By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Photo by Tenaya Hills
Best Architecture Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Queen Anne Cottage, Prairie School, Aeroplane Bungalow—the Anaheim Colony Historical District includes many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Highlights include the Mother Colony House (one of the county's first private homes), the century-old First Presbyterian Church and 125-year-old St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Anaheim Mother Colony House, 414 N. West St., Anaheim, (714) 765-1850; Anaheim First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. Broadway, Anaheim, (714) 535-2176; www.anaheimfirstpres.org; St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 311 W. South St., Anaheim, (714) 535-4654.
Best Restaurant District Little Arabia is Southern California's premier place to feast on Middle Eastern cuisine. Our favorites: the mint-spiked falafels at Kareem's (1208 S. Brookhurst St., Anaheim, 714-778-6829); the 17 different kinds of Lebanese pizzas at Al Sanabel Bakery (816 S. Brookhurst Blvd., Anaheim, 714-635-4353); Ara's Pastry's wonderful maamoul pistachio and date cookies (2227 W. Ball Rd., Anaheim, 714-776-5554); and the garlic-sauced Lebanese sub at Victory Bakery (951 S. Euclid St., Anaheim, 714-776-4493).
Best Forgotten Cemetery Holy Cross Cemetery, which gets no boneyard love. The county's first Catholic cemetery—many of its tombstones pre-1950, when tombstones were still vertically inclined—is now open only by appointment. If you don't have one, it's scrunched in between apartment buildings behind a whitewashed wall and a chainlink fence you can only look through. 619 S. Euclid Ave., Anaheim, (714) 532-6551.
Best Place to Knock 'Em Down Linbrook Bowl. This swanky old behemoth of a bowling alley caters to the most dedicated keglers in Orange County, so when you strut in and grab your balls, you best mean business. 201 S. Brookhurst Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 774-2253.