10 Essential Buena Park Restaurants

Edwin Goei
How you should be eating Knott's fried chicken.
To tourists, if Anaheim is New York, Buena Park is Chicago: Orange County's second city, the one they go to after they've exhausted all that Disney has to offer. But to locals, Buena Park is more than just the territory of Knott's and knights; it's also the home of a burgeoning Korean population and thus, excellent food.

Still, Knott's and Medieval Times did make this list of your humble food scribe's 10 essential Buena Park eateries.

What's yours? Share them in the comments so that any tourists who read this can make the most of their visit, won't you?

Aji Limon

Todd Barnes
Not the saltado, but still great!

Aji Limon might be the first restaurant in the county to completely embrace chifa cuisine (Chinese-Peruvian dishes) as its specialty. Its roster is dotted with more than a few Chinese dishes of the kind you might find on Capón Street, Lima's Chinatown. But its saltado is one against which to measure all others, the best amalgamation of the Chinese and the Latin as only the hot crucible of a wok can forge--neither too soupy nor too greasy and every bit the diplomatic ambassador of chifa to OC as the restaurant is its temple.

Athenian #3

Gustavo Arellano
Good morning burrito!

Athenian #3 didn't invent the breakfast burrito, but it produces what is perhaps the best breakfast burrito in Southern California. There are nine different preparations, the folds of the tortilla holding back everything from chorizo to Polish sausage to bacon to ham to even chili. Your chosen meat is then joined with fluffy egg, crispy hash brown, gobs of cheese, all tucked into a perfectly gridled tortilla that feels like a brick in your hand but heaven in your mouth.


Edwin Goei

The first question you will ask yourself passing by this branch of Cocohodo is "What the heck is a Cocohodo?" The second question you will ask yourself when you find out they sell walnut pastries is "What the heck is a walnut pastry?" Soon you find out that Cocohodo is Korean purveyor of hodo gwaja, the walnut pastry in question. Hodo gwaja is, in fact, uncannily shaped like a walnut; but for all intents, it's just a bite-sized version of a Japanese taiyaki with a walnut morsel embedded in the azuki paste filling. Since it's as big as a donut hole, you can fit one in your mouth. Doing this, however, is very stupid idea. When a hodo gwaja is just freshly made, formed in a walnut-shaped waffle press, the azuki will be a scalding, sticky equivalent of red hot lava. Wrapped up in tissue paper and boxed up like precious truffles, you wouldn't think they'd be such a first-degree burn hazard, but be warned! Eat them. Enjoy them. But bite into them carefully, blowing to cool it off.

Location Info

Aji Limon

7035 Lincoln Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Athenian III

8511 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Han Yang

7152 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Mrs. Knott's Chicken-to-Go

8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

Category: General


8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Surah Korean Restaurant

5333 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Wako Honey Pig

7212 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

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