Something great near Anaheim?
- Pamela Zurer
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.
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
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.
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.