10 Great Restaurants to Try Near The Disneyland Resort

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Yep, this but worse

Now that Show Your Disney Side is officially going on, I have some bad news for you guys: The parks are (and are going to stay) super crowded. The lines are going to be worse than ever, the crowds are going to be super dense, and even if you show up at 3 in the morning, I'm pretty sure you're going to run into some traffic.

Disneyland has some pretty awesome food, but today (and tomorrow) is not the time to try it. Give the cast members a break, head off the resort to try some food, because there's a lot of good food vaguely near Disneyland.

In no particular order, here are 10 great restaurants to try near(ish) the Disneyland Resort.

Joe's Italian Ice (Anaheim/Garden Grove)

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Quaint!

There's a fair share of Italian Ice/Custard places around Orange County now, but none of them command as much respect as Joe's, the lonely little hut just outside of the Disneyland Resort area. Joe's is the great uniter, drawing basically every Orange County demographic to its windows. Redevelopment and eminent domain be damned, Joe's will (or at least should) live forever.

Now, to better describe it, the words of the our chief Mexican himself:

This summer hasn't exactly been scorching (knock on bark beetle-infested wood), so I've yet to trek to Joe's Italian Ice on a sweltering night with central Orange County's eternal heat-beater question: what should I eat at Joe's Italian Ice?

Do I want a cup of Italian ice, with flavors that spread as quickly as the ice melts exposed to the heat that slowly leaves the asphalt river that is Harbor Boulevard? Do I order a cone of soft-serve ice cream, or go for the velvety orange cream, tasting of Orange Bang! fake-citrus glory? Do I combine both in a Joe Latti? Or screw the Philly stylings of Joe's and go for a sundae?

Everything works at Joe's, but the trick is to visit at night, when the different tribes of the regions congregate: tourists done with a day at Disneyland, convention-goers looking to brain-freeze their way out of meeting stupors; Viets, Mexis, gabachos, old, young, cholos, hipsters, all looking for some relief from summer's ceaseless bake.


Thai Nakorn (Garden Grove)
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It's big on the inside!

Thai Nakorn might be geographically kind of far from the parks, but at just a 10-minute drive, it's a hell of a lot quicker than waiting in the capacity lines for turkey legs.

Also, it's some of the best Thai food you can get in Orange County. The pad thai ('cause I know all of you want to know about it) is fresh and bright, served hot and delicious with peanuts, sugar, and chili flakes on the side so you can season to your own palate. The chicken in the curries is some of the most succulent, well-cooked chicken I've ever had in Thai food. The first time I bit into it, my eyes momentarily widened as my brain scrambled to figure out what was going on (this has only happened two other times).

Yes, when you drive up it might look a little deserted (I'm pretty sure the parking lot isn't big enough to fill the dining room), but the food is great, so eat up.

The Globe (Garden Grove)


For a bit, the Globe had a little bit of a service problem. The food was good, but would take forever to come out. Thankfully, after changing chef's, everything is now quick and tasty.

But while the food is good, the best thing about the Globe is the beer. There, you'll find one of the best selections of Belgians in Orange County, as well as the wonderful Chimay Challenge. It's a fun one (as you can see above), so ditch the kids for a little bit and take the drive down to Garden Grove.

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51 comments
lonhall
lonhall

10 restaurants. 0 addresses.

alex9319
alex9319

Where are the vegetarian/vegan options? There are some great ones in Anaheim and Garden Grove...

FloodOfBlood
FloodOfBlood

Tulsa Rib company rules!  They got the best ribs.

Ray Kepper
Ray Kepper

I have an idea...BOYCOTT DISNEY and their stupid high costs and just go eat & have fun with your family/friends elsewhere!! And still come out ahead!!!

Ray Kepper
Ray Kepper

Who can afford Disney?! Stupid price to get in! For what...3 rides! And that's only 1 park!

Hillary Iniguez
Hillary Iniguez

Vidalia Arellano a hahahahahahhaa I know all of them

Vidalia Arellano
Vidalia Arellano

I read "10 restaurants to try with Hillary Iniguez because it's by her house"

Molly Jane Quirk
Molly Jane Quirk

Yep you guys missed The Pizza Press. Literally right across the street from Disney on Harbor. Great customized pizza and beer selection. If you're at the park and don't feel like paying $10 for a beer, take a 5 min walk over! So good http://www.thepizzapress.com

Justin Pla
Justin Pla

Bull shit where's the the pizza press

Marco Salgado
Marco Salgado

My chorizo con papas burritos I nake at home.

johnny_automatic
johnny_automatic

Such a shame Chapman burned down Hassan's so they could get the land.

Guccii Man
Guccii Man

Roscoes chicken and waffles if they ever open.

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

Who can afford food after D'land?

Johnny Keller
Johnny Keller

El Taco on Euclid, the quesadillas are bomb! Can't go wrong with Mexi-Casa, feed a family of 6 for under $30. That includes drinks for the kids and a pitcher of beer!

Karen Alam
Karen Alam

There is a corn dog stand that hides in the park, if you can find it... it's rated one of the best ;-) no lie.

Bob Knoll
Bob Knoll

go to Tiffy's west and kattely

Insomnio Somnolence
Insomnio Somnolence

Chitlins y'all better pack it in don't ask for anything when were inside don't you chuck it out on a ride lol

Eva Hu
Eva Hu

Steven Hargrove, Danny Sanchez

Sun King
Sun King

Didn't Know There Was A Pre or Post Snack...Go Figure.

Jim Cole
Jim Cole

None, since there will be no money left after buying those ridiculously high-priced tickets!

Anthoni Le
Anthoni Le

If spending a day at Disneyland makes you claim to go broke to not have money for life essentials... Uh, maybe making better choices in life? Such as NOT choosing to go to Disneyland before addressing the important basic needs. Some people are just so sad with stupidity.

Samson Collins
Samson Collins

Cafe 93 on Katella between Euclid and Brookhurst... Bulgogi tacos and milk teas with various types of boba

gnarchild
gnarchild

Linx Sucks, as does their name. How original You spelled it with an 'X' at the end…wow. The food is WAY overdone. Too much going on, too many flavors that don't go together. Very sloppy. Want a REAL sausage restaurant go to Wustkuche in downtown LA. 

Mark Anthony Furtado
Mark Anthony Furtado

a snack at disneyland is $100 ( lol) better off stamping the hand and going to del taco . 59 cent tacos . thats one way 2 burn disneyland

Scott Nelson
Scott Nelson

After a day at Disneyland, I don't have any money left for a snack. Or groceries for the rest of the week, for that matter.

Alvin Duran
Alvin Duran

Smoking a bowl in the parking structure

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