Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

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.


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?

German Restaurants in Anaheim

June 14th, 2016

Whether you’re celebrating a graduation, Father’s Day, or simply want an amazing dining experience out, Anaheim and the surrounding area has some of the best German fare in town. Try Jägerhaus, a homey, authentic eatery with an expansive craft beer and wine selection. Fresh corned beef hash, a Bavarian cherry pancake, potato pancakes with applesauce, and a full bratwurst dinner are just a few of their specialties. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s always the perfect time for Jägerhaus.


The Alpine Village is worth the short drive, where you can shop, dine and celebrate Oktoberfest-style, year round! Happy hour, a Sunday champagne brunch, and their daily menu will all satisfy. Try their Reuben spring rolls or the brioche sliders for a twist that blends German and American flavors.

Little Europe

Kaiserhof is another option, a family owned restaurant featuring escargot, chicken paprika, schnitzel, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut that’s addictive! Homemade German noodles, calves liver, and wurstplatte await, as well as American children’s menus.

At Wirtshaus LA, you’ll find Bavarian Nights every Saturday that squeezes an entire month’s worth of Oktoberfest into a single evening. Try their jäger schnitzel, Bavarian pretzel, black forest salad, or traditional wurst dishes for a real treat. No matter where you head in Anaheim for German fare, you’ll be delightfully surprised!

Father’s Day in Anaheim

June 4th, 2016

There are exciting options to celebrate dad this Father’s Day in Anaheim! Beyond Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios (for the dad who can’t get enough of theme parks), try thinking outside the box and head to Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, the annual event for car buffs. This year’s theme is Highways to Heaven, and he’ll feel in paradise as you explore muscle, vintage and collector cars. It’s the perfect “consolation” as Petersen Automotive Museum is under renovation!

Fathers day composition

The LA Roadsters Show and Swap at the Fairplex in Pomona also takes place on Father’s Day Weekend, the ideal spot to find that roadster of his dreams. Antique parts are also on hand as you pore over hundreds of vintage cars. For the dad who loves to cook, check out Hipcooks’ The Thrill of the Grill Cooking Class where he can learn a few new tricks.

Anaheim Beauty

If the special guy in your life loves the outdoors, try Marina Del Rey Parasailing where he can select a 600 or 800 foot ride soaring above the Venice Beach coastline to the Santa Monica Pier. Kids are welcome but have to ride with adults. First, enjoy a boat ride beyond the crashing waves before setting sail to get a glimpse of southern California in a very unique way!

Otherwise, stay a little closer to the water with a kayak class and tour on Mother’s Beach operated by REI. Every Saturday, this class is open to students at least 12 years old and teaches foundational moves, strokes, and how to prep your kayaking gear before taking to the water.