Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen: Cajun Fare in Anaheim, California

Get a New Orleans experience with a trip to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Anaheim's Downtown Disney area. The French Quarter architecture of this fun eatery sets the tone, with an interior courtyard, informal ground floor dining at Jazz Kitchen Express and traditional dining upstairs. Get your groove on with live jazz at the Flambeaux jazz club inside the eatery.

The Express menu features a tasty array of New Orleans-style sandwiches and breakfast fare. Upstairs dining includes a Bourbon Street Sampler with popcorn calamari, coconut shrimp, Louisiana meat pies, crispy Parmesan artichoke hearts, & three dipping sauces. Entrees include Pasta Jambalaya with Gulf shrimp, andouille sausage, & roasted chicken, and BBQ Shrimp & Grits with New Orleans barbecue sauce, & andouille-parmesan grits.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
1590 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 776-5200

Punjabi Tandoor: Indian Cuisine From a Clay Oven

Punjabi Tandoor brings a taste of India to Anaheim with a large selection of curries and dishes cooked in a tandoor, or clay oven. The restaurant’s tandoori delicacies include chicken legs marinated in yogurt and spices and minced lamb with herbs and spices. The menu features more than 10 breads, which can come stuffed with cauliflower, potatoes, or cheese. The restaurant cooks its naan bread in the tandoor too.

Along with its traditional dishes, Punjabi Tandoor also offers a variety of vegetarian dishes. And you can enjoy all of these dishes without breaking the bank. Besides the combo for two, everything on the menu is under $15. Many dishes are even under $10.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and for dinner on Sundays. You can choose to enjoy your meal inside or on the patio.

Punjabi Tandoor
327 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 635-3155

Slater’s 50/50 Burgers: Half Bacon, Half Beef, 100% Delicious

At Slater’s 50/50 Burgers, Scott Slater and executive chef Brad Lyons give Anaheim residents an extra serving of protein with 50/50 burgers, which are made with 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef.

The burgers come with a variety of toppings including mashed avocado, sunny side up egg, and pineapple. You can also design it your way by picking the size, meat, bread, cheese, toppings, and sauce. Looking for something unique? Pick some of the more unique ingredients such as alligator andouille, Spam, or bacon-infused country gravy. If you aren’t in the mood for a beef/bacon hybrid, you can make a burger from fried chicken, turkey, portabella mushroom, or the meat of the month.

Wash your hearty bites down with a cold beer. Slater’s features more than 25 craft and local beers on tap and another more than 80 bottles. You can feel confident that your beer is good hands too. All of Slater’s servers are certified beer servers.

Slater’s 50/50 Burgers
6362 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anahein Hills, CA 92807
(714) 685-1103

The Lazy Dog Cafe: An Orange Spot for Eclectic Eats

A stop at The Lazy Dog Café in Orange, California will both lighten your spirits and fill your belly. Owner Chris Simms established this warm, comfortable restaurant to hearken back to family vacations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and chef Gabriel Calendo fills the plates with some of the area’s most eclectic comfort food. Regulars rave about the sandwiches—the albacore tuna is a hit, especially when paired with the spicy Cajun fries or sweet potato tater tots. Grilled chicken on focaccia is also excellent. If you’re looking for something heartier, the pasta carbonara is a gut-busting specialty. For an interesting example of the range of cuisine available, order the togarashi edamame—soybeans stir-fried in a spectacular blend of spices. It’s a strong and unique combination of flavors! On nice days, make sure to eat out on the spacious, comfortable patio.

The Lazy Dog Café
1623 W Katella Ave # 212
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 769-7020

Dive Into a New Dining Experience at Submarine Crab

Dive in to a unique dining experience at the Submarine Crab. This Cajun-influenced seafood restaurant in Garden Grove serves freshly caught fish, crab, and crawfish that's seasoned with savory, salty spices.

Come with a group of hungry friends or family and order one of the combos, and you’ll be transported to a true Southern crawfish boil. Your meal of crawfish, clams, crab, corn, potatoes, and sausage will arrive in a cast iron pot flavored with a spicy sauce and lemon juice. Not hungry enough for a crawfish boil? Order one of the many seafood platters, or try out a plate of wings and garlic noodles. Complete your meal with one of the many specialty teas and cocktails.

Don’t worry about getting your hands messy: At the end of your meal, your server will bring you a bubbling beaker of foaming soap and dry ice so you can wash your hands!

Submarine Crab
10130 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 534-9888

Have You Tried the Shawarma at The Genie Den?

“The Genie Den has granted my three wishes…1) great service 2) great food 3) great ambiance!” That’s the word of one regular Genie Den patron. Many other Yelp reviewers agree. The Genie Den has an ambiance that transports diners to the Middle East, and the eatery serves authentic and flavor-packed food that does the same. With family roots in Saudi Arabia, the owners create dishes with a distinct Gulf flavor that hearken back to old family recipes.

Freshly fried falafel with hummus, plump dolma, and tabouleh are favorite appetizers of regulars, but the real star of the menu is the shawarma, Yelp reviewers say. The roasted halal meat is juicy and delicately seasoned, carved off the spit, and packed into a pita sandwich stuffed full of hummus, pickles, tabouleh, tahini, and veggies.

Don’t leave without trying the homemade baklava, a light, flaky and sticky-sweet Mediterranean treat.

Genie Den
12531 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 636-8600

Foodies Will Have Fun Over Multi-Course Dinners at Playground 2.0

With a creative menu of tapas dishes and inventive theme dinners, Playground 2.0 is one of Santa Ana’s most standout eateries. This foodie favorite is perfect for your next date night or dinner out with friends, as it stylish atmosphere and in-demand dinners make it feel truly special.

Stop in to Playground 2.0 and discover what’s new at the exciting theme dinners, which often include meat-centric dishes using premium beef from around the world. At the Ultimate Steak Dinner, guests will enjoy multiple meat courses prepared by skilled chefs right in front of their eyes, creating an immersive dining experience that you won’t find anywhere else nearby. Some themed dinners center around seafood, while others, like the Trust Dinner Party, have no set theme, but rather a delicious mish-mash of dishes that somehow work perfectly together.

With exceptional wine pairings and desserts, you’re in for a wild ride at Playground 2.0.

Playground 2.0
220 E Fourth St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Veggie Grill: Delicious Vegan Fare

Vegetable lovers will delight at the Veggie Grill in Irvine. If you are apprehensive about vegetarian food this completely vegan restaurant will change your mind. The delicious, fresh, healthy food is sure to satisfy any meat lover or vegetarian alike. Try the All-American Stack, with grilled veggie steak, pickles, lettuce, tomato, crispy onion rings, and thousand island dressing. You'll feel like you're eating a pulled pork sandwich. Chicken lovers will rejoice in the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin' sandwich and Crispy Chickin' wings. Diners insist the soy-based based meat substitute tastes just like chicken. Pair your meal with one of the delicious sides like the Steamin' Kale or Vegan Mac and Cheese. If you're a vegetarian or just trying to eat a little healthier the Veggie Grill is sure to be a hit.

Veggie Grill
81 Fortune Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 727-9900

Try Tacos from a Truck at Los Reyes Del Elote

Love tacos? You’ll love them even more when you try the flavorful, authentic versions served at Los Reyes Del Elote, a popular food truck in Santa Ana. It’s easy to spot this colorful mobile eatery at its location on the corner of Main and Chestnut, and there’s lots of street parking in the area to make it even more convenient.

Regulars rave about Los Reyes Del Elote’s signature elote, a type of Mexican street corn served either on the cob or in a cup. The corn is topped with zesty spices and cheeses for maximum flavor. In addition to the elote, Los Reyes Del Elote offers tacos served on homemade tortillas with your choice of meats or seafood, torta sandwiches, and wet burritos smothered in delicious sauces.

Everything is available at ow prices that make this a great, portable lunch option when you’re on the go.

Los Reyes Del Elote
Corner of Main and Chestnut
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(949) 610-4226

Smoqued California Barbeque: Best Barbecue in Town

With a name like Smoqued California Barbeque you’d expect a place with a bit of a sense of humor. But the cooks take barbecue seriously. Be sure to bring your appetite when sampling one of Smoqued California’s feasts; the 420 Mac comes in a bucket filled with mac ‘n cheese, chili, cornbread, pork and bacon, along with a smattering of veggies and cheese. You can’t beat brunch at Smoqued California Barbeque. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and selected craft beer are offered at reduced prices. Unlike most brunch menus Smoqued California offers some substantial fare to go along with your drink of choice. Biscuits in country gravy come with your choice of sausage or bacon, while the eggs Benedict features smoked ham on an English muffin. Smoqued California even offers delicious desserts, including pecan pie and the hot apple skillet.

Smoqued California Barbeque
128 North Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-7427

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