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Jun 13, 2009 12:28 PM

Anaheim convention center eats

Hello all! In August my partner in crime and I are headed down to Anaheim for a big event. We want to know where to eat in between sessions of geekery. I'd love to know where locals go to eat. I am open to eating anything. I am really not a chain restaurant type of person, nor a fast food person, though I have been told I must make an exception for In N Out. If you guys could help me, that would be great. Especially interested in any really good ethnic food.

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    1. Bumped by another foodie geek!

      Celtic, this will be my third BlizzCon, but I've yet to be brave enough to venture too far from the convention center, as my last two trips were short and we had no transportation. As a result, the food options were either bleh or typical chain restaurants. (I'm not ashamed to say that I enjoy Outback, but I know there's better fare to be had.)

      This year, I'm going for a whole week, we will have a car, and there will be seven of us; so I'm definitely planning on branching out.

      I agree completely with those who suggested you go to an In-N-Out. It's a transcendent greasy burger experience; and I've already made it clear to the others in my party that it will probably be the first place we go after landing in LA.

      But as for other places to eat; I too would love to go to some great locals places. I like just about everything, but especially Mexican, Brunch food, and Asian, especially Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, etc.

      Any suggestions from the foodies here would be greatly appreciated!

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      1. re: cardiak

        Vietnamese and some Korean (the convention centre is across the street from Disneyland): -- my first choice would be Vien Dong, followed by Xanh.
        In addition, try Vietnamese coconut-based desserts at "Thach Che Hien Khanh" on Westminster Blvd. between Bushard and Brookhurst, or get Vietnamese sandwiches at any of the Banh Mi Che Cali locations (closest to Disneyland is on Brookhurst just south of the 22). $2.25-$2.50 each, but buy two and get the third free. Also excellent is Nhu Lan Bakery, on the SE corner of Garden Grove Blvd. and Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove.

        Thai Nakorn on Chapman and Beach in the city of Stanton
        Bangkok Taste on Grand Ave. about 100 yards south of the 22 freeway, in Santa Ana.

        Jagerhaus Restaurant on Ball Road and the 57 freeway in Anaheim.
        Phoenix Club on Phoenix Club Drive (near Ball and the 57) in Anaheim.
        Hawaiian brunch at Chomp Sushi on Commonwealth and Pomona in Fullerton (avoid going otherwise).
        Taco Rosa (a few locations, Newport Beach is probably the best
        )Dim sum at Seafood Paradise in Westminster (or if you want to surprise your co-travellers with dim sum in bed, you can get pretty good and very cheap takeout dim sum at the large Yum Cha Cafe booth in the Thuan Phat market ("Sieu Thi Thuan Phat") on Westminster Ave. just west of Brookhurst St.

        Mariscos Puerto Esperanza on Taft Ave. and Tustin Ave. in the City of Orange.
        El Rincon Chilango on 17th Street just east of Bristol St. in Santa Ana.
        For a taco table type experience, El Farolito Jr. on East St. and the 91 Fwy. in Anaheim.
        For fish tacos, El Taco Nazo, on Beach Blvd. just south of La Habra Blvd. -- and yes, it is 100% WORTH the drive.

        Fortunately there is an In-N-Out directly off the end of the north runway at LAX, on the split between Sepulveda Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. in the Westchester district.

        1. re: cardiak

          Here, I made a Chow List for Little Saigon. Complete it isn't, but it will just have to be a work in progress.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Great list Das. As for the Bahn Mi Che Cali on Brookhurst in Westminster, I had a recent shocking experience. Last week, the woman at the counter actually read back my order to me AND asked if I wanted everything in the sandwiches or on the side. This may have been just a one time fluke. Or it could be due to the fact that I'm usually the only white guy there, my attempts to order in vietnamese are laughable, and last time they mistakenly gave me 3 dac biets instead of a thit nuong, ga, and a xiu mai

            1. re: I got nothin

              I wonder if someone put soma in the HVAC system. That's unheard of. Was it busy??

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Not too busy, but definitely not slow either. It was around 11am last friday. Probably about 5 people in front of me (not counting the 2 or 3 elderly men or women who cut in line to buy loaves of bread) and 3 or 4 people behind me in something that resembled a line.

                1. re: I got nothin

                  Thanks a lot for the suggestions guys! I'm making a google spreadsheet for easy reference. :)

                  And Das Ubergeek, would you recommend the beef pho at Vien Dong or Xanh? I like a lot of Vietnamese, but beef pho is what I almost always want when I go to a new place.

                  And sorry to trouble you guys for more info, but one of my buddies in my group was asking if there's a good African place; and another was asking for Indian. Any suggestions?

                  1. re: cardiak

                    They don't serve pho at Xanh -or- Vien Dong. For pho, go to Pho Thanh Lich or Pho 79. Branch out -- get bun cha Ha Noi or cha ca Thanh Long at Vien Dong (and make sure to get the spring rolls -- cha gio/nem ran), and get anything that strikes your fancy at Xanh.

                    Indian, I guess my recommendation is Haveli in Tustin, but if you can make it out to Artesia, you will be in the centre of all the Indian stuff. I would recommend Tirupathi Bhimas and Jay Bharat.

                    African: a very good Ethiopian place on La Palma Ave. on the border of Anaheim and Buena Park called Tana. Next door is a place that serves Kenyan cuisine, but I haven't been (it's new).

                    Tirupathi Bhimas
                    18792 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                    Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market
                    2622 W La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

                    Jay Bharat
                    18701 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

                    Haveli Fine Indian Cuisine
                    13882 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

                    Kenyan Cuisine
                    2626 W La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801

          2. re: cardiak

            Ah, was my geekiness that transparent?


            It is my first Blizzcon! InNOut is on the list; I have been told that even a fast food hater like me has to do it.

            1. re: celtic_tiger

              Hehe, well, considering that I was going to craft a post that looked almost exactly like yours, I'm not so sure that you were transparent so much as I saw all the similarities and made an edumacated guesstimation.

              I'm not sure if they're going to make strides in their convention food offerings, but the first BlizzCon I attended, I ate some of the food they were selling there, and it was awful.

              Last year, I saw a couple people with some tacos that didn't look terrible. (They were the mexican, not tex-mex, type, with soft corn tortillas and a meat mixture filling; as opposed to the lettuce, cheese, tomato, etc, in a tex-mex type)

              I still declined. I had Subway one day (was bleh, with a line out the door full of blizzcon nerds) and some tex-mex at "Alerto's" (which I guess is a chain that is not in my neck of the woods) the other day.

              Despite the mediocrity of that food, it was much better than the crappy stadiumesque overpriced garbage I had the first Blizzcon.

              1. re: cardiak

                The one and only thing worth ordering at Alerto's (on Katella and Harbor) is a HALF order of carne asada (or carnitas) nachos.

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