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Your Thanksgiving Restaurant Guide

November 20th, 2017

 

Anaheim takes food seriously year-round, but restaurants really step up their game for Thanksgiving. Reserve a table at the GardenWalk McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood, open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and enjoy the regular menu or a three-course turkey dinner. The affordable $25.95 price tag ($9.95 for children) includes all your favorite sides and a dessert selection fit for royalty. Large parties are welcome.

Head to Downtown Disney District and check out Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for a southern, spicy Cajun touch on traditional fare. You’ll feel like you’ve been swept away to New Orleans and can enjoy the regular menu or the Thanksgiving picks. All menu items are a la carte, and there’s Cajun turkey, Turducken, pecan-crusted mahi mahi and a special kids menu.

Hunger Strikes!

Also in the Disney District is the Catal Restaurant famous for their holiday buffet. From the turkey, salmon and ham to the veggie paella, you’ll have no shortage of decadent options. Sides like stuffing and mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, chocolate bread pudding and a pie selection ensure that all guests are satisfied. Open from noon – 9 p.m., it’s a tradition for many locals.

Prefer to skip the turkey? Try Morton’s The Steakhouse, open 1 – 9 p.m. and enjoy a steak and seafood-themed holiday. The regular menu is peppered with some seasonal and holiday surprises, and make sure you save room for dessert.

Where will you spend turkey day?

 

Run Anaheim

November 3rd, 2017

 

Get a head start on New Year’s resolution and wobble before you gobble with a variety of Anaheim-area fun runs throughout the month of November. The Peace Love Run on November 5th is located in the heart of Los Angeles and offers a half marathon, 10k and 5k. The festive course is Mardi Gras themed and costumes or masks are encouraged. Cajun-themed goodies await at the finish line.

REVEL Canyon City in Azusa on November 4th is a full marathon, or you can opt for the half marathon option. It’s famous for taking runners downhill almost the entire way, making it one of the fastest races in the country—and a Boston qualifier. If you’re looking for a new kind of challenge, remember that it’s all downhill from here!

Races and Runs

For ultra runners, nothing beats the Chino Hills Trail Run Series event on November 11th with a 50k or 30k trail run. Located in Brea, it’s known for being a gentle introduction to trail races (or as gentle as such a long run can be). All runners start with a 10k, and many stick to that route to get a taste of the trails.

Check out the Muckfest MS Los Angeles on November 11th, a muddy 5k race that’s built for fun and laughs. Sign up as a team or solo and get ready for spills, thrills and a whole lot of mud. A free soda or beer awaits at the finish line, and spectators are welcome at no charge. Kids love the free Lil’ Muckers area.

 

Anaheim’s Day of the Dead

November 1st, 2017

 

Take a day trip to Old Town San Diego for one of the biggest Day of the Dead events in Southern California. It’s a celebration of history, heritage and culture. The rich diversity of the area makes it the perfect destination within the Mercado, where you’ll find food, goods, entertainment and plenty of activities for all ages (such as creating your own sugar skulls).

Prefer to stick closer to Anaheim? The downtown Anaheim Community Center offers an all-day event along the Center Street Promenade. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit, and you don’t want to miss out on the mariachi bands, cultural dances, altars and plenty of authentic fare.

Both events take place October 29th.

November Events

On November 2nd, the Anaheim Cemetery hosts a Ballet Folklorico Donaji featuring the RHYTHMO Mariachi Kids. The free event includes masks for children and a selection of Pan de Muertos and marigolds for offerings. Refreshments and desserts are also included. The family-friendly event is a chance to honor those who have passed in a culturally sensitive environment.

On November 6th, visit the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace from noon – 4 p.m. for a special opportunity to put your loved one’s photo inside a traditional Day of the Dead altar. Folk dancers, mariachi bands and activities for children take place, while giving visitors the opportunity to explore one of the city’s most revered destinations.

 

An Anaheim Halloween

October 20th, 2017

 

With non-stop thrills throughout Anaheim, there are Halloween options for visitors of all ages. Join the Halloween L.A. Pub Crawl and let someone else worry about driving from one spooky destination to the next. Every Friday and Saturday night in October you can snag the VIP pass to gain access to the best spooktacular events at bars and clubs with no lines, no covers and drink specials.

The nearby Zombie Crawl in Santa Monica kicks off at Rusty’s Surf Ranch where you and scores of other zombies crawl, claw and stagger your way to the best Halloween-themed bars in the area. You won’t want to miss the Anaheim Halloween Parade, the biggest celebration in the state that’s been frightening folks since 1924. It’s a day of ghoulish fun for the whole family.

Tricks and Treats

Of course, Disneyland is always a hub for spooky frights during the haunting season with the entire park decked out. Enjoy seasonal treats (with just a few tricks) at the numerous vendors and restaurants along Main Street. If you’re anti-candy corn, you’ve never seen it elevated like this! For many, it’s not Halloween without a Disney getaway.

Check out the Motel 6 Feet Under Thursdays – Sundays in November, dubbed the scariest haunt in Anaheim. Animatronics, live actors, and a little magic help make this fundraiser a hair-raising one. You’ll find it at the Business Expo Center throughout October.

Exodus Escape Room

October 18th, 2017

 

Can you beat the clock to turn the lock? The Exodus Escape Room is Anaheim’s premier escape experience, the perfect group outing or date to spook up some fun this haunting season. At the Anaheim location, choose from three rooms including Sherlock’s Study (2-8 players). You’ll have to tap your detective skills and become Sherlock Holmes to uncover clues and take down a nemesis who’s got the entirety of London in his or her grasp.

Masquerade Manor whisks you away to a gala where there are gorgeous masks galore, but something sinister is just below the surface. You’ll need to use teamwork, critical thinking skills and a healthy dose of competition to make it out in time. With 4-8 players being ideal, it’s the ultimate group outing pre-Halloween.

The Great Escape

Exodus is a more intimate experience designed for 2-4 players. The pharaoh has it in for you, but you have just time enough to escape his clutches. Can you work together to figure out a way out of his clutches?

In nearby Rancho Cucamonga, another escape experience awaits with brand new rooms and challenges. From the Quake Escape to a bank heist, there are non-stop thrills and fun awaiting you throughout southern California. Do you have the skills to get out in time?

 

Anaheim Convention Center

October 14th, 2017

 

Watch out—it’s still growing! The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is undergoing a massive regrowth in 2017 to add an extra 200,000 square feet of flexi-space to the already hugely impressive venue. It’s earmarked for banquets, exhibits and meetings with brand new docks and a better entrance for vehicles. The ACC is committed to the best in service while offering a one of a kind venue for special events. Will you be checking out the ACC while in Anaheim?

As one of the most popular venues in southern California, capable of being customized for cozy and intimate events as well as the biggest performances and competitions imaginable, a host of floor plans are available. Your on-site event planning team will work with you from start to finish, including catering, A/V and much more.

A Venue Like No Other

It all began in 1967 with a domed arena, and it’s grown to include six expansions for a total of 1.15 million square feet of exhibit space. Easily the biggest venue on the west coast, there are ballrooms and meeting spaces totaling 130,000 square feet on the second and third levels. The main lobby consists of 190-foot ceilings and spires with glass walls to let in that California sunshine.

Pre-function space includes 200,000 square feet, ideal for show decorations and pre-event meetings. There are more meeting rooms than ever with the latest expansion including a dedicated registration space that leads to a balcony overlooking the atrium. Flexible space means this is the ultimate venue for any sized experience—ready to start planning the event of the year?

 

Korean BBQ Picks

October 11th, 2017

 

Southern California is a true gastro-destination with flavors and cuisines from around the world featured. If nothing but Korean BBQ will do on a crisp autumn night, Anaheim has you covered with authentic restaurants around town. Start at Cham Soot Gol for an all you can eat experience, grilling your favorite proteins and kimchi on tabletop grills and enjoying non-stop sides from spicy radishes to red bean paste.

Han Yang is known for their authentic, home cooked dishes. Short-rib soup is their specialty, and it pairs perfectly with a rich seafood pancake or the house kimchi. Fermented sides along with hearty soups and generous chicken, pork and beef options make this a favorite for group outings.

Anaheim’s Got Seoul

Head to Mo Ran Gak Restaurant for an informal BBQ eatery with tabletop grilling suitable for large groups. Pair your bulgogi or bibimbap with South Korea’s staple adult beverage—soju. To drink like a Korean local, combine soju with a domestic beer for a stronger kick.

You’ll also want to check out Korea House BBQ Buffet for a generous spread of classic dishes. Here, you can indulge in all the spicy pork (japchae), house-marinated chicken, seafood and sides you can handle. For dessert? Slices of the freshest local melons.

 

Anaheim Packing District

September 22nd, 2017

 

The historic Packard Building gave the popular Anaheim Packing District its namesake. Part farmers market, cultural hub and hands-on museum, the Packard Building boasts the title as one of just a few historic commercial buildings left in Orange County. It has survived urban development, and what was once a citrus packing house has turned into a landmark of downtown.

Originally built in 1925 as a mission revival building, it’s flooded with light and features an open space. Similar to car showrooms, it’s lived a hearty life as a plethora of auto showcases. However, now restored to its original Art Deco glory, it’s home to the famed Umami Burger (a local chain of escalated pub grub) and the Anaheim Brewery.

Farm On

Adjacent to the Packard Building is Farmers Park, a lush two-acre area with a boardwalk, olive grove, grassy knolls and community gardens. It connects the Packard Building with the Anaheim Packing House, and is a popular spot for special events. The Packing House opens every day at 9 a.m. for breakfast and many stalls stay open until the wee hours.

Check each restaurant for their hours of operation, but expect bars to stay open until midnight. Vendors include Pandor boulangerie and café, the SEED People’s Market, Urbana and many more. The Packing District is a must-see during any Anaheim visit, perfect for families, individual adventures and dates.

 

Top Italian Restaurants

September 19th, 2017

 

Southern California is full of premium Italian restaurants, like Baci in downtown Anaheim where the dishes are elevated in an upscale environment. Perfect for a date or business outing, the classic dishes are paired with an extensive coffee, wine and dessert menu. Sit on the outdoor patio to enjoy the tail-end of summer or in the elegant dining room for an intimate lunch or dinner out.

Rufino’s Italian Restaurant is another favorite, featuring a charming décor and known for the tender veal and al dente pasta since 1967. Another pick with an extensive wine and dessert menu, you’ll want to save room for the house tiramisu with a cup of espresso. Here, traditional fare is the star with gorgeous plating and impeccable service.

Pasta in Paradise

At Roman Cucina, enjoy lavish cocktails with your pasta and premium subs. A must for happy hour, start with the pepperoni garlic bread or fried calamari. The martini list includes the Italian Ice with Smirnoff citrus vodka, triple sec and sweet and sour. The Banana Split is dessert in a glass, featuring Smirnoff vanilla vodka, Godiva white and dark chocolate, and crème de banana.

Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante has Sicilian puppets as part of the décor, an enormous wine cellar and an impressive lunch buffet. This playful destination is where you’ll want to order a pizza to share with premium toppings like gorgonzola, artichokes and Kalamata olives.

OC Fest of Ales

September 14th, 2017

OC Fest of Ales

The Fest of Ales returns to Anaheim September 16 with more than 35 craft breweries, live music, food pairings, games and more. Check out the home brew competition and enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings with entry alongside unlimited gourmet cuisine pairings. Only one brewery can claim the Mayor’s Trophy—and you can help decide the winner. Part of all proceeds benefits local non-profits including The Muzeo Museum in Anaheim.

This annual event happens at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street from noon – 4 p.m. Located right in the heart of Anaheim, it’s the perfect place to welcome autumn with a crisp apple cider, pumpkin-infused IPA or a vanilla stout. Plus, guests are treated to some of the best pub fare in town featuring a variety of chefs, food trucks and restaurants.

Featured Hits

Breweries include Anaheim Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Legends Craft Brewery, Heroes Brewery and scores more. Restaurants like Root Hummus, Out of the Park Pizza, ADYA, Slater’s 50/50 and a host of others are whipping up special pairing menus perfectly complementing the wide range of pints.

Enjoy the music of Apollo Bebop all afternoon as you dine, sip, taste and take in the thriving brew scene of Anaheim. What better way to welcome autumn?