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Mar 8, 1999 07:39 AM

Something great near Anaheim?

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Are there any decent places to eat not too far from
Anaheim? I'll be attending a convention there in a few
weeks and have a blank check to take a group of 10 out
for a snazzy meal. We'll have to take taxis from hotels
near the Convention Center so downtown LA is not
practical. Are there restaurants anyone would recommend
in Orange County? Price is not a factor.


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  1. If you are up to the chowhound experience,
    then I strongly recommend that you try one
    of the Isaan-style Thai restaurants in the
    area, which are superb, and quite unlike
    other Thai cooking you might have tried.

    My favorite is Renu Nakorn, in Norwalk,
    about halfway between Disneyland and L.A.,
    but Thai Nakorn, in a Beach Boulevard mall
    across the street from Knott's Berry Farm
    in Buena Park, is very, very good, and almost
    fancy inside.

    If Thai food will be too intense, Troquet
    in the South Coast Plaza serves wonderful
    French bistro food--and Granville's in the
    Disneyland Hotel is locally famous for its
    steaks, which certainly rate.

    2 Replies
    1. re: j gold
      Pamela Zurer

      Thanks for the suggestions. What is Isaan-style Thai
      food? Is that a region of Thailand? Are there
      particular specialties to watch for?

      1. re: Pamela Zurer

        Isaan-style food is from northeastern Thailand,
        near the Laotian border (and in fact, it is
        indistinguishable from Laotian cooking.
        There is a true Laotian restaurant in Anaheim,
        Sang Dao, at 1739 W. La Palma Ave., if you're

        The cuisine is known for its fiery salads
        of tongue, catfish, raw beef,
        squid, etc., sliced fine and dressed with
        chile, lime and toasted rice powder. (Ideally,
        you scoop these up with little balls of sticky
        rice.) I really like the larbs of duck and
        jackfruit here, and the green papaya salad
        with tiny salted crabs is divine.

        The famous Thai beef jerky is a specialty of
        the region, as is the grilled beef dish
        sometimes translated as ``the tiger cries,''
        barbecued chicken and a tremendous raw-pork
        dish tossed with crunchy rice. If you see
        something called ``white tuna'' on the blackboard,
        don't hesitate to order it: strong, but awesome.