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Hipster Trifecta Of Eats Now Open In Downtown Anaheim


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Anne Marie Panoringan
118 Degrees

Center Street is evolving its downtown digs in similar fashion as The LAB and CAMP in Costa Mesa, SanTana's Artist Village and downtown Fullerton. With three new eateries opening in the last month, we cannot ignore their climb to hipster neighborhood status.

First stop: Jenny Ross' 118 Degrees Community Cafe, which launched their second spot at the end of July. This branch is less table service, more take-out meals. Her raw vegan cuisine as vibrant and wholesome as ever, with lunch favorites like fried avocado rolled tacos and savory baja burritos for diners looking to cleanse from the inside out.

Healthy Junk launched last month across the street, getting a head start with their vegan fare inside the GOOD FOOD Hall. Crunchy baked kale chips and tempeh meat substitutes add texture to a menu chock full of greens, snacks and buns with junk (their words, not ours).

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Gypsy Den Facebook page

Last, but definitely not least, another Costa Mesa brand swims further upstream as Gypsy Den celebrated their first day last Friday, serving free coffee to content hipsters everywhere. The alt cafe where, as we wrote so long ago, "nose-pierced babes woo scruffy-bearded grad students with promises of Foucault and vegetarian chili" creates a vibe at their end of the street. Damn, us Forkers give great quotes!

118 Degrees Community Cafe, 185 W. Center St. Promenade, (714) 772-2695; www.118degrees.com; Healthy Junk, 201 Center St. Promenade, Unit B, (714) 772-5865; Facebook page; The Gypsy Den, 211 W. Center St. Promenade, (714) 956-4400; www.gypsyden.com.

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Location Info

118 Degrees

185 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA

Category: Restaurant

The Gypsy Den

211 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA

Category: General

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9 comments
Janis Cortese
Janis Cortese

I've lived here for a while; the foot traffic is actually noticeably larger -- and that's up from ZERO in the very recent past. It's getting better, but it'll take a bit of time. I'm happy to have really great dining options nearby and optimistic. As more shops open, things should get better.

angelabaca
angelabaca

@nickbogardus @OCWeekly I live w/i one block of all these restaurants and there's STILL nowhere for me to eat.

Estrank
Estrank

LA can smoke my junk.

Samantzin Molina
Samantzin Molina

Too bad there's no foot traffic, and not enough local shops to keep the interest. Perhaps if all of the stores at the bottom of the Broadway Arms lofts would be rented out to starting businesses with a subsidized lease which would be paid back later ... then there would be reasons for people to visit. And I mean stores owned and run by Anaheim residents, not by the LAB (A corporation).

Nabil Nathie
Nabil Nathie

Anaheim will never be LA no matter how hard they try. :)

MimsyYamaguchi
MimsyYamaguchi

@OCWeeklyFood Hipster Trifecta Of Eats Now Open In Anaheim-If Anaheim is Lousy With Hipsters,I will avoid it Echo Park and Silver Lake.

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