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Anaheim Italian Eats

October 3rd, 2017

 

Southern California and Disneyland are already known as a foodie destination, but when you’re craving Italian there’s a lot more to Anaheim than pizza. (Of course, the city does pizza right, too!). Check out the many Italian eateries like Buca di Beppo, a local chain with a kitschy vibe complete with red and white checked tablecloths. It’s a fantastic casual space for homemade Italian favorites.

Rufino’s Italian Restaurant is known for their veal, pasta al dente, and cozy ambiance. Share some starters featuring locally sourced seafood, and make sure to save room for their decadent desserts like tiramisu and spumoni. It’s a great pick for business meetings, a romantic date, or a family outing.

Perfect Pasta

Cortina’s Italian Market has been a favorite since 1963, and it remains a popular counter-service staple in Anaheim. For pastas, pizza and sandwiches in a very low-key environment, Cortina’s is part restaurant and part grocery store. Why not pick up some Italian favorites to take back to your guest room after digging into the beloved pasta dishes or thick slices?

Marri’s Pizza and Pasta makes diners feel like they’ve been seated in Italy thanks to the terra cotta walls and traditional menu with a few innovative twists. From the brick oven pizza to the antipasti platters, there’s something for everyone at this staple Anaheim bistro.

 

Ethiopian Picks in Anaheim

September 2nd, 2017

 

Southern California has long been known as a foodie paradise, but visitors don’t need to drive into Los Angeles to experience the eclectic diversity of cuisine. There are two drool-worthy Ethiopian restaurants right in Anaheim, each offering up a unique take on authentic Ethiopian treats, entrees and of course that addictive injera bread.

Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market features a casual eatery tucked into an Ethiopian market, which allows visitors to easily pick up their favorite ingredients and ready-made options. Favorite dishes include the “Gored Gored” with finger strips of lean-cut beef simmered in seasoned butter, chilies and onion. Try the Tana Special Kitfo with chopped prime beef and “mitmita,” a powder-based spicy chili. There’s also the famous Doro Wot with chicken chunks sautéed in butter with lemon juice, onion, fresh-grated ginger and served with hard-boiled eggs on the side.

Fresh Eats

Abysinnia Restaurant is another fantastic pick known for their Quanta Firfir, made with injera bread soaked in a special stew of Quanta with dried, seasoned meat. Next, it’s sautéed in “kibbe,” or spicy butter, and served with fresh ginger, garlic and onion.

Don’t miss the Gommen with Meat, a special collard green with ginger, garlic and a variety of meats. The Byainetu is popular with vegetarians and carnivores alike. Choose to add beef if you like, or stick with the veg options with injera soaked in sauces and seasoned butter, garlic, ginger and onion. Try them both and discover your favorite!

 

September 1st, 2017

Anaheim Packing District

Shop, taste and stroll at The Packing House, open daily for breakfast starting at 9 a.m. (note that individual stalls and restaurants have various hours). Bars on-site are open until midnight, making this the perfect destination for early birds and night owls looking for a unique dining experience in Anaheim. The communal hub, located in downtown Anaheim, features renovated historical buildings alongside brand new, contemporary spaces.

You’ll find the Packing District at Anaheim Boulevard and Santa Ana Street, featuring the Packard Building and former Car Showroom. Here, the Farmers Park and renovated citrus Packing House is nestled against Cooks Chapel, a popular spot for private events. In The Backyard, visitors are treated to a sprawling outdoor event space with an orange grove and outdoor fireplace.

Fine Dining

With over 20 artisan restaurants and stalls, along with live music every weekend on the Mezzanine, this family-friendly destination completes any Anaheim visit. Merchants include Adya for spicy fresh Indian cuisine, BXCR the underground wine society, Georgia’s Restaurant highlighting the best of soul food, i am for smoothies and shaved snow, and so much more.

On Farmers Park, explore two acres including a boardwalk, olive grove and community gardens. The Packard Building is one of just a handful of historic commercial buildings still standing in Anaheim post-urban sprawl. Built in 1925, it’s a must-see and a fantastic piece of the OC’s history.

 

 

Top Chinese Restaurants in Anaheim

July 22nd, 2017

 

Sometimes nothing compares to authentic or fusion Chinese cuisine, and Anaheim has plenty of popular picks. Head to Ho-Toy’s Chinese Food for a laidback counter-service style environment with homemade authentic cuisine like no other. Known for generous lunch specials and innovative combinations, it’s highly addictive and a local favorite.

The Noodle House specializes in one thing (noodles!) and it does it right. Start with the base, or your preferred noodle, and add your preferred protein, broth, vegetables, spices and much more. A more upscale establishment, the starters and light bites perfectly complement the main plate. It’s a must-try.

Chinese Obsession

Choy’s Chinese is best known as a late night stop that serves scratch-made starters and entrees. It’s a no frills establishment where the BBQ pork and spareribs, foil wrapped chicken and fried chicken wings are the perfect appetizer. From the fried rice to the noodle soups, you can’t go wrong with anything ordered here.

Wang Tcheng is an established landmark in the area, popular for the banquet room during special events and also for maintaining an incredible menu. Try the fried cream cheese, salt and pepper calamari, and authentic egg crepe rolls.

Where will your cravings lead you?

 

Ice Cream in Anaheim

June 11th, 2017

 

Ice cream is nearly as synonymous with Southern California as Disneyland! It’s the sweetest way to keep your cool, especially when traveling to Anaheim in the summer months. Challenge yourself to an ice cream showdown, sampling the best scoops in town. A great starting point is Joe’s Italian Ice. It’s not technically ice cream, but it just might make you a convert with Philly-style flavors like peanut butter and strawberry swirl.

Next up is Brianna’s Ice Cream, a local joint where you can get your “ice cream in a waffle,” which is the only way you’ll take it after you get a taste! As a bonus, Brianna’s is also a great stop for a snack whether you’re craving a mango salad or a sandwich.

Double Down

You’ll definitely be tempted by a double or triple scoop at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. It’s in Disneyland, hosted by Dreyer’s, and completely charming in its old fashioned décor. Get a scoop, float, cone, and a side of a baked waffle. It’s everyone’s favorite sweet stop in the park.

Finally, you won’t want to miss out on the very unique flavors at the Portland-based Salt & Straw shops. There are five locations in Southern California featuring foundational flavors like sea salt with caramel ribbons and avocado and strawberry sherbet. However, their monthly fun flavors are a force to be reckoned with. Are you up for it?

Hot Dog!

May 7th, 2017

 

Anaheim and nearby Los Angeles is a major foodie town, and everything is done bigger, better, and more uniquely here—including hot dogs. Try Corn Dog Castle, a stand at Disneyland with a medieval theme. Choose from a variety of one-of-a-kind toppings, and get them with a side of apple slices to balance the savory with the sweet.

Dog Haus Santa Ana has a variety of toppings and an expansive cheese selection. Pick from organic eggs, avocados, pastrami and sautéed mushrooms before deciding whether to add fig and onion relish, kimchi, haus slaw and crumbled blue cheese or cheese sauce. Try it with crispy fried onion for extra crunch.

All-American Favorites

Wienerschnitzel at North State College is open daily until midnight and offers hot dogs, chili dogs, corn dogs, chili cheese fries and burgers for your late night cravings. Shakes, cones, sundaes and Tastee-Freezes are also on hand. Yellow American cheese, kraut and basic toppings make this a prime spot for comfort food.

At Award Wieners, another Disneyland staple, you’ll find gourmet yet street-style dogs and sausages. Bite into the Uptown Chili Dog or the BBQ Crunch Dog. There are also vegetarian options along with Filmstrip Fries, kid’s menu items and more. This takes dogs to an entirely different level.

 

The Area’s Top Burgers

April 1st, 2017

 

When staying in Anaheim, sometimes nothing will do but the best burger in town. That’s when you head to The Counter, a build-it-yourself joint and local chain. Every possible sauce and topping is available here along with a smorgasbord of buns. Simply tick off what you want and pick any sides, and your customized burger is whipped up by the fast and friendly crew.

The aptly named Best Burgers is part burger restaurant and part Mexican cantina. You’ll also want to try their wings served with a variety of sauces. If you can’t decide between homemade burgers or Mexican cuisine that’s authentic and fresh, why not have both?

Burger Up

Stout Burgers and Beers are known just as much for their brews as their innovative burger toppings. Try the Truffle Shuffle with sautéed mushrooms, brie and truffle aioli. The Six Weeker features fig jam, arugula and caramelized onions. Even better, all their burgers come with a recommended beer pairing.

Ohana Burger boasts Asian-inspired flavors alongside local beers. However, you have to start with the oxtail chili cheese fries smothered in garlic aioli, jalapeños, cilantro and topped with a fried egg. You can build your own burger or select from classic or Asian inspirations, including the Warrior with marinated Angus beef, sweet onion marmalade, Japanese coleslaw, katsu BBQ, citrus aioli and a fried egg.

Hawaiian Grub in the OC

March 19th, 2017

 

Hawaii might be just a hop over the Pacific, but it’ll feel like you’re living the Aloha life at one of these local 808-themed establishments. Matiki Island BBQ serves classics like kalua pork along with generous side dishes including musubi and macaroni salad. It’s a laidback, casual environment that’s family-friendly. Here, the flavors are incredible, and the portion sizes are impressive.

Roy’s is your upscale pick for Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Located along the Garden Walk, many locals love their Aloha Hour where you can get a Hawaiian martini, tempura-crusted ahi rolls, lump crab fried rice and a lot more for very little. The kalua pork sliders with crispy onions are always a hit.

Island Life

Try the aptly named Hawaiian King BBQ where there’s shaved ice, shrimp rice and pulled pork, and try the famous platters spilling over with short ribs, grilled spam and delectable seafood. Being so close to the Pacific means every platter is fresh.

Maui Rose is a quaint, family-owned establishment where you can get fast, delicious Hawaiian cuisine for dine-in or takeout. Try their various side dishes with your pick of protein, and get a taste of the tropics right in Anaheim.

 

Most Romantic Restaurants

February 10th, 2017

 

Wine and dine your special someone this Valentine’s Day at one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Make reservations at The Getty Center’s restaurant, a fine dining establishment with Chef Michael Cimarusti whipping up delights like grilled octopus, sea scallops with black quinoa, short ribs with ground grits, mussels and clams. A special menu is available with a decadent dessert.

The Little Door is a Parisian-style bistro known for fine wines paired with authentic pastries. Start with marinated seaweed and fresh shucked oysters, then move on to the grilled filet mignon with a demi-glace. The pine nut-crusted scallops are addictive, and the couscous “royale” with duck stew is unforgettable.

More V-Day Options

At Cliff’s Edge, you’ll find an outdoor patio that’s dripping with romance, and marinated olives or potato fritters are an excellent start. Roasted duck breast with foie gras or venison with braised cabbage are both popular entrees. Don’t miss out on the chicken liver mousse with bacon jam, too!

Head to Yamashiro Hollywood if you want sushi and Asian-Cali fusion while being surrounded by koi ponds. Tucked into the Hollywood Hills, you’ll overlook the city as you dine on wagyu steak and truffle Hamachi. End the meal with a dessert martini and dessert sushi with a strawberry and kiwi hand roll with melon.

Your Spanish Restaurant Picks

January 6th, 2017

 

At Tapas Flavors of Spain restaurant, you’ll find a full lunch, happy hour and dinner menu—with late-night entertainment like no other. Tapas turns into a night club, and nothing fuels you for a night of dancing like their house paella featuring chorizo, shrimp and chicken with sautéed bell peppers in this spicy rice dish. You can also choose the vegetarian option with saffron and seasonal veggies.

Their chicken andalucia with pear sauce, baked to perfection, is a favorite for regulars. The seafood pasta with clams, shrimp and scallops served on a bed of linguini with a cream sauce is perfection. With pasta Barcelona, you get asparagus, Spanish jamon, rice and an angel hair pasta with a cream sauce.

A Special Night Out

A night of flamenco dancing at Tapas is a real memory maker, but what if you want something more? Try Café Tu Tu Tango, an artsy café where generous sangria pitchers are paired with tapas. Try the berry sangria, sparkling sangria, or staple red or white. The mojitos are also famous, especially if you get the mango, dragonberry or tango variety—all available as a glass or pitcher.

Pair your cocktail with favorites like lobster bisque or Spanish antipasto salad with manchego cheese, olive tapenade, rosemary flatbreads, made in-house, and the marinated artichoke hearts with red onion. All art on display is for sale and complements your tapas night perfectly.