Experimentation and newness are the necessary spice of life. While it is comforting and low risk to eat at your old favorite restaurants over and over or stay in cook in your elegant Anaheim apartment, if you do decide to go out and try something new, you can start with these five hot and happening restaurants in Anaheim.
If you are inclined to take the Asian route, this brand new Shanghainese fusion restaurant has a lot of promise — fresh Dim Sum prepared in-house with 18 taps of Anaheim-brewed beers in a modern, open kitchen layout with indoor and outdoor seating. Located in front of the Packing House against an Astro turf park in downtown Anaheim, 18 Folds is affordable and low-key. Har gow, shrimp dumpling sticks, siu mai, shrimp fried rice and sticky rice in lotus leaf are big hits.
Anaheim White House Restaurant
The old White House burned down in 2017 and underwent a $2.5 million restoration. The inside of this renovated Italian steak house and seafood restaurant mirrors a Roman villa and features the bar in the balcony facing Disneyland and fireworks. The establishment is notable for its charity work of feeding over 3500 hundred impoverished children every night in multiple locations — a service it sustained even during the 15-month closure and rebuilding period by preparing meals in kitchens of other restaurants and a church. The charity — Caterina’s Club — honors chef-and-owner Bruno Serato’s mother.
Mangal by Aleppo’s Kitchen
For a Middle Eastern adventure, try this Syrian fare offering tasty fresh food with generous servings and a friendly staff. Lemon mint and chicken shawarma are incredible. Great options like falafel, stuffed grape leaves and creamy baba ganoush will delight any vegetarian.
Promenade Pub & Café
This casual pub is created by the couple that also owns Colony Wine Merchant. Promenade offers flavorful salads, sandwiches, snacks and 20 tap beers from Orange County breweries in a warm setting with affordable prices and two bathrooms.
House of Chimney Cakes
Dinner is not complete without a robust dessert. If you have ever wondered what a chimney cake is, here is your opportunity to find out without taking a trip to Europe. A kurtoskalacs or a chimney cake is Hungary’s official dessert. Check it out along with other delighting creations in this dessert shop. Matcha monster, dole whip and others from the big collection of signature offerings are delicious and Instagram worthy.
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