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Anaheim’s Thanksgiving Feasts

November 21st, 2016

 

For much of the country, Thanksgiving means chunky sweaters and crisp autumnal air. Not in Anaheim! If you’re celebrating turkey day minutes from Disneyland, you can complement your sun and surf with some incredible Thanksgiving feasts (and wear sandals in the process). The Orange County Mining Co. offers an incredible buffet with all the trimmings, a carving station, more desserts than even the biggest Thanksgiving lover can handle, and some incredible views.

At The Phoenix Club, you might not expect the most famous German pub in town to dish up Thanksgiving delights, but you’re in for a real surprise! You’ll find all your favorite German fare readily available alongside your beloved turkey day treats. If you’ve never had pumpkin pie with a German ale before, or paired schnitzel with stuffing, stop missing out, and head to The Phoenix Club this year.

The Gobble Wobble

OceanView Bar and Grill features a sprawling Thanksgiving feast with one of the few evening reservations in town. If you prefer to have your turkey when the sun’s going down instead of mid-day, check out this stunning destination. It’s both intimate and welcoming to large groups. Sit outside and let the sea air rev up your appetite.

Club 33 is a staple offering a full menu as well as a buffet option. It’s a local favorite for holidays, and they really go all out on Thanksgiving. No matter where you go, get reservations early!

House of Blues Anaheim

November 3rd, 2016

 

Anaheim’s famous House of Blues has left Disney, but don’t worry—their brand new location, launched just a few weeks ago, is incredible! Now located at the GardenWalk Mall, it’s bigger, better, louder and crazier than ever. It’s located where UltraLuxe used to be, providing even more space for top-of-the-charts entertainers and their fans. The previous location was big, but there are so many fans eager for mind-blowing concerts that it was simply time to move on.

Enjoy the indoor/outdoor restaurant, live entertainment on four big stages, the foundation room where the legendary VIP room and nightclub can be found, and two floors of sightlines and sounds like you’ve never heard before. Original art, a one-of-a-kind experience, and live music every single day are all just a few miles from your Anaheim guest room.

Feeling Blue?

The restaurant and bar features inventive food with craft beers and cocktails, a soulful environment, and seating options no matter what the occasion calls for. Head to the nightclub or VIP room for pre-show parties and late night DJs. Private events here are amazing, with a flexible layout, premium service and one of the most creative beverage programs in the country.

Leading up to the opening weekend, much of the new House of Blues was kept hush-hush. Keep an eye on the official site for concert listings, special events, and more perks that will make the House of Blues your number one spot in Anaheim.

Anaheim’s Best Mexican

September 28th, 2016

 

Southern California is known for its authentic Mexican cuisine as well as innovative and fusion-rich flavors. In Anaheim, travelers are treated to a variety of Mexican options, starting with Los Alazanes Mexican Food. With tortas, tacos, burritos, and more, the full menu is open around the clock for counter service. It’s a popular late night stop for locals and a place where you can get amazing cuisine no matter when cravings strike.

Tacos

El Cholo is an Anaheim classic, a family restaurant where the margarita menu is just as big as the dinner menu! Get the Sonora-style enchilada with layered corn tortillas, chicken, a fried egg, tomato, onion and cilantro broth. It’s the original, though there are many imitators.

Dine In or Carry Out

At Mi Casa Mexicana, you’ll find street tacos with every possible filling and combination imaginable. Try the Chef’s Combos featuring tacos, taquitos, fajitas and accoutrements, or one of their famous chili rellenos with a taco. For dessert, cheesecakes, cinnamon fried ice cream, churros, flan and tres leches are on the menu.

Casa Rangel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can start your day with chilaquiles, chili verde con chorizo, machaca or even a short stack or classic omelet.

Greek Treats in Anaheim

September 17th, 2016

 

Staying so close to the Pacific Ocean means you have to take advantage of the freshest seafood—and what better cuisine than Greek to make this happen? Anaheim is rich with Greek cuisine, like the offerings at Kentro Greek Kitchen. Starters include keftedes meatballs, house spanakopita, tiropites (stuffed puff pastries), and homemade zucchini chips.

Choose a spread with house baked rustic bread alongside olivada, fava or tzatziki. Brizola, an 8-ounce ribeye, is a popular dish as is the psari tiganito featuring pan-fried fish. Save room for dessert, like the baklava, Greek beignets, or cool down with the delectable baklava ice cream sandwich.

Going Greek

Willy’s Eatery is open for breakfast and lunch, offering Greek-American fusion cuisine. A Greek omelet with tomato, basil and feta cheese is a hearty start to the day. Grab one of their famous Greek pitas for lunch, like the Willy’s Greek chicken wrap with rice, hummus and tomato. A gyro plate with Greek salad is always in season, and the feta delight burger with a side of hummus and pita is divine.

No matter where you go in Anaheim, you’ll be met with eclectic and delicious offerings from all over the world. Make your trip a culinary adventure, and don’t forget to check out what the Greek chefs have in store for you.

 

Go on a Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

September 16th, 2016

 

If you can’t decide between swashbuckling and settling down to a delicious meal, the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is for you! Located in Buena Park, you’ll find a Spanish galleon replica that stretches 46 feet and features 40 foot masts to start your adventure. This 18th century homage is anchored into a 30,000 gallon interior lagoon complete with a night sky crafted overhead with cutting edge technology. Six showrooms displaying six more ships encircle your pirate boat. Comfortable seats are laid out throughout these showrooms, giving every attendee the best seat in the house.

No matter which one of the six ships you’re on, you’ll have your very own pirate mascot leading the way. Over a dozen actors take to the “stage” with stunt performances, singing and dancing as you’re served an incredible meal. It guarantees to ward off scurvy and sate a hungry pirate’s appetite.

All Aboard!

Of the 150 attendees invited to every show, each and every one has the option to play a role and join in the adventure! Can you help take down evil Captain Sebastian the Black? Or will you be the one who ends up walking the plank? It’s an adventure suitable for the whole family and a great way to kick off your vacation.

Buy tickets in advance, and get ready to sail the high seas—without even having to leave the golden coast!

Portland’s Voodoo Doughnuts Head to Universal Studios

August 12th, 2016

 

Portland, Oregon is home to some of the most scrumptious foodie goodies in the world, and recent transplants from PDX to the LA area include the likes of Salt & Straw ice cream. However, Portland’s most beloved doughnuts, Voodoo, has announced they’ll be opening a location at Universal Studios after the Portland mayoral doughnut-eating contest.

baked donuts

 

The details are being kept relatively hush-hush, but it’s possible LA visitors might be able to dig into the famous Voodoo Doll doughnut, Mango Tango, Captain My Captain and more extra-sweet fried dough by autumn. Universal Studios has been looking for a way to renovate the entry for a while, and the CityWalk area of the park has proven perfect for the latest Voodoo location.

What’s the Big Deal?

Voodoo is a staple in Portland and has been featured on numerous Food Channel and Travel Channel shows thanks to their funky and eclectic atmosphere, strange toppings, and knack for perfecting sheer indulgence. Other non-Oregon locations include Denver and Tokyo.

It’s unclear whether the same doughnuts will be in California as well as Portland, but if so, make sure to check out their Diablos Rex (available in regular and vegan) as well as the Pot Hole, featuring Oreo crumbles and a Bavarian cream center.

Great Greek in Anaheim

August 7th, 2016

 

Thanks to being nestled against the Pacific Ocean, there’s some fantastic Greek fare in the Anaheim area you have to try. Start at Athens West, a casual eatery on Huntington Beach that offers a generous vegetarian menu alongside more classic dishes. The orzo pasta, Greek salad, kebab selection, and salmon platter with two fillets grilled perfectly are all top picks. Four lamb chops, seasoned and cooked on an open flame, are another popular choice.

Greek Salad

 

At Daphne’s California Greek, you’ll find the classic pita sandwiches with small grilled chicken served street-style or with mouthwatering steak. On the Family Feast menu, select form classic entrees like grilled chicken, falafel, chicken shawarma or fresh-carved gyros. Their seasoned rice, tabouli and dessert menu never disappoint.

Satisfy Your Appetite

Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine is a favorite fusion restaurant with chicken lulu kebabs, stuffed eggplants and grape leaves, and of course falafel platters and gyros galore. Substitute salad and/or rice for their house fries, or go for the Greek burger to really mix things up.

At The Mad Greek Restaurant, you’ll find lamb and salmon souvlaki, Greek ribs and roasted lamb, and moussaka in an unfussy, laid back atmosphere. Try the Niko’s platter with skewers, calamari, prawns and scallops galore!

 

Anaheim’s Steak Restaurants

July 29th, 2016

Craving a juicy, perfectly prepared strip or filet? Anaheim has you covered with some of the best steakhouses in southern California. Try Carthay Circle Restaurant, where you’ll find boneless beef short ribs, Cajun spiced salmon, and jambalaya on the menu. A touch of New Orleans right along the golden coast, there’s also roasted beef sirloin and bayou surf and turf, too!

Organic Lamb Loin Chops

JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery pairs their own locally crafted beers with some of the most mouthwatering menu items you can fathom. Favorites include their world famous French dip, the cowboy burger with bleu cheese, killer steak tacos, and boneless beef buffalo wings. Hibachi filet steak and a 16 oz. prime rib are available for those who really bring their appetites.

Up the Steaks

The Royal Street Veranda offers a magical Disneyland touch to steakhouses, located in the Disney Park and famous for their steak gumbo. Here, you can also get clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, or enjoy a drink on their spacious wrought-iron patio as you munch on fritters.

Roy’s is a Hawaiian restaurant that does beef right with their grilled filet mignon alongside teppanyaki shrimp. Braised beef short ribs and truffle bacon mac and cheese are just a couple of their prime picks. No matter which steakhouse you choose, you can’t go wrong in Anaheim!

 

Best Thai in Anaheim

July 9th, 2016

There’s an abundance of top Thai restaurants in town, and it’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet or savory cravings. Thai Tangerine Restaurant offers a crying tiger BBQ beef starter, a famous papaya salad that’s the perfect refresher on a hot summer day, Thai curry options, and a boat noodle specialty you have to try. Top it all off with rainbow ice cream.

Asian Ingredients

At Jumpa Thai Restaurant, you’ll enjoy deep-fried tofu, beef or pork jerky, and shrimp cakes for starters. The shrimp pineapple curry is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy, while the Chinese broccoli with crispy pork is always a favorite. Their crab fried rice, Thai omelet, and mango with sticky rice for dessert are all guaranteed to delight.

Thai Options

Thai California Kitchen is a favorite for college students, where affordable, authentic eats with innovative twists are king. Get deep-fried ground chicken with cream cheese and a selection of dipping sauces for a real treat. Egg noodle and wontons with your choice of protein, glass noodle dishes, or BBQ chicken over fried rice are all popular picks.

There’s also Thai Nakorn, where Thai BBQ is so big, it needs its own menu! Choose from their seafood selection, curries, soups, Thai salads, and specials like fried fish with mango salad or Chinese water grass with bean sauce. Where will you Thai one on?

“Top” Rooftop Bars

June 24th, 2016

Really enjoy the weather and views of southern California by discovering the best rooftop bars in the area. Upstairs at the Ace Hotel Bar, you’ll find killer views, incredible cocktails and a blazing fire, just in case you start missing that California heat when the sun goes down. Rotating DJs keep you on your toes, and this relatively new establishment attracts the occasional celebrity so you can do your star sighting without having to leave your table.

Mojito cocktail and cashews on table in rooftop bar

At Pearl’s Liquor Bar in West Hollywood, you’ll find delectable filet mignon and beef tartare, all while you gaze over the Sunset Strip. Famous just as much for the food as the views, you have to try the mushroom flatbread. However, if you prefer to drink your dinner, there’s always the Whiskey Twist made with ginger whiskey, fresh mint and lime.

A Bar with a View

SIXTY in Beverly Hills is an intimate getaway, located at the old Thompson hideaway, and is known by locals for their happy hours with $4 drinks and bites. Nestle next to the pool, and find yourself relaxing in the midst of Wilshire. You’ll feel rightfully old Hollywood glam in no time.

Palihouse is a secret escape where locals head when they want to avoid crowds. Now that you’re in the know, you can also slip away for some rooftop wining and dining. The area is brimming with rooftop options—where will you go first?