Anaheim, the second-largest city in Orange County, is well-known for being home to the Disneyland Resort and many other family-fun attractions. What many individuals don’t realize, however, is that Anaheim also boasts a distinct local culture and hidden gems. Food plays a large role in cultural identity, and it also serves as an essential tool for bringing communities together.

Hungry in Anaheim? Our team at Beachwood Apartments has some outstanding recommendations for local restaurants you should support.

The RANCH Restaurant

Located at 1025 E. Ball Road, The RANCH Restaurant has a modern, rustic feel and offers an unparalleled fine-dining experience. Enter the doors and be greeted with a warm welcome, delicious smells, and swift service. Choose to dine in the saloon-inspired interior or relax out on the covered patio. A glimpse into the menu and it becomes clear that each entree has been carefully crafted to delight and inspire.

To start, order the Ceviche Trilogy, which includes shrimp and heirloom tomatoes, crab and coconut curry, and lobster and mango. Next, select the Cape Grim Grass-Fed Petite Filet served with pimento cheese mashed potatoes, portobello mushrooms, and broccolini. Or try the Te Mana Grass-Fed Lamb Chops served with cannellini bean puree, peppers, swiss chard, Nicoise olives, and red chimichurri. To finish, enjoy the Sticky Toffee Pudding, Meyer Lemon Cheesecake, or Old Fashioned Pecan Pie.

The RANCH is back open for dining, both indoor and outdoor, delivery, and takeout. Price is in the $$$ range, and hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. We recommend that you call ahead for reservations.

Umami Burger

Boasting a unique take on the classic American burger, Umami Burger gives you “more of everything you want: crave-able flavors, customizable options, and must-have favorites.” Located at 338 S. Anaheim Boulevard, the restaurant’s ambiance is fresh and features beehive-inspired lighting, exposed wooden beams, and subway tiles. Choose to sit indoors at a table or bar stool or outside under the covered patio. Burgers include the Umami Classic, Double Cheeseburger, Double Truffle, Ultimate Bacon, and Crispy Chicken. Pair your entree with thin-cut or sweet potato fries for an additional charge.

Umami Burger is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for dine-in or carry-out.

The Kroft

To round out our list of three must-try local restaurants in Anaheim, we’ve got The Kroft, a modern, industrial eatery that boasts “comfort food reinvented.” Located in the Anaheim Packing House at 440 S. Anaheim Boulevard, The Kroft inspires feelings of 1950s Brooklyn. The light fixtures are built from brass piping, illuminating the brick walls’ warm tones and creating an inviting atmosphere. The staff is quick to offer a friendly hello and asks if you have any questions about the menu, consisting of house-made gourmet sandwiches and poutine sourced from local ingredients.

The Kroft is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery.

Whether you are in the mood for burgers or sandwiches, chicken or steak, we have some outstanding recommendations for local restaurants you should support in Anaheim. Try them out and let us know what you think!

 Image courtesy of The RANCH Restaurant