Anaheim is one of the most visited towns in the United States, but there is more to the area than just theme parks. Great cheap, local eats are plentiful near Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm if you know where to look. Here are our picks for the 7 best casual restaurants near Disneyland.
Near the Park Burgers and Island Flavor
Glee Donuts and Burgers is one of the best places to experience the classic combination of donuts and sweet Vietnamese coffee as well as a soft shell crab burger. Matiki Island BBQ is one of the best authentic Hawaiian smoke-shacks on the mainland. Right at Disney’s door is OC Tasty Chicken and Banh Mi. They offer excellent Vietnamese sandwiches with organic chicken.
Orange County Tamales and Burritos
While you’re in Orange County, you should make time to experience two of America’s best ethnic food boroughs, each are only a few miles from the theme park. First, in Santa Ana, you can find some of the best Mexican in the country, for corn based plates, go to Sariñana’s Tamale Factory, if you prefer flour tortillas, check out Burritos La Palma.
Westminster Korean and Vietnamese Influence
Finally, out in Westminster there are cultural influences of Korean, Chinese, and most prominently, Vietnamese immigrants. Grab a bag of crunchy, golden Vietnamese egg rolls at Phuc Loc Food to Go. Don’t you dare leave Southern California without trying a Chinese beef roll. Peking Restaurant does them better than anyone. Note that each of these restaurants is in a strip mall. Be prepared to circle some treacherous parking lots.
Glee Donuts and Burgers does both with gusto & with fun twists on each. You can get a simple burger, classic donut, or something utterly original.