Then all the Farrell's disappeared and no modern children ever got to know the fanfare that involved ordering 'The Zoo' ...until now. Yes Farrell's has made a small comeback, ironically the one I went to most recently in it's new introduction was in Hawaii but now there are a few stores here in California.
My kids had gone there prior to me so it was old hat for them, but for me - going back for the first time as an adult, well - it was noisy. Every two seconds some sort of noise was going off and while I enjoyed that as a kid, as an adult I had a hard time...concentrating, holding a conversation, eating, etc. But I had to remember that's the fun of it and the whole reason you choose Farrell's for lunch.
Dessert menu items like 'ice cream nachos' and 'fake chicken dinner' sounded interesting, but not interesting enough to order them. The tried and true 'Belly Busters' were the ones that feed more than 2 people and when they arrive at your table it's very reminiscent of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. I found myself saying "ZIGGY PIGGY" when this "Pig's Trough" arrived.
More importantly, true to the old days, if it's your birthday you get a free sundae, a pretty good deal nowadays!
My one complaint would be that the group of waiters and waitresses who do their song and dance took time to 'shame' an entire table for texting. I get it, texting in public is bad form but what about for us food bloggers who tweet, instagram and basically do free pr for some of these places? I get the shaming I do, but the fact that the waiters made us all BOO this table, to me was kind of off putting.
All in all it was a fun day and my kids loved it. If it wasn't so darn far away I would consider coming more often or doing kids parties here. But not texting. No free social media for you Farrells, for fear I'll be booed while eating my sundae.
215 S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA 92821