Review: Canada’s Wonderland Backlot Cafe Bombay Butter Chicken

160625 Canada's Wonderland Backlot Cafe Bombay Butter Chicken

We have always been impressed with the available food offerings at Canada’s Wonderland. Several unique menu items can only be found at this park, and when paired with a large variety of rides, shows, and attractions, make for a perfect day of FUN. During our recent return trip to Canada’s Wonderland, we saw some major transformations in the food scene throughout the park.

When guests visit Carowinds, many will tell you one of their favorite places to eat is at Harmony Hall. Chef Kris Siuta has hand crafted a really impressive lineup of menu items, all made fresh, with the majority of the options available on the dining plans.

So during our visit to Canada’s Wonderland, we were excited to see that Backlot Cafe has sorta become the Harmony Hall of the north, offering a really impressive lineup of menu items thanks to Executive Chef Dilup Attygalla.

Guests have the option to chose from Mexican, American, Italian, Asian, and Indian meal options at Backlot Cafe, offering an impressive list of food unique to the park.

We were most excited to try some of the Indian options, a personal favorite ethnic food of ours. Since we were redeeming the All-Season dining plan, we selected the Bombay butter chicken with rice, papadum, raita, and chutney option.

Papadum is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour, fried or cooked with dry heat.

Our meal was served with an ample portion of butter chicken, papadum, naan, rice, and raita. On a subsequent visit, they were out of papadum and gave us two naan instead.

The first thing you should notice is the large chunks of chicken. The portion size was ample and impressive. The Indian spices and flavors were fantastic and was a really good meal. The naan was perfectly prepared, and the papadum was really good too, given we had never tried it before.

For those that have never tried Indian food, butter chicken is a great entry meal option to try it. We think you will be impressed with the simple but flavorful tastes. Butter chicken is also not very spicy for those looking to minimize the heat.

We loved Chef Attygalla take on butter chicken so much that we had it twice. Our kids are pretty adventuresome eaters in general, and also LOVED the butter chicken. They enjoyed taking the naan and adding the rice, chicken and raita to create their own “tacos.”


We really enjoyed the Canada’s Wonderland butter chicken as it was very flavorful and was a large enough meal you could share if desired.

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2016 Valleyfair 4th of July BBQ Cookout

2016 Valleyfair 4th of July BBQ

On Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, 2016, Valleyfair will host a 4th of July BBQ cookout at Picnic Point. The event runs 12:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday and 1:00 to 8:00 pm Sunday.

BBQ includes your choice of:

Pulled pork sandwiches
Hotdogs and hamburgers
Cajun chicken quarters
Mac & Cheese
Pasta salad
Ice cream treats
Soft Drink

Season passholders with All-Season dining who wish to take part in the BBQ can do so for only $3.00. Season passholders without a dining plan cost $11.99. Adults are $15.99 and kids 3 and up and less than 48 inches tall are only $11.99.

Photo ©Valleyfair

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Top 11 Ways to Know You Are a Cedar Point Addict

Top 11 Ways to Know You Are a Cedar Point Addict

You started out visiting Cedar Point a couple times a year, and found a huge thrill from the Millennium Force, not to mention chowing down on a funnel cake sundae (or two). Eventually, you found yourself purchasing a season pass, and now you are addicted to everything Cedar Point. Here are some tell tale signs to know you have gone over the edge to becoming a Cedar Point Addict.

11) Knowing when (or when not) to visit Cedar Point:

You started out visiting Cedar Point on Saturdays, because it was when you had off work and could enjoy the park all day. Now, as a season passholder, you want nothing to do with the large crowds that ensue and the limited ride time you can get in. Now you rather visit during off-peak days, even scheduling to visit the park a couple hours on weeknights, just to get the most laps in on Top Thrill Dragster.

10) Dining at the Perfect Times at Cedar Point:

Knowing the best days and times to visit the park helps you get the most rides in as possible. Your knowledge also carries over to knowing your best times to grab a bite to eat. Not eating when everyone else eats, means shorter than normal wait times in lines. Ride your favorite coasters during lunch hours 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and grab your lunch around 2:00 PM. You also know enjoying dinner either between 3-4:00 PM or sometime after 7:00 PM means less waiting in line for your burger, and more time on the back of Rougarou.

9) Friend/Family Go-To Resource on Cedar Point:

Your expertise has resulted in all your family and friends coming to you with questions about Cedar Point. You dazzle them with statistics on roller coasters, the history of the park, and where is the nearest Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.

8) New Friendships Made with Other Cedar Point Addicts:

Your addiction to Cedar Point has carried over into more than just knowing everything about the park. Now, you know the names of the ride operators. All of a sudden, you start to recognize all the other addicts in the park (those friends are now called Ride Warriors). Now you find yourself hanging out with your new friends more often, even friending them on social media to keep track of your fellow addicts. Who knows, maybe one day you will even be their Ride Warrior Best Man or Bridesmaids at their wedding (at Cedar Point, of course).

7) You Know Your Ride Count at Cedar Point:

Not only do you know the exact number of times each roller coaster was rode by the general public at Cedar Point, but you also know exactly how many times that lap bar was adjusted across your waist. Or, you might even be known as an iconic name, like Mean Streak Henry or PegKeeper, with unprecedented ride counts.

6) Cedar Point Traditions:

Having made your way around the park once or twice before, you know when the best times are to ride your favorite coasters. However, now you have distinct traditions built into your day that you must follow. Whether it be riding in the right seat of the last car of Maverick, flying WindSeeker right before sunset, or stopping into the Cedar Point Starbucks first thing in the morning to get your favorite brew.

5) Getting More Excited for Your Cedar Point Trip Than Your Kids:

You used to visit Cedar Point as a single rider, enjoying your day with all your other addict friends. Now, you have married your own coaster addict, and have spawned your own little ones to bring to Cedar Point. While the kids excitement for Planet Snoopy may be great, nothing can compare to the excitement you get seeing the Cedar Point skyline as you approach the peninsula. Then, just as the kids get loaded onto the carousel with your spouse, you dash off to sneak in a ride on your favorite roller coaster, like Raptor.

4) No Need for a Cedar Point Map:

You know your way around the park like the back of your hand. So the only reason you pick up a park map is to hang it on your wall at home and keep one for your collection.

3) Cedar Point Souvenirs:

You are a Cedar Point addict when your room has more than just one or two memorabilia items from the park. Now your walls are lined with Cedar Point maps and posters, you have buttons and keychains on display, and you just had to purchase all the variation in colors of the Millenium Force replica models.

Millennium Force Train Replicas

Not to mention, a Cedar Point t-shirt or sweatshirt is more than just something to wear to the beach, but a badge of honor you proudly display (whether it be on your body or the walls of your home).

2) Reciting the Ride Protocols:

With all your knowledge from around the park, none is most prized then being able to recite the ride protocols from each of the roller coasters. Welcome back riders! Reciting them in your mind as you set off to sleep is a nightly ritual of the good rides you had when at Cedar Point.

1) People Watching at its Finest:

Having been to the park your fair share of times, you also enjoy taking the moments to sit and relax, while you chow down on some of those legendary, fresh-cut fries. As a result, you also get the advantage of taking in some people watching. You not only see the guests who have coordinated their matching outfits, but also see the people experiencing Cedar Point for the very first time. They have their map out and are trying to figure out how to get to the Gemini, the most thrilling ride they have been on since the county fair bumper cars. Those new guests are just learning what makes Cedar Point such a great place, and soon, they may well be on the path of a Cedar Point addict.

Are you qualified as a Cedar Point addict?

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