(credit: The Ranch)

(credit: The Ranch)


Home to Disneyland and Angel Stadium, Anaheim is so much more than just well-known tourist attractions. There is a thriving culinary community emerging in this bustling Orange County city that is impossible to ignore. Come explore some of the best dishes Anaheim has to offer as we spotlight local favorites and promising new arrivals throughout the area.
(credit: Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion)

(credit: Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion)


Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
321 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-7697
www.roysrestaurant.com

Known for its unique and creative dishes, the internationally-acclaimed Roy’s Restaurant takes guests on a “sensational adventure in bold flavors, and its sincere and engaging hospitality that is a welcome escape from ordinary dining experiences.) Inspired by Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s roots, Roy’s Restaurant promises to blend delicious flavors with Hawaiian spirit, and an “aloha” attitude. One of the restaurant’s most popular dishes is Roy’s Trio which includes the Hibachi Grilled Salmon with Japanese Citrus Ponzu Sauce, Misoyaki “Butterfish” (Alaskan Black Cod) plated with Baby Bok Choy and Furikake Rice, and Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.

(credit: Anaheim Packing House)

(credit: Anaheim Packing House)


Anaheim Packing House
440 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 533-7225
www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com

What once was the home to Sunkist’s citrus packing house in 1919, is now a two level foodie haven featuring a large central atrium with communal dining surrounded by innovate culinary purveyors. Enjoy a variety of tastes, from flavorful international cuisine and down-home southern comfort fare to artisan coffee and handcrafted desserts with this progressive dining experience. Located in downtown Anaheim, foodies travel from all over Orange County to visit the “carefully curated food hall reminiscent of the great public markets of South America and Europe.”

(credit: Pour Vida Latin Flavor)

(credit: Pour Vida Latin Flavor)


Pour Vida Latin Flavor
185 W. Center Street Promenade
Anaheim, CA 92805
(949) 338-2806
www.pourvidalatinflavor.com

Celebrity Chef, Jimmy Martinez is opening up his first brick-and-morter this month on Anaheim’s hip Center St Promenade. Once executive chef at the private 41 Ocean Club and former chef of BOA Steakhouse Santa Monica, Martinez’s concept is now focusing heavily on his Puerto Rican and Mexican roots. He is bringing hand-crafted tacos to Anaheim by making three types of tortillas in-house, one for land, sea and garden (think squid ink tortilla for sea and spinach for garden.) This classically trained chef plans to make quality food without the hefty price tag.

(credit: Healthy Junk)

(credit: Healthy Junk)


Healthy Junk
201 W Center Street Promenade
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 772-5865
www.thehealthyjunk.com

The only vegan restaurant in all of Anaheim, Healthy Junk prepares all your favorite comfort food (burgers, pizza, wings, fish n’ chips) sans meat and gluten-free when possible. Despite being meatless, many call the Anaheim Chili-Pepper Burger with crispy Anaheim chili at Healthy Junk the very best burger in all of Orange County, while others won’t stop raving about the Philly Chez Stake with sauteed onions and melted “chez.” Healthy Junk also is home of Junk Bar, which serves a nice selection of vegan beers and organic wines. Both bar and restaurant are housed in the cool cafeteria concept open-air facility or the “Good Food Court.”

(credit: Cory Doctorow / Creative Commons)

(credit: Cory Doctorow / Creative Commons)


Napa Rose
1313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 635-2300
www.disneyland.com

Located in the craftsmen-style Disney Grand Californian Resort & Spa, Napa Rose is perfect spot for celebrating a special-occasion or just looking to dine on great food. The menu is updated regularly which allows the focus to be on innovative farm-to-table fare, and seasonal ingredients inspired by Napa wine country. To enhance the overall dining experience, allow one of Napa Rose’s in-house sommeliers assist in suggesting the perfect wine pairing while enjoying the prix fixe tasting menu at the chef’s counter, or for a quick taste or late night snack, head to the Napa Rose lounge for vino and bites.

(credit: The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon)

(credit: The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon)


The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
1025 E Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 817-4200
www.theranch.com

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon features true American regional cuisine, with dishes are prepared from scratch using the finest ingredients possible from their farm located on The Edwards Ranch Estates in Orange County. Capturing the rustic style of wine country, the pre-concert menu features classics like Black Angus Prime Rib and Skuna Bay Craft Raised Salmon served with cauliflower, Castelvetrano olives, Fregola sarda, and Tangerine Nage. After dessert, head over to the saloon, where you can quench your thirst with a selection of hand-crafted beers and farm crafted cocktails, followed by line dancing and live entertainment from local country bands. Cowboy boots optional.

(credit: Creative Commons)

(credit: Creative Commons)


Thuyen Vien
1740 S. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 490-0242
thuyenvien.weebly.com

This vegetarian and vegan-friendly Vietnamese restaurant combines innovative and uncommon fare featuring dishes such as banana flower tacos and garlic “chicken.” Sure to please even the most discerning palates, a nice introduction to Vietnamese cuisine is the CƠM HẾN Energy Bowl. This vegetable-rice bowl is served with an “abundance of vegetables,” fresh lettuce, mint, sliced carrots, apple, green berry root, tofu, seaweed and sesame seed. For those a bit more adventurous, the RAU XÀO THẬP CẨM Buddha’s Feast is a foodie favorite amongst returning guests and can be prepared with soy beef, soy chicken, chow mein or chow fun.

(credit: Olive Tree)

(credit: Olive Tree)


Olive Tree
512 S Brookhurst St #3
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 535-2878

One of the city’s best kept secrets is Olive Tree in Anaheim’s Little Arabia district is known as a locals haven for authentic middle eastern cuisine. Hard-to-find dishes including Palestinian musakhand and Jordanian mansaf are on the menu as well as traditional middle eastern dishes like mouth-watering lamb shanks and chicken shawerma. The kebabs offered with the combination plates are beyond delicious made up of ground beef, lamb, chicken and vegetables, and the Mahashey (stuffed squash with eggplant inside grape leaves) is worth the visit alone.

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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