According to the national census, Anaheim is one of the most diverse cities in California: 42 percent of the population is Hispanic, 24 percent Caucasian, 15 percent Asian, and 3 percent Black. Together, these different ethnic groups bring a lot of individuality, history, and culture to the city. And, of course, a big part of a culture is food. Global Gastros states, “Sharing food with people you love solidifies the connection you have.” 

Let’s dive right into some diverse family-inspired local restaurants for you to enjoy. Hungry in Anaheim? Our team at Villa Serrano Apartment Homes has some unique and tasty suggestions for you to eat well and support local restaurants.

Thuyền Viên Vegetarian Restaurant

Vietnamese food is quickly becoming a fan favorite in the United States. There is something sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters with stand-out dishes such as classic pho, bánh mì, and fresh spring rolls. The draw is in fresh, often locally sourced ingredients, combined perfectly to create entreés with outstanding flavor. Located at 1740 S. Euclid Street, Thuyền Viên is the perfect traditional Vietnamese restaurant to frequent. The ambiance is no-nonsense. The food is affordable and abundant. The staff is friendly and efficient. Best of all, this is a family-owned restaurant, meaning mom, dad, brother, and sister all contribute and bring a sense of love, teamwork, and culture right to your backyard.

To start, sample the Jicama Rolls, which include steamed jicama, carrots, basil, and tofu, all wrapped in rice paper and served with a house-made peanut sauce. Next up, try the Royal Noodle Soup, which contains thick vermicelli noodles cooked with Thai chili, lemongrass, mushrooms, tofu, and soy beef. Drinks include classic Vietnamese coffee, coconut juice, house tea, and lemonade.

Thuyền Viên is open Wednesday through Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. for dine-in, take-out, and delivery.

Picante’s Taqueria

Next on our list of local restaurants for you to support in Anaheim is Picante’s Taqueria. Located at 907 S. Euclid Street, the eatery offers affordable entrées and fast service without all of the fluff. Fan favorites include the Burrito Mojado combo (which includes a wet burrito with rice, beans, cheese, onion, cilantro, and salsa) and the Quesadilla Ranchera (which includes rice, beans, tomato, onions, cilantro, and avocado). Prices range from $5 to $12/entrée.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can currently choose to dine in or carry out.

China Kitchen

Last but not least on our list is China Kitchen, a self-described “bare-bones eatery” with classically inspired flavors. Popular entrées include the honey glazed walnut shrimp, which is subtly sweet and snappy; the pork steamed dumplings, boasting the optimal level of chewiness; and the chow mein, clean and classic. Where China Kitchen shines, however, is in their specialty drink menu. The milk tea is the stand-out choice, with the perfect amount of sweetness and a silky smooth texture.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant is currently open for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery.

Anaheim is more than just an entertainment hub. The local population is beautifully diverse, and the food is trendy. Whether it is Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, or Indian, something new is just around the corner.

Image courtesy of Kate B. on Yelp