My City Kicks Your Citys Dining Ass

Dont trust the Times or Pringle: Anaheim is OCs best dining burg

PER YOSHINO: "AN IMPROVED INVENTORY OF RESTAURANTS WOULD ALSO ADDRESS ANOTHER ANAHEIM SHORTCOMING IN CRITICS' EYES: A SHORTAGE OF LATE-NIGHT FARE"

Yoshino obviously doesn't have a nightlife. Here are three evening haunts: Jax Donut House: Fryers of the best cinnamon rolls outside Bavaria. Across from City Hall and open 24 hours. 110 W. Lincoln Ave., (714) 999-0632.Taquerías Guadalajara: Also open 24 horas. Up the street from Anaheim City Hall, you'll find great carne asada tacos. Favorite of police officers and petty thieves alike. 520 N. Anaheim Blvd., (714) 758-1370.Chris & Pitts BBQ:Who says carnivores slumber at the end of the day? At this Naugahyde-sporting fixture, the night time is the right time for the most important ribs since Adam's. 601 N. Euclid Ave., (714) 635-2601.

THREE RESTAURANTS INTEGRAL TO ANAHEIM HISTORY

Loreley Restaurant: One of the last remaining German eateries in a town founded by immigrants from the Deustchland—actually, they were from San Francisco, but who's counting? Good boar! 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., (714) 563-4166.Ibero America Market:Besides hosting a magnificent Emigdio Vasquez mural of Chicano history outside its wall, Ibero America Market—which primarily hawks produce from South America and the Caribbean—was the location for Orange County's worst race riot, the Little People's Park melee of 1978. 327 S. Lemon St., (714) 635-5500.Norm's Restaurant: The displacement of Norm's in 1995 from its longtime Lincoln Avenue location to its current Euclid Avenue perch angered many longtime Anaheimers, who finally realized that rampant development had turned our beautiful city into a plague of strip malls. Many of the 5,000 people who signed a petition that year vainly seeking a pardon for Norm's continue to harass Pringle and other development-mad Anaheim officials. 1125 N. Euclid, (714) 776-3663.

RESTAURANTS ALL ANAHEIMERS

KNOW BUT NEVER PATRONIZE

The Anaheim White House:Sure, it's a beautiful building, a White House doppelganger where wonderful Italian dinners come courtesy of Bruno Serato, 2004's Southern California Restaurateur of the Year. But my friend, a lifelong Anaheimer like me, put it best when I asked if he's ever dined at the White House: "You mean that's not the mayor's house?" 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., (714) 772-1381.JC Fandango: Amid the swirl of salsa and merengue on weekends and rock en español the rest of the week at this Latin-music cathedral, dancers forget that JC Fandango makes an excellent paella. 1086 N. State College Blvd., (714) 758-1057.Any restaurant in downtown Anaheim:Pringle crows like Foghorn Leghorn about how his laissez-faire vision is improving downtown Anaheim. The reality: restaurants here are more abandoned than the Staples Center come Clippers time. The recently opened Filling Station (195 W. Center St., 714-535-2800) remains little-visited, Pho Republic(30 S. Anaheim Blvd., 714-999-1200) can't compete against a far-superior Vietnamese joint down Lincoln, and Bella Mari's (20 S. Anaheim Blvd. 714-991-9700) couldn't attract a crowd if it gave away its horrendous spaghetti. More shameless self-promotion: even more restaurants can be found in Orange County's best damn dining guide at ocweekly.com/food. If you still think Anaheim is the epicurean equivalent of Disney's California Adventure, e-mail garellano@ocweekly.com.

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