Any Anahiem recommendations!?
- MinneapolisMiss Oct 3, 2010 10:37 AM
What would you recommend to someone traveling to Anaheim, CA for a week!? If anyone has any great local spots/meals that shouldn't be missed, it would be much appreciated! Thank you-
Ah, Miss Mpls., but this is Orange County. I think we have three restaurants total with any kind of dress code. Jeans and a blazer are about as fancy as this guy gets. :)
I assume you are staying near Disneyland, so here are a few nearby suggestions that are great and cheap, but some are real holes in the wall. Plunge forward anyway!
1. El Moctezuma #2, on Harbor Blvd. and Lampson, in the large shopping center, Garden Grove. It's Oaxacan food, a regional Mexican cuisine that relies on heavily-spiced (but not spicy) sauces, very rich flavours and the prices are very cheap. Stumble through the communications with the staff (some speak English, some don't, but it's worth the hassle, I promise). Don't miss the tamal oaxaqueño (add an ensalada de nopales, cactus paddle salad, to break up the richness). Get various moles if you like, or try one of the tlayudas, the REAL Mexican pizza with porky bean paste, shredded cheese, a little cabbage and your choice of meat.
Thai Nakorn is a great suggestion, though ns1 sent you to the one that's further away (there are two). The closer one to the resort area is on Garden Grove Blvd., one (or maybe two) signal east of Harbor Blvd., just east of Palm St. You can order "normal" Thai food but then why bother? Go for the specials on the first page of the menu. All outstanding, and you can customise the heat to your desire.
Breakfast at Jägerhaus, on Ball Rd. and the 57 freeway in Anaheim. It's a German restaurant done up in lace-and-cuckoo-clock chic, and the breakfasts are outstanding. Make sure someone in your party gets toast so you can ask for the homemade plum jam.
Head inland a little bit to Brookhurst St. just north of Orange St. and go to Olive Tree (512 S. Brookhurst, I think). It's a Middle Eastern—Palestinian, specifically—restaurant that is far and away the best in OC. Make sure to ask what the specials of the day are, and ask them what they contain ("oh, it's maglooba today!" "sounds great... uh, what's maglooba?"). Portions are shockingly large so share meals. Save room to head next door to Forn al-Hara and get phyllo pastry stuffed with sweet pastry cream.
Finally, for Mexico City-style food that's at once familiar and exotic, head to Los Chilangos on Lincoln west of Euclid in Anaheim. It's a little hidden away, so get the address and look carefully. It's not much of a place—a few wooden booths along a wall and a tiled counter—but the food is excellent. Get quesadillas with flor de calabaza (stewed squash blossoms) or with huitlacoche (a kind of mushroom that grows on corn, very earthy and inky), get a pambazo (like French toast, but dipped in chile sauce instead of batter, and then wrapped around potatoes and chorizo), get whatever looks good to you.
Sorry, there are so many more but I am very jetlagged. I hope you'll eat well. :)
Thai Nakorn Restaurant
12532 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843
El Moctezuma Restaurant
809 N Fairview St, Santa Ana, CA 92703
512 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804
1830 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801
What part of Anaheim will you be in? West Anaheim and the resort area has lots of Mexican choices as well as the major chain restaurants. East Anaheim is a little more diverse with lots of great Asian places.
Blake's ( www.blakesplacebbq.com ), a very good BBQ place in a non-chic, non-'hood, clean and modern industrial-park location between Orangethorpe and the 91 freeway. Tender brisket, oddly firm but very tasty pulled pork, and other well-smoked items, surprisingly good salad selection, and a pleasantly arranged room where you can relax, watch a game on one of the several TVs, and flirt with cute young waitresses. (I don't remember the waiters, MinneapolisMiss.) Blake's is one of those "great [hidden] local spots" that a certain kind of local civilian overlooks in his lazy rush to wolf down adult baby food at some corporate square or designer beach.