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This Town In Orange County Produces Some Of The Best Vietnamese Food Outside of Vietnam

Located close to the Anaheim Resort District and tucked between the cities of Westminster and Garden Grove, California, is a place with a rich Vietnamese history that serves as a cultural hub for amazing and authentic Vietnamese cuisine. This magical place is called Little Saigon, and if you haven’t been, you need to take a visit.

Tag along with our friend Bang-Ko, a.k.a. Connie from @occomestibles as she takes us on a flavorful journey through Little Saigon.

From lobster hot pot that’s cooked tableside, to a massive seven course beef feast, there are an unbelievable amount of hidden culinary gems any hungry foodie would love to sink their teeth into.   

First stop is Garlic and Chives by Kristin, known for their traditional yet trendy atmosphere. Take it from Connie and order their House Special Lobster, served with garlic noodles, peppers and traditional spices.

Being a native to Vietnam, Connie knows exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to delicious Vietnamese food, and it’s safe to say her 72K Instagram followers would agree.

So when she says we need to check out Hai Noi Corner for their wonderfully crispy Sizzling Turmeric & Dill Fish, we drop what we’re doing and go immediately.

It’s not everyday you can find the opportunity to feast on gigantic sea snails. Well, that was before Connie brought us to Oc and Lau for some Escargot and Lobster Hot Pot. Oc and Lau literally translates to “Sea Snail and Hotpot,” so if you need some exotic fare in your life, this is truly a diamond in the rough.

If you’re looking to feed a group of hungry foodies, seven courses of beef should be the perfect formula. At Hong An, a huge dining hall greets guests as they are seated with their own tabletop grill. Connie recommends the Bo Bay Mon, which translates to Beef Seven — also known as seven courses of beef.

Hong An is a meat lovers paradise where you’ll be served everything from lemongrass beef to juicy Vietnamese meatballs.

Last on the list but certainly not least is Pho45 with their beef pho. This rendition is packed with tripe, tendon, brisket, flank, and rare beef. Pho45’s recipe is a family secret so they kept their recipe on lockdown, but what we do know is they are very generous with their meat portions and that their pho might be the best we’ve ever had.

Next time you have a day off or are visiting the area, spend it on a deliciously authentic culinary journey through one of Orange County’s most historic neighborhoods. You’ll love losing yourself in the culture, food and the experience of Little Saigon.

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This Mexican Ice Cream Parlor Is A Wonderland Of Frozen Treats

What’s not to love about ice cream? Especially, when it’s piled high with fresh fruit and a special blend of Tajin and Chamoy.

At La Michoacana Premium (pronounced Lah Meech-oh-ah-CAH-nah) in Anaheim, Calif., you can enjoy delicious mangoneadas — fresh fruit topped with chamoy sauce, mangos, and a choice of lime juice, chili powder and a tamarind straw. These traditionally authentic treats are made to order and are completely customizable.

In order to ensure freshness, La Michoacana Premium makes all their ice cream with fresh fruit and other natural ingredients.

With a variety of water-based popsicles made with real sliced fruit, cereal and other sweet treats, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

From delicious agua frescas, to freshly prepared gazpacho cups filled with diced fruit, and freshly squeezed orange or lime juice, you can create a brand new flavor experience each time you visit La Michoacana Premium.

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This Modernized Mongolian BBQ Buffet Allows You To Grill Almost ANYTHING

The massive Anaheim GardenWalk is home to so many cool shops and restaurants it’s hard to keep track – including the legendary House of Blues. But, we’re here today to talk about the joint right across the way from this epic music hall, FiRE + iCE.

While you may have eaten Mongolian BBQ before, forget what you know, because this place is any ordinary spot’s hipper, more interesting cousin for one big reason – everything at FiRE + iCE is truly customizable.

You want tacos? They got you. Pizza? Every Friday! A juicy burger with all the fixins – you bet. Your standard stir fry? They have that, too, with every sauce under the sun to spice it up a bit.

In true FOODBEAST fashion, we had to make the most of this DIY (dream-it-yourself) scenario by coming up with some wild creations. The best part is that the chefs are down to make whatever your heart desires, so they were amped about preparing our wacky creations.

To test the waters, we assembled a classic stir fry, but opted for mango habanero sauce for an extra kick. From there we amped up REAL fast with Fajita pasta – just your standard fajita fixings atop a bed of fresh penne and garnished with loads of shredded cheddar, cilantro and fried tortilla strips.

This went well so we hit it right in the gut with a double decker Pulled Pork Burger. We loved every second of it.

For the pièce de résistance, we had our chef take the beloved chicken alfredo pasta and put it in taco form, creating the most epic hybrid we’ve tasted in a minute.

When they say you can make it all at FiRE + iCE, they really aren’t joking. Make sure to check this spot out for nourishment after a long day out at Disneyland! Your stomach will thank you.

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This Insta-Famous Donut Shop Is Now Known For Their Soft Shell Crab Burger

If there’s one sweet shop in Southern California that seems like it does it all, it’s Glee Donuts & Burgers. Not only does this spot churn out delicious donuts and burgers as the name suggests, it also makes some Insta-worthy breakfast burritos, bagels and other sandwiches.

Literally, you’ve probably seen many breakfast burritos from this spot in your Instagram feed, and if you’re like us, it probably made you drool profusely the moment the image hit your eyeballs.

Because Glee is the versatile mom and pop shop of our dreams, we wanted to take a moment to feature one of our favorite items on the menu you might not have heard of – the Soft Shell Crab Burger.

You could consider this item a sleeper hit amongst the vast number of items on the menu at Glee. But make no mistake, once you’ve had this ‘wich, it’ll become your go-to in the blink of an eye.

What’s involved in this masterpiece, you ask? First, they start with one beef patty on the grill. Soon after, they throw not one, but TWO soft shell crabs into the fryer. Once those are nice and crispy, Glee adds butter to their already buttery brioche bun and throws it onto the flat top to get it nice and toasty.

Then they add their special, secret recipe “Glee Sauce” to the bun and assemble all the parts, adding a hearty portion of bacon, some luscious fresh avocado and more secret sauce along the way.

Next time you’re cruising around Anaheim, be sure to make a pit stop at Glee Donuts & Burgers for this beauty. You won’t regret it.

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This Cheese Shop Has A $500 Cheese Plate On Their Secret Menu

Located among the shops at Center Street Promenade in Ctr City Anaheim, the Center Street Cheese Shop should be at the top of your list of places to visit in 2018.

Specializing in cheeses, meats and wines from around the world, all you’ve ever wanted to discover about all of that can be found at this spot.

Even if it’s just a quick bite for lunch, or if you’re catering for a party of 30, the Center Street Cheese Shop is the ideal spot for some of the rarest cheeses and charcuterie combinations on the West Coast.

Currently, the Center Street Cheese Shop is offering what they’re calling the “$500 Cheese Board,” featuring a decadent and indulging assortment of cheese and meat combinations.

On this platter of goodness you can find everything from Stilton Bucheron, a three-week-old goat cheese, some Alpine swiss coated with edible flowers, a four-year-old gouda from Holland, an Italian cured meat called bresaola and duck prosciutto – just to mention a few.

If you haven’t stopped by yet, be sure to check it out. The menu is always changing, which is even more of a reason to check in and try something you’ve never experienced.

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These Drunken Donuts Are So Boozy You Must Be 21 To Order

The chic, sprawling rooftop lounge at The Fifth, located at the Grand Legacy At The Park hotel in Anaheim, overlooks Disneyland’s iconic skyline, making it one of the most tranquil yet exclusive locations in all of Orange County.

While the aesthetics of this rooftop bar are hard to beat, what’s really drawing in crowds is the food.

Recently, FOODBEAST stopped by The Fifth to capture some unique offerings. While it’s safe to say everyone enjoys a good cocktail on occasion, they might enjoy one more often if that cocktail came in donut form.

That’s exactly what The Fifth is hoping to accomplish with their version of the boozy donut. With flavors like tequila lime, orange liqueur, and coffee liqueur, this sweet treat is part pastry, part alcohol. These bite-sized morsels of boozy decadence are the perfect snack to get the party started, keep it going, or even cap off a wonderful evening with friends.

Each flavor of donut is soaked in a specific alcohol, fried, then covered with cinnamon and sugar.

We got to try the tequila lime flavor, which tastes just like the margaritas we’ve come to know and love. The hints of lime zest throughout really give a citrusy punch to this sweet and boozy treat.

As a matter of fact, these donuts are so boozy you have be over 21 to order them!

If you’re of age, come check out the boozy donuts at The Fifth, and remember if you eat too many, there’s a warm bed inside the Grand Legacy At The Park hotel.  

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