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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.

Chinese Options in Anaheim

July 15th, 2017

 

With Los Angeles’ famed Chinatown so close, it’s no surprise that Anaheim is rich with some of the best authentic and fusion-inspired Chinese restaurants in the area. Try Mas’ Chinese Islamic Restaurant for a unique combination of cuisines. Try the “warm pots” with a variety of fillings, or the home-style noodle chow mein with lamb dough, shrimp dough or beef dough.

China Kitchen is a simple eatery serving up genuine dishes in a homey environment. Chow Fun is an innovative twist on chow mein, and it has an ample fried rice menu that comes with your choice of chicken, beef or shrimp. If you need to feed a team, try the party tray. The Weight Watchers menu offers healthy alternatives to classics, so there’s truly something for every palate.

Feeling Lucky?

Big Chopsticks is a favorite amongst locals, with the most popular menu items including orange chicken made with only white meat in a slightly spicy breading with house orange sauce. Chicken chow mein with soft noodles, cabbage and green onion is also incredible. Add on the cream cheese wontons, egg flower soup and vegetarian egg rolls for a hearty meal.

Sino Fusion is the perfect stop to pair fried dumplings with an impressive beer and wine menu. Try the BBQ pork spare ribs, crispy string beans and fried coconut jumbo shrimp for starters. Offering lunch specials, family dinners, and a variety of spice levels, it’s a hidden gem you have to taste to believe.

 

 

Mexican Eats in Anaheim

June 30th, 2017

 

Foodies come from all over the world just to sample the delicacies of authentic and fusion Mexican cuisine in Anaheim and nearby areas. Start your own gastro journey at La Casa Garcia, a low-key, family-owned establishment hidden in a strip mall that offers mouthwatering homemade delights. Founded in 1973 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll want to try the shrimp, cheese and avocado omelet or meatball and vegetable sizzling dish.

La Villa Mexican Food is another Anaheim favorite and local chain. Try the Quesadilla del Mar, which comes with locally sourced shrimp, or the incredible selection of burritos that can be topped with sauce and cheese with pico de gallo on the side. Don’t miss the special Taco Tuesday with 99-cent favorites.

A Cantina for All

Cabos Tacos y Mariscos is known for their chilled pitchers of beer and Mexican staples in a no-frills environment. Located in a strip mall, it’s a destination only locals frequent, but it’s well worth checking out. Go for the platter combinations including tamales, enchiladas and chile rellenos.

Los Cotijas Mexican Grill is a simple counter-service destination that packs a flavorful punch. The carne asada nachos are an excellent dish to share, or you can opt for some American fusion with the carne asada fries. The shrimp cocktail is massive, and homemade desserts demand you save room.

 

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.