ANAHEIM EATS: NEW RESTAURANTS NOW OPEN
Follow your taste buds around town for a mouthwatering tour of Anaheim’s newest restaurants in the Anaheim Packing District and Center Street Promenade. From dim sum delights to barbecue fusion, these four eateries that opened over the last few months offer a range of diverse flavors that will satisfy any food craving.
Anaheim’s new dim sum restaurant opened in late May at Farmers Park in the new Farm House building next to the Packing House. Offering a modern take on traditional Chinese fare, 18 Folds serves dim sum, dumplings and wok-fried dishes with draft beers all sourced from local Anaheim breweries. First-time visitors should try the prix fixe menu of the restaurant’s bestsellers that includes items like shu mai (pork and shrimp dumpling), Chinese broccoli and deep-fried spare ribs. 430 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714-386-5768, 18finc.com
Okayama Kobo Bakery Cafe
New to Center Street Promenade, the Japanese bakery offers a curated selection of espresso, tea, pastries and more. Bread is baked fresh daily from a special blend of Hokkaido wheat flour, a mix of five different kinds of wheat made specifically for Okayama Kobo and shipped directly from Japan. As a result, the bread is light and soft inside made from dough that has no additives or preservatives. Customers can enjoy more than 30 different selections of savory and sweet breads hot from the oven, including a “baked curry pan” made with an original Japanese beef curry filling and bread crumb panko. Customers are also invited to enjoy sandwiches like chicken katsu and smoked salmon, as well as organic coffee and tea from Groundworks. 155 W. Center St., okayamakobousa.com
Formerly known as Mix It Up, the revamped Packing House restaurant launched an exciting California-inspired menu refresh this summer. Offering Packing House visitors healthy dining options, including gluten-free and vegetarian dishes, M.I.U.’s new menu incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients in entrees, sandwiches, soups and salads. The grilled salmon salad is among the most popular items, recommended for its variety of flavors from the tangy mango vinaigrette to the smokey and cajun-spiced fish. Don’t skimp on the sides, either—the crispy Brussels sprouts are covered in a balsamic soy glaze and tossed with toasted almonds and pickled fresnos for the perfect accompaniment to any meal. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 657-208-3536, miutable.com
Cross Roast BBQ
Opened in June at the Packing House, the second Cross Roast BBQ location offers modern Cantonese cuisine inspired by “siu nap” shops in Hong Kong. Blending Cantonese and American barbecue styles, owner James Leung offers cross-cultural fare with a mouthwatering selection of meats. Don’t miss the bestselling roasted pork belly, which highlights the complexity of Cantonese barbecue, as well as the Western-influenced slow-roasted beef brisket, a great representation of the restaurant’s fusion concept. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714-829-4066, thecrossroast.com