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Best Burger Joints

September 12th, 2017

 

Getting ranked as a best burger destination in Southern California is no easy task. Glee Donuts and Burgers offers two all-American favorites. Try the Holy Mole Burger with guacamole, jalapenos and Swiss cheese with two patties and house dressing. The Soft Shell Crab Burger highlights the Pacific’s seafare, and of course dessert with a cronut, apple fritter or Tiger Tail donut is the sweet ending you crave.

At Burger Theory, they have burgers down to a science. House burgers include the Philly with grilled peppers, onions and jack cheese, The Boss is two patties with loads of bacon and sharp cheddar melted along with Swiss cheese. Get the parmesan panko onion rings as a side for a double whammy of goodness.

Flippin’ Awesome

The Blind Rabbit is an upscale restaurant, speakeasy and bar known for “The Burger.” Grab some bone marrow appetizers before diving into the half-pound monster with gruyere cheese, a fried egg, caramelized onion, bacon aioli truffle greens and tater tots on the side. Alternatively, the Buffalo Chicken Sliders on a pretzel roll with Pepper Jack and house pickles makes for a tangy dish.

Ethiopian Picks in Anaheim

August 3rd, 2017

 

Anaheim is home to two authentic Ethiopian restaurants, each unique and worth a visit to explore the intricate flavors and innovative dishes. At Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market, the eatery is open for lunch and dinner, with sambusas and the famed injera bread making perfect starters.

Yemiser Wot is a favorite dish here, with red lentils stewed in a special red pepper sauce and seasoned with garlic and onion. Cooked cabbage with spices, cubes of fresh lamb for the Yebeg Tibs in a spicy sauce and side salad, along with the imported Ethiopian wines make this a favorite, laidback option.

A Taste of Africa

Abysinnia Restaurant is the quintessential locals-only establishment with no online presence, but well worth the visit. Try the doro wat and lamb cubes for a flavor punch, or the vegetarian sampler platter that features plenty of treats for two.

Tender beef prepared in spicy sauces, cooked cabbage and “greens” done in a unique Ethiopian style are part of what make this casual eatery so memorable. Infused, flavored butters give a number of entrees an extra kick, and the ingredients are sourced locally. When you’re looking for foodie options off the grid, trying one (or both!) of these restaurants is a guaranteed hit.

 

Top Indian Cuisine in Anaheim

July 28th, 2017

 

Many Anaheim visitors go straight for the decadence at Disneyland, but if you’re craving something with a little more kick and heat, the local Indian restaurants are the place to go. Try Punjabi Tandoor for traditional northern Indian cuisine including the famous tandoori chicken and naan in a casual eatery. Authentic fare that ranges from creamy butter chicken to parathas stuffed with a variety of options, from meats to vegetarian, can be found here and are made from scratch.

Gandhi Palace is popular with locals, featuring an impressive vegetarian and carnivore menu. Here you’ll find classics from around India, from southern-inspired crispy dosas to “comfort food” like moong dahl and saag paneer with large pieces of paneer (cottage cheese).

The Spice of Anaheim

Don’t be fooled by the name Ambala Sweets and Spices. This grocer/restaurant is known for their Indian sweets including besan ladoo and jalebi, but also serves a genuine and full menu to customers in the know. Try their vegetarian biryani, malai kofta, palak paneer and saag aloo.

At India King, you’ll be treated to an impressive option of curries, stuffed naan and tandoori specialties. Try the paneer tikka skewer, goat biryani and variety of starters from perfectly seasoned samosas stuffed with potatoes to the aloo tikki chaat. Where will your cravings take you?

Indian Restaurants Near Chatsworth

June 23rd, 2017

Southern California is a renowned foodie paradise, and there are countless options in the Chatsworth area. Try Valley India Café for all your south Indian favorites including massive dosas, curries, and a daily lunch buffet that showcases all the flavors and bounty of the southern region. Don’t forget to try the chai or a cool and thick lassi to help with that summer heat.

Royal Delhi Palace is also known for their impressive lunch buffet in a light and casual eatery. There are plenty of vegetarian options from saag paneer to dal, but the butter and tandoori chicken are also popular picks. Choose from a selection of rotis, naan and parathas to pair with your favorite Indian dishes from around the country.

Add Some Spice to Your Trip

Dilli Express is your quick stop for delicious, home-cooked Indian fare with a touch of fusion. You have to try the curry tacos, the perfect blend of Indian and Californian deliciousness. Seafood is a must with the Pacific so close by, from the shrimp tikka masala to the coconut seafood curry.

Paradise Biryani Pointe specializes in biryani with a delectable variety of proteins, but there’s so much more to this Punjabi-centric destination than rice dishes. A local chain, you’ll want to try their kebabs and curry dishes, too. Check out the goat menu with goat saag or paradise goat curry for a unique dish.

 

Father’s Day Outings

June 15th, 2017

 

Treat the dad in your life to a special Father’s Day at one of Anaheim’s many featured options, like the brunch aboard the Queen Mary. Prices are $60 per adult and include a champagne brunch on the famed Queen while you discover over 50 dishes from around the globe from eggs benedict to carne asada tacos. With a carving station and the best view in southern California, it’ll be a day he never forgets.

Some dads prefer a beer brunch, and the Hornblower Cruise has you covered. With a $74 per person price tag, you get both beer and champagne along with a tantalizing spread and an epic dessert station. Set sail from Newport harbor and indulge in handmade glazed doughnuts, mac and cheese, artisanal sausages and poached prawns.

A Wet ‘n’ Wild Father’s Day

Check out the Father’s Day BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific where the price is $59 for adults. Dine amongst the fish and treat everyone to farmer’s market produce, flame-grilled chicken and German bratwurst, Mexican-style mac ‘n’ cheese, and legendary brownies.

There’s also the Father’s Day Champagne Brunch at Laguna Cliffs’ Vue at Dana Point, where you just might spot a whale migration! Prices are $70 per adult and come with a fantastic view. Customize omelets, dine on jumbo shrimp and prime rib fresh from the carving station, and pair your favorites with seasonal produce, a variety of potatoes and a massive dessert station.

Where will you treat Dad?

African Cuisine in Anaheim

June 1st, 2017

 

Southern California might be known for fusion cuisine, the freshest seafood and produce along with some quirky inventions, but if you’re craving cuisine from Africa, you need it to be authentic. There are two mainstays in Anaheim, starting with Kenyan Café and Cuisine. With a “fun menu” offering Swahili to English translations, you’ll learn how to order like a pro and know what to expect from the injera bread to the variety of lentil dishes.

There are a number of both vegetarian choices and meat dishes. Try the wali (cooked rice) with mboga (cabbage). Fried goat in Kenyan spices served with your choice of a side is an excellent option. BBQ beef with chapatti or ugali is another favorite. Samosas with local spices are fantastic starters.

Spicing Up Anaheim

Try Merhaba Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sample the foul (fava beans with tomatoes, onions and feta) in a pita or French roll. Fitt fitt is a breakfast staple featuring injera bread soaked in seasoned, hot butter and topped with herbs with yogurt on the side. A sambusa for a snack or boneless rockfish stew for an appetizer is always tantalizing.

A beef, lamb and vegetarian menu offer plenty of choices. Try the zegny bighe kiye, the most popular lamb dish on the menu, or make it a stew. Zel zel tibsy is home grilled beef strips with spices, tossed with onions and green peppers. For a little of everything, get a sampler combination platter and decide what your favorite dish is.

 Mediterranean Picks Near Anaheim

May 23rd, 2017

 

Mediterranean cuisine is fresh, often seafood-rich, and Anaheim provides the perfect location and climate to indulge. Nearby, you’ll find DonerG Turkish and Mediterranean Grill, a counter-service gem for gyros, wraps, plenty of vegetarian options and much more, from house hummus and pita to the freshest tabouli in town.

Jasmine Mediterranean Restaurant is known for stellar catering, generous plates, and delicious starters including kibbeh, grape leaves and baba ghannouj. Try their cheese or meat pizzas, including mini pizzas featuring unique toppings like pomegranate. Of course, their kebabs are also always a popular choice.

Full of Flavor

Rosine’s is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant, but the majority of the loyal customers come for the famous rotisserie chicken (fantastic wrapped in a gyro). Open for lunch and dinner, you have the staples, but there’s also the Mediterranean hot wings in special house hot sauce, the eggplant napoleon, upside-down rotisserie chicken salad and other unique offerings.

Anatolian Fresh Mediterranean Grill features Turkish wraps and delectable salads in this simple, family-owned counter-service restaurant. Döner kebabs, wraps, salads and a variety of appetizers like falafel, Turkish feta egg rolls and even fries are available.

Hawaiian Grub Near Anaheim

April 4th, 2017

 

When you’re in sunny, tropical California, sometimes only exotic fare will do. Luckily, there are many options for Hawaiian cuisine nearby. Check out Matiki Island Barbeque, a favorite BBQ joint where pulled pork, short ribs, and sides like macaroni salad and musubi are staples. Here, the flavors are always authentic.

Ola Hawaiian BBQ is a traditional, counter-service joint with big portions and full flavors. You’ll want to try the Hawaiian BBQ beef tacos, a fusion of Hawaiian and Mexican cuisine. Ola fire chicken really turns up the heat, while the noodle menu featuring seafood noodle soup and Hawaiian chicken noodle soup are comfort food picks done right.

That 808 Grind

Lovfish Poke is a little gem dishing up sushi and rice bowls with a Hawaiian twist. You’ll really taste the Japanese influence at this unassuming, family-owned restaurant. Plus, a business along the Pacific Ocean has access to the freshest, most delicious fish possible for mouthwatering entrèes.

Maui Hawaiian BBQ is famous for lunch plates and burgers with Hawaiian influences. Try the hamburger steak with homemade gravy, fried mahi mahi and curry shrimp. The Maui cheeseburger might be just what you’re craving, or maybe it’s the grilled salmon salad you want. No matter which Hawaiian restaurant you choose near Anaheim, the taste of the island is never far away.

Salvadorian Cuisine in Anaheim

March 27th, 2017

 

Anaheim and the Los Angeles area offer diverse, rich and eclectic options and every type of cuisine imaginable. If you’re craving food from El Salvador, you have plenty of choices. Discover the flavors of El Carbonero Restaurant, with authentic eats whipped up in a fast and friendly restaurant. Counter seating is available for you to dig into beef soup, pupusas de loroco, chicken and pork tamales, and the famous pork meat pies.

At Cuzcatlan Restaurant, you’ll be eating like a local in this low-key establishment that only a few know about. There’s no online presence and the menu can change with the seasons, but you can bet you’ll find some of the freshest, most genuine of dishes at this hideaway.

Great Eats

There are two Restaurant y Pupuseria Comalapas, but both are on Lincoln Avenue, so you’ll have to try each of them and select your favorite. Homemade food, fresh ingredients, and the perfect amount of spice make both of these family-owned restaurants a favorite.

Finally, there’s San Salvador Restaurant, a quaint and tiny getaway that will make you feel like you’ve landed in the heart of El Salvador. Cooking like abuela is the norm here, and there’s a reason this family-owned establishment is a local delight.

Japanese Food in Anaheim

February 24th, 2017

 

A city so diverse offers up an array of cuisine options, and if you’re craving Japanese fare, you’re in the right town! Start at Yosuke Sushi, a casual spot for standard Japanese dishes and an eclectic mix of sushi. Being so close to the Pacific Ocean means that Japanese hot spots can feature the freshest fish possible for sushi and sashimi!

Café Misora is a cheap-eats delight that offers complimentary green tea ice cream that’s phenomenal. Try their spicy ramen if you’re in the mood for some kick, or the teriyaki roll for a sticky, sweet fusion roll. Few tourists know about this gem, so check it out, and fall in love.

On a Roll!

Toyo Sushi and Roll is located next to the local university and has long been a student go-to spot. Try their bento or lunch specials for an affordable option like the bulgogi bowl, unagi bowl or poke bowl. Upgrade your bento box to include a tempura California roll, mixed sashimi or mixed sushi.

At Biyako, you’ll find aged dashi tofu, baked mussels, a salmon skin salad, fresh, baked or tempura rolls and traditional entrees. Generous dinner options are available, and for dessert make sure to save room for tempura or mochi ice cream.