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A Taste of New Orleans in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Craving mint juleps, beignets and jazz? You’ll feel instantly whisked to New Orleans when you enter the Mint Julep Bar. This charming, old-fashioned destination is known for strong espressos, authentic beignets, and a variety of non-alcoholic, southern cocktails for those who wish to imbibe without completely indulging. It’s a favorite spot for day dates and business meetings.

At Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland, you’ll experience an entirely new kind of magical, small world! Here, it’s all Creole fare and live jazz while still staying family friendly. Satisfy your cravings for jambalaya, gumbo and of course bananas foster while being treated to the best jazz in Anaheim.

There’s also the Jazz Kitchen Express where you can get your piping-hot, smothered-in-powdered-sugar beignets on the go. They’re messy, as they should be, and the perfect fun snack for little ones energizing up for the next Disney adventures.

Old School Entertainment

Café Orleans is another Disney favorite, and it’s considered a veteran of the famed park. In casual surroundings with a sprawling patio, you and your family can enjoy Cajun and Creole favorites in between wild rides and the best entertainment in California.

Where will your jazz leanings lead you?

Craving Indian in Anaheim?

May 22nd, 2017

 

When only a good tandoori or dal will do, Anaheim and the surrounding area takes good care of visitors with a plethora of Indian restaurants at the ready. Check out ADYA for traditional Indian street food paired with craft beer. Take a cooking class at the Anaheim location, or simply pick up your favorite chaats like bhel puri, chickpea chaat, pani puri or sev puri. Their vada pavs and kathi rolls are divinely addictive.

Masala Hut gives you everything necessary for Indian cravings in a little hut attached to a marketplace. You’ll find chana masala, goat and lamb curries, paneer pakoras, and tikka masalas all made from scratch at this family-owned restaurant and grocer.

More Masala!

Tandoor Cuisine of India is a northern Indian destination that’s a little more upscale. The menu includes Punjabi staples like garlic and onion naans, creamy butter chicken, and of course a generous variety of sides along with strong pickled vegetables and rich lassis.

Curry Hut has a strong local following. Try the aloo gobi with potatoes and cauliflower or the spinach with cheese combo if you’re craving a vegetarian dish. Goat curry and chicken tandoori are always popular, and the à la carte along with the deep-fried specials change on a daily basis. Where will your taste buds lead you?

NoHo Food Truck Collective

April 22nd, 2017

Head to North Hollywood April 6 and every Thursday from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. for the NoHo Food Truck Collective! Along with some of the best food trucks in town, attendees enjoy live music, games and more. Every week there are different food trucks as well as giant Jenga tournaments. If you really want to get a taste of the Anaheim area, earmark Thursday nights where there’s always something new driving into the collective.

Located at 14155 W. Magnolia Boulevard, it’s a short drive from Anaheim and takes all the guesswork out of food-truck hopping. Only the best are welcomed into the collective, and you’ll find an eclectic mix of cuisines from Mexican to Greek, Ethiopian to Indian and everything in between.

A Foodie Paradise

It’s impossible to sample all the top-rated fare the city has to offer, even for residents. Tourists have to make the most of their time in Anaheim, and it’s easy when the Collective keeps an eye out for the latest trucks for you. Staple award winners and promising newbies alike are found here.

Follow the #NoHoFoodTruckCollective on social media for updates on who’s going to be there, new musicians and performers, and what games to expect. It’s the easiest way to indulge in food truck sampling without driving all over town.

 

Anaheim’s Juiciest Burger Joints

April 14th, 2017

 

Gastro tourists are in for a real treat, and it’s as seemingly simple as standard Americana fare. Take a burger tour of the area, starting at The Fix Burger—known for their signature patties. You can customize not just the toppings, but the patty itself! Opt for buffalo, chicken, turkey, grass-fed beef or vegetarian before adding toppings like avocado and fried eggs.

Astro Burger dishes out classic burgers along with mouthwatering veggie burgers and Greek cuisine. Try the Ortega Burger for a little added spice, go Greek with rice-stuffed bell peppers (a surprisingly sultry side), and go crazy with the plethora of fry options.

Big Bites

Fresh & Meaty Burgers are known for their turkey patties, although they also serve traditional beef. Cooked to order, this veteran staple features all meats, which are purchased fresh daily. For dessert, how about self-served ice cream, a pie slice or cake? Chili cheese Fritos are the preferred side dish here.

A&T Burger is a retro, kitschy dive that does fast food right from breakfast to dinner. Get your burger with a side of onion rings or fries, and if you’re craving something with a little more kick, there’s an impressive Mexican menu here. No matter where you satisfy your burger cravings, you’ll be in for a treat in Anaheim.

 

Get Your Guatemalan Cuisine

February 28th, 2017

 

Southern California is famous for Mexican fusion and healthy eating, but don’t overlook some of the more eclectic fare options—like Guatemalan cuisine. Start your gastro journey at the aptly named Guatemala Restaurant where you’ll find delicious chiles rellenos, garnachas and authentic flavors that will make you feel like you’re on an entirely different vacation.

Next up is FiRE + iCE, an all-you-can-eat buffet specializing in Guatemalan food but also offering picks from a variety of countries. Here, you can satisfy your Mongolian, Latin, Asian and Italian cravings in one fell swoop. Come hungry, and remember that the chefs whip up new favorites all the time.

Going Loco (and Local)

Antojitos Nueva Guatemala is a local pastelería where you can find all the mouthwatering pastries you want and more. Baked goods, Guatemalan comfort food, and the best conchas you’ve ever tasted are just a few miles away from your guest room.

You’ll also find a number of Guatemalan specialties and spice blends at the many Mexican restaurants around the area. When in Anaheim, follow your Latin flare and dine in some of the most flavorful of establishments.

Japanese Fare Near Anaheim

February 20th, 2017

 

Japanese cuisine is a favorite in southern California, and, thanks to the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, restaurants are never short on the freshest fish. Try the Hibachi Steakhouse for casual dining and surf ‘n’ turf specials. Each hibachi table ensures a unique and fun experience for all, and you can customize sides and entrees, and choose from a variety of dessert options. If you want true tableside entertainment, it’s a family-friendly pick.

The Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet is an informal buffet beloved for the one-of-a-kind dishes, authenticity, and, of course, the all-you-can-eat goodness. Take your colleagues for a bonding experience, or slip into this local favorite yourself to fuel up for your next vacation outing.

Fresh and Genuine

Boasting a rich Japanese community, the Anaheim area is full of choices when you’re craving Japanese fare. The WaBa Grill is a Japanese fusion restaurant where you can get the best of both worlds: That genuine Japanese flavor you crave with innovative California twists. Get a teriyaki bowl with chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies.

Ohshima Japanese Cuisine is a hidden gem, small and quaint but known for having some of the freshest seafood in town. Creative Japanese dishes, imported beer, wine and sake, and the omakase make this an addictive little treasure.

 

Spanish Restaurants Near Anaheim

January 7th, 2017

 

When you’re in the mood for tapas, sangria, fresh seafood, Barcelona-style, or another favorite Spanish dish, nothing else will do. Head to the Felix Continental Café, a homey getaway specializing in Spanish and Cuban fare. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try the Shrimp Louisianese, featuring shrimp beer battered and coated with coconut, served with a horseradish, orange and mustard sauce.

The roasted Chicken Cubano is a half chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon and garlic. Pierna de Puerco is a pork leg roasted in drippings with seasoning and a bitter orange for extra bite. With the Boliche Mechado, you’ll enjoy eye of round beef stuffed with chorizo imported from Spain and slow-cooked.

Flavor Fiestas

Try Olé! Spain Deli Shop where you can eat-in at the sandwich shop and grab some treats to go from the store. On the traditional menu, you’ll find Tortillas de Patatas with chorizo, potato and onion in an omelet, served with house bread.

Paella is now served daily at Ole! Saffron rice with mussels, shrimp, pork loin, chicken wings, chorizo and a red bell pepper is sure to satisfy. Get Carlota or Flan for dessert, or take it to go in case you over-indulge on the tapas options.

 

 

Best Mex in Anaheim

September 4th, 2016

 

You can’t travel to southern California without trying some of the best Mexican cuisine in the country. Whether you’re craving authentic fare or upscale fusion, Anaheim has it all. Mi Casa Mexicana is known for their generous portions along with authentic street-style tacos. Tortas and quesadillas are very popular here, and the family meal deals offer a fantastic array of combinations with fajitas, enchiladas, taquitos, tacos and more.

La Casa Garcia is a family-owned restaurant where you’ll find classics. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you, because this is one establishment renowned by locals for the full flavors. Available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can start off your morning with Machaca and eggs, a shrimp and avocado omelet, or get the Nopalitos with chorizo and eggs.

Service Up!

Urbana Mexican Gastronomy and Bar is a unique experience bringing together local and Mexican flavors. Known for “innovative Mexican food” and craft cocktails along with locally handcrafted beers, you’ll always find something new on the menu from their experimental chefs. It’s the perfect date spot or family outing.

Head to Casa Gamino for traditional fare and an epic weekend lunch buffet! An all-you-can-eat taco bar, flautas, pancakes, enchiladas, rice and beans, omelets made to order, pancakes, potatoes with chorizo, chili rellenos, Mexican hot chocolate, soups, salads, fruits and desserts is the must-have indulgence of an Anaheim weekend.

Greek Fare in Anaheim

August 7th, 2016

 

The Greek scene in Anaheim is going strong, and no trip to the golden coast is complete without visiting Willy’s Eatery. The Willy’s eggs benedict, with their famous “those potatoes,” gives you a Greek spin on a classic, while the Greek omelet with feta, tomato and basil is the perfect way to start the morning. Head in for lunch, where the Greek chicken wrap, gyro sandwich with Greek salad, or their house Mediterranean hummus with sprouts are whipped up fresh.

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Kentro Greek Kitchen has starters like zucchini chips with tzatziki sauce, calamari served with garlic and feta, and house spanakopita in a house-made phyllo pie. Try the brizola, and 8 oz. ribeye with briami and house sauce, or a side of kentro fries with kefalotiri butter. For dessert, nothing beats their baklava.

Greek Options

Daphne’s California Greek offers fresh-carved gyros, kebabs, spanakopita and falafel on their mix-and-match menu. Try the Greek salad and rice or garlic-herb salmon with fire-roasted vegetables. Desserts include a classic Greek yogurt parfait with chopped baklava and a house pomegranate drizzle.

Sahara Falafel is where you’ll find a generous falafel plate with homemade pita bread, the mixed kebab platter with lamb and chicken, and the combo shawarma sandwich with beef, chicken and special garlic sauce. Try them all, and choose your favorite!

Steak Your Claim in Anaheim!

July 3rd, 2016

Celebrate summer the old fashioned way, with a delectable steak dinner just for dad! There are a number of top steakhouses in the Anaheim area, but consider Morton’s The Steakhouse, a high-end chain that everyone adores, providing a variety of cuts and sides for every craving. There’s also Bari Bari, a local Japanese steakhouse with grilled-to-order meats, and their preparation is a real showstopper.

steak on fork

Head to Stubrik’s Steakhouse and Bar, an American-style chophouse with some thick Italian influences. It’s a high-end restaurant with innovative dishes and constantly changing specials to keep you on your toes. Call ahead to let the host know about the special occasion, and surprise someone with a special treat!

Delicious Options

Doug’s Downtown Grill is low-key and casual, with cozy booths in a sports bar environment. However, their cuts and how they’re prepared are anything but ordinary. You’ll find delectable, homemade tastes in this intimate environment where dad will feel right at home.

You may also want to check out Fire & Ice Grill & Bar, an all-you-can-eat Mongolian-style buffet hot spot that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Latin, Asian, American, and Italian flavors are also featured here!