls.
Unlike Chuck E Cheese (sorry for the constant comparisons, but lets face it, isn’t that our only other option these days?) where you are thrown in the center of the arcade with all the screaming brats (oops, did I just say that?) running around you while you’re trying to suck down a beer and eat a piece of cardboard pizza, the dining area is in a totally different area. There are several “themed” dining rooms. There’s a sports room, a rustic lodge, cartoon theme and even a nightclub themed room. Each room has different entertainment on the big screens, the sports room has whatever big game is on, the cartoon room has cartoons on, etc. Definitely a MUCH better dining experience.
After reading their website, apparently each location is different in what attractions they offer, but each location has an arcade. The arcade works on a Funcard, not tokens, similar to Dave and Busters. The kids collect tickets from the arcade games and can cash them in for prizes just like at C.E.C. One big difference I loved was that after counting all the tickets Big E had earned he wasn’t satisfied with the prizes he could get. So the attendant zapped his Funcard with the amount of tickets he has. So the next time we visit, as long as he has his same Funcard, he can just add to that amount and save for something worthwhile. Genius. The Buena Park location has a huge arcade, many games suitable for very young children. They also have a small toddler friendly play area. As far as attractions go, they have bumper cars and 2 rides in the center area. There truly is something for everyone, even my husband and I were having a blast!
The bottom line is that this place truly in Incredibly by its names definition. They finally thought of the parents that are bringing the younger ones as much as they thought of the kids. And don’t leave the older ones behind because there is just as much to do for teens as there is for the little ones.
So next time your thinking of someplace to go in North OC, make sure Johns Incredible Pizza Co. is at the top of your list!
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