10 Essential Buena Park Restaurants

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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

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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

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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.

Cocohodo

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Edwin Goei
Mmm...bite-sized!

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

Portillo's

8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant

Surah Korean Restaurant

5333 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA

Category: General

Wako Honey Pig

7212 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant


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37 comments
Joe Hrkel
Joe Hrkel

How many dogs were killed to write this article?

Joe Aguilar
Joe Aguilar

Still trying to push that shitty Knott's chicken, huh OC Weekly? Smh..

Tom Nhat Tran
Tom Nhat Tran

Alexandra Nguyen Buena Park + Food. Let's go to every one of these

Brian Gregg
Brian Gregg

burgeoning def: begin to grow or increase rapidly. I guess you haven't been in Buena Park for the last 15 years, especially the Los Coyotes area.

Guccii Man
Guccii Man

Knotts berry farm chicken sucks now.

Stoli Oropeza
Stoli Oropeza

There's great middle eastern spots in that area. Hawaiian BBQ is great too!

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

Knott's chicken?? My husband and I had that once. We were pretty messed up and would have probably had just about anything but that just horrid. just horrible food. Anything would have been better. :-( Thumbs down review....

Sandi Gail
Sandi Gail

I wouldnt recommend knotts berry farm rib place. Expensive and yuk.

Steve Manciet
Steve Manciet

Buena Park has dinning that isn't fast food???? who knew??

Julie Pusateri
Julie Pusateri

Portillos. Coming from Chicago this is my oasis.

Erin Leon
Erin Leon

See Ryan Rettew knotts chicken is great ;)

moosington
moosington

Portillo's is food of the craving kind. The Chocolate Cake Shake is amazing, but I cringe at the thought of someone being able to finish a large. It might make a healthy adult require an insulin injection. 

MikeHs
MikeHs

I like the Philly's Best across the street from Portillo's. Oh, and Paul's Place at Knott at Orangethorpe - just a fun place to go to.

Madison Price
Madison Price

Erica Becerril I had one last weekend!!!!! Hahaha

Joe Aguilar
Joe Aguilar

I thought the mashed potatoes had a weird aftertaste, too. I honestly couldn't eat more than a bite of the mashed potatoes and one piece of chicken. The first sign that things have gone downhill should have been the fact they don't even place their own jelly on the table anymore. It was Smuckers jelly instead. I should have got up and left right then!

Richie Carrillo
Richie Carrillo

Avoid Knotts Chicken Dinner restaurant at all costs. Used to be good but now it's salty and terrible. Gravy is runny, you can wring the oil out of the chicken and the biscuits have a weird aftertaste. I wouldn't even feed my dog out leftovers and he eats everything! Rudy J Gonzales

Joe Aguilar
Joe Aguilar

When did the writer last eat Knott's chicken because I was just there a few weeks ago and it's gone to shit! Nowhere near as good as it used to be years ago.. I wouldn't even say it's mediocre!

David Tanaka
David Tanaka

I have lived in BP since 91....there just isn't too much here food wise. Oh and IMHO fatburger blows monkey nuts.

Shannon Tiare
Shannon Tiare

Y'all forgot Namastey India but still a good list!

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Smuckers bought the Knott's brand.

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