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Off to Disneyland for 5 days but other reason to travel is always to eat some real food authentic to the area. Thinking about renting a car. Looking for fun, unique establishments. Like the idea of Roscoes, something mexican, burger joints, diners, anything good...

Thank you for your recs. Will the traffic annoy me if I am looking for a evening drive to these spots?

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  1. Here's a fairly recent post to get you started:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/683644 | What is the quintesential SoCal ....

    And here are the search results for Disneyland, a frequent topic here:

    1. Hey, jahvey!

      The following recent threads will provide you with a good starting point:



      In addition, here’s a shout out to several very worthy, but lesser mentioned, nearby eats:

      1580 S Disneyland Dr
      Anaheim, CA 92802
      (714) 774-4442
      Located in Downtown Disney, Catal is part of the Patina Group owned by Joachim Splichal. The menu is eclectic, yet with a decided Mediterranean influence. The paella and the rack of lamb are excellent choices. Nice ambiance. Great service. Second only to Napa Rose as my favorite Downtown Disney dining destination.

      2525 E. Ball Road
      Anaheim, CA 92806
      (714) 520-9500
      Been goin’ for 25 years with nary a disappointment. Home-style German fare. Awesome breakfasts (Corned Beef Hash - housemade - some of the best, Stuttgarter Peach Pancakes, fresh-squeezed OJ). Delicious Braised Rabbit, Elk, Lamb Shank, Venison and Wild Boar. Superb Sauerkraut. Same location and ownership for almost 40 years. Sandy, the owner is a real sweetheart and very cordial.

      Mas’ Islamic Restaurant
      601 E. Orangethorpe Ave
      Anaheim, CA 92801
      (714) 446-9553
      Great Muslim style Chinese cuisine. The sesame bread is a must (you’ll have enough to take home). The soups are generous and extremely well prepared. I’m a real fan of their mutton haslets stew in a delectable white broth with handmade flat noodles. One bowl serves two. A highly recommended dining venue.

      Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: degustateur

        I've always had a very good experience at Catal.

        Jagerhaus is casual...and tasty.

        2525 E Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92806

        1. re: degustateur

          This is absolutely great, thanks a lot, as I too will be heading to the area later this year.

          Has anyone tried the Schweinhoxen/roasted ham hock at Jagerhaus? I'm already eyeing that one for dinner! Mas' sounds like another good contender too.

          1. re: K K

            Hey, K K!

            Jagerhaus serves up a decent schweinehaxen, however, I had one there recently that was decidedly overdone. It was hardened on the outside and overly dry inside. I only enjoyed a few good bites and didn’t finish it. This was definitely not the norm, therefore excusable.

            I love schweinehaxen but, when I need my fix, I’ve found a worthy alternative in the crispy pata served at some Filipino restaurants. Crispy pata is twice-fried pork knuckle that is sinfully crispy on the outside, tender and juicy inside. Magic Wok’s in Artesia is the best I’ve had by far, and it is very consistent. In five years, I have never had one that was anything short of outstanding – cooked to order, perfectly light and crunchy outside, moist and tender inside with great flavor. As with traditional schweinehaxen, there are no extraneous seasonings.

            Magic Wok
            11869 Artesia Blvd.
            Artesia, CA 90701
            (562) 865-7340

            Although I haven’t been yet, I understand that Fiesta Sa Barrio in LA also puts out a great crispy pata. In addition, the ambience there is reputedly a bit more upscale than at Magic Wok, a small family style café/takeout joint.

            Fiesta Sa Barrio
            4326 Eagle Rock Blvd.
            Los Angeles, CA 90041
            (323) 256-4380

        2. YOu might want to try a Korean restaurant, Buena Park isn't too far and there are some upscale ones there. I like Surah.

          1. This thread on dining near Knotts also applies, though I would go to the Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove and not the Stanton one if I were at the Mouse House.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/725171. The Ethiopian suggestions are well worth the visit.

            Thai Nakorn Restaurant
            12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

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            1. re: ocshooter

              For Knott's I would go to Park Ave.

            2. Downtown Disney has ridiculous prices, however good the food is.

              1. "Will the traffic annoy me if I am looking for a evening drive to these spots?"

                Not if you know you're heading for a good meal.

                A bit of a drive but still within shouting distance: (1) Portillo's, the high-quality Chicago chain, for excellent hot dogs and decent Italian Beef. The Chocolate Cake Shake is a worthy dessert. (2) Blake's Place, my favorite Orange County stop for BBQ -- very good brisket and pulled pork, more than decent chicken, excellent sweet, non-mushy corn-on-the cob in season, and good salads, too.

                Portillo's Hot Dogs
                8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

                Blake's Place
                2905 E Miraloma Ave, Anaheim, CA