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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.

Spanish Fare in Anaheim

January 5th, 2017

Looking for the flavors of Spain? Anaheim has you covered, starting with Olé! Spain Delishop. Located in nearby Santa Ana, Olé! is the go-to sandwich shop where you can get the Combo Bocata with two sides, your favorite sandwich, and pasta with chorizo, salad, soup or dessert as your side picks. The Castilla with manchego cheese, pesto, onion and black olive or the Catalana with butifarra (ham), Pamplona sausage and piquillo peppers are favorites.

For tapas, get furia roja which includes four pieces of bread with manchego, topped with small chorizos. The andaluza with pesto, tomato, manchego and five pieces of cheese or the Iberica with serrano ham, manchego and four pieces of bread are delectable. Dessert is flan or Carlota.

A Taste of Spain

Café Tu Tu Tango is a lively nightspot with great eats. Located in the Outlets of Orange County, re-fuel for shopping or a night of dancing with picadillo and cheese empanadas, or try the famous Taste of Tango platter with stuffed mushrooms, chipotle chicken empanadas, pacific rim steak skewers and Cajun chicken eggrolls.

Big Plate selections include twin lobster tails with roasted corn on the cob or the Barcelona blackened chicken breast featuring manchego cheese and a marinara sauce. Served with rice and black beans, it’s the perfect taste of Barcelona.

Anaheim Thanksgiving Guide

November 20th, 2016

 

Spend the holidays in sunny southern California where you get the best of both worlds: Incredible Thanksgiving feasts along with sandy beaches and warm weather. Many of the restaurants at Disneyland feature Thanksgiving classic fare including juicy turkeys, moist stuffing, pies, sides and more. However, it’s also a great time of year to visit the park with shorter lines, less crowds, and the opportunity to bond with loved ones.

The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon is a popular pick, offering a prix fixe menu starting at 2 p.m. This rustic, charming diner is a family favorite, and the innovative dishes provide generous portions and spins on classics. You might also want to check out Buca di Beppo for a full turkey feast along with their regular menu. Feasts are available for a fixed price based on party size, and they are open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (though reservations fill up fast!).

Thanks for the Memories

Prefer to enjoy your holiday meal in the comfort of your oversized guest room? Many restaurants offer to-go options, including Zov’s Anaheim. They pack up fresh, homemade full Thanksgiving meals for up to 15 guests. It’s all there from the turkey to the yams, stuffing to mashed potatoes, carrots, salads, rolls and desserts.

For those who prefer to go turkey-free, try Morton’s for their seafood, steak, and Thanksgiving-infused sides. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is dishing up their full menu, and McCormick and Schmick’s is surf and turf with a holiday twist.

 

Mexican Musts in Anaheim

October 1st, 2016

 

No trip to Anaheim is complete without indulging in some of the best Mexican fare this side of the border. At Mi Casa Mexicana, street-style tacos and family platters are served up in a laid-back environment. Try the burritos, stuffed with beans, rice, salsa and cilantro and your choice of protein. The fish burrito, beef tongue burrito and chimichanga burrito are perfect for adventurous eaters, or the massive veggie burrito is sure to satisfy any vegetarian cravings.

Tortilla Jo’s is your local cantina dishing up tableside guacamole just how you like it. Choose from four styles of ceviche, or go with the street tacos with chicken, steak, beer-battered fish, brisket or veg-friendly. Specials include fajitas with shrimp, chicken or beef, all pan-seared for the best in flavor.

Go to Mexico without Leaving Anaheim

Los Cotijas Mexican Grill is known for their big menu and flavor combinations. Try the burritos with ham and eggs, or the grilled fish fillets with homemade tortillas. Shrimp cocktails with a side of cheese, sour cream, hot carrots, or fries keeps things on the lighter side. However, the nachos supreme with your choice of protein is perfect for sharing.

La Casa Garcia is a family-operated restaurant tucked into a strip mall, but don’t let the location fool you. It’s addictive with their breakfast, lunch and dinner, including spicy Bloody Marys in the morning and their shrimp, cheese and avocado omelet. Discover the real taste of Anaheim at these authentic picks!

 

Best Thai in Anaheim

August 27th, 2016

 

An eclectic foodie scene near Anaheim means you’ll find some of the best Thai cuisine this side of Bangkok, just minutes from your hotel! Imperial Thai Cuisine offers dine-in, takeout and delivery of their special dishes like the Flipping Tofu sautéed a golden brown and served with a house-made sauce, Thai Chili Basil with assorted fresh veggies, Rad Na with broad rice noodles and Chinese broccoli with a beer oyster sauce, and the Crying Tiger with prime beef marinated in spices with a spicy lemon sauce.

Delicious vegan thai curry

Suthathip Thai Restaurant features classic appetizers like Thai Rangoon, Crispy Tofu, Curry Puffs, and Thai Fish Cakes to get started. The Spicy Eggplant entrée has eggplants and chilies in a spicy sauce with onion and basil, and the Cashew Nut dish has stir-fried cashews with onion and water chestnuts in a secret house sauce.

Thai Lovers Unite

The Win Thai Cuisine Restaurants are known for their Stuffed Chicken Wings with glass noodles and sweet/sour sauce, their Shrimp Tempura, deep fried with a variety of veggies, as well as their BBQ Chicken Satay served with peanut sauce. From their Beef Noodle Soup to the Chow Mein, it’s comfort food done right.

There’s the Spicy Thai Restaurant, Chaba Thai Noodle and Grill, and Thai & Laos Market to try, too!

 

Comedy on the Terrace

August 1st, 2016

 

Head to the Terrace Cafe at 7 Washington Boulevard in nearby Marina del Rey for their brand new comedy show every Thursday night. There’s a fresh lineup weekly, featuring the country’s most in-demand headliners as well as local up-and-comers. The Beach Room is where you’ll find the action as well as an innovative menu from the Cafe. This free show has no drink or food item minimum—but the menu is so tempting, it’ll be tough to resist!

Stand-up comedy stage

Standup comedy is at its finest at this show, where the doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the laughs start at 9. Come early to get a great seat, and pore over the menu, ensuring your drinks and fare are in hand by the opening act. Views of the Pacific Ocean accompany your comedic dining experience, as well as a wide selection of Omaha steaks, Jakes’ Tuna Pokie, roasted orange duck, and too many pizza and salad combinations to detail!

The New Hot Spot

For years, the Terrace Cafe has been a favorite for celebrations from breakfast through late night. Open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m., adding comedic relief to this non-stop dining favorite is a natural fit. Kids are welcome during the day, with a special children’s menu dishing up the most delectable options.

However, if you prefer something sweet to go with the sometimes saltiness of the headliners, the expansive dessert menu is sure to please. Try their 3 chocolate mousse cake, carrot cake with strawberry sauce, or traditional tiramisu. To keep up with their headliners, follow them on Facebook.

Take the Boudin Bakery Tour

July 31st, 2016

You fell in love with their bread bowls, but now it’s time to find out exactly how Boudin works their magic. Carb lovers unite as the Boudin bakers showcase their skills and let you in on a few of their secrets. Find out how to make better sourdough bread at home, the best pairings for bread bowls that you can whip up yourself, and what it takes to operate the most famous bakery in California, serving thousands of visitors a day!

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The Boudin tour is held at the Disney Adventureland bakery shop, and all ages are welcome. There is handicap accessibility. Free samples of the delicious San Francisco bread kick off the tour along with filmed narratives from Hollywood elites, like Rosie O’Donnell, explaining how the loaves are made.

No Half Baked Tour

Watch the bakers behind glass walls as they knead the dough into little loaves of heaven. Boudin has been delighting Californians for more than 150 years, depending on a secret recipe to whip up your favorite treats. Bakery rolls are available to purchase, as well as Boudin sandwiches, after the tour at Pacific Wharf Café.

What started as a small old world shop in the Bay Area on Dupont Street has exploded into a California phenomenon.

Raise the Steaks!

June 20th, 2016

Don’t think that all of California is healthy eating and seafood (although there’s plenty of it!). It’s also a fabulous spot for some of the best steakhouses in the country. Check out The Ranch Restaurant, which has a Wild West saloon attached in case you’re craving happy hour steak bites instead of the whole enchilada, or rib eye in this case! There’s over 53,000 square feet to explore, with ingredients and cuts coming from several California farms.

Beef steak on black stone table

Prime Cut Café is another popular pick, open for lunch and dinner with an expansive wine bar. Try their happy hour menu where the steak frites are perfectly seasoned and complement the hanger steak, which is always flawlessly prepared. A separate dessert menu featuring seasonally changing treats is the rich ending to an idyllic outing.

Good Eats

Manhattan Steak and Seafood offers a touch of the Big Apple in southern California. Go back in time to the era of supper clubs in a classy environment, where the drinks are poured strong and the dishes are on point. However, the menu is always changing, so you need to check it out every time you’re in Anaheim to see what’s new!

From the Steer Inn where you get generous portions of locally farmed cuts to the countless Japanese infusion steak houses, there are plenty of choices to find just the right cut for you.