STANTON

Beach Boulevard promenade

STANTON
Riley Kern
Straight outta Stanton

The stretch of pavement known as Highway 39 leads to the coastal edge of Orange County, but not without going through Stanton. Sure, the city has its detractors who say its slice of Beach Boulevard resembles a desert ghost town right out of The Hills Have Eyes. But to hell with the haters! Summertime in Stanton is the real deal, and it all starts with a drive.

Heading down Beach Boulevard showcases all there is to offer. First stop for fun is Adventure City. . . . Oh, wait, that's just on the other side of the border with Anacrime. So what if Stanton doesn't have a mini-amusement park? It still has plenty going on. Don't let the disturbing motel names (such as the Chester Inn) along the way cause the creeps. Just keep driving.

Sooner or later, revelers will happen upon a recognizable restaurant amidst the strip malls of shutter on Stanton's claim to Beach. Still standing is Acapulcos (12765 Beach Blvd., 714-895-4444), a place where a decent brunch and more than a few margaritas can be had. But that's too easy. The secret to Stanton is its key hole-in-the-walls, with Thai Nakorn (11951 Beach Blvd., Ste. J, 714-799-2031) being the best of all. Gooey satay sticks warm the belly for such main dishes as beef panang.

Hop back on Beach, and keep those eyes peeled for storefronts that appeal to curiosity. How many cars travel up and down the highway every day with drivers wondering about Carniceria Mexico (10565 Beach Blvd., 714-826-8740)? Quell the mystery, look at the piñatas hanging from above and buy as many pounds of carne asada as you need for that perfect daytime barbecue with friends. Too bad the city has had its park shut down for years, a product of its perpetually shitty economy.

In fact, the only part of the city that ever truly buzzes is the Indoor Swap Meet (10401 Beach Blvd., 714-527-1112), the land where the CD never went out of style—just like Stanton.

 
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23 comments
Brett Bremer
Brett Bremer

i miss riding my bike there, and tagging every fucking thing around. i miss it all the swap meet, the hookers, the weirdoes, the tweekers, the cars...man north orange county beach blvd is classic....so much shit goes down there

Guccii Man
Guccii Man

Missing is a pics of the hookers in Stanton lol

David Tanaka
David Tanaka

Cuz the other must of got his 1st hand job there or something and has a soft spot for it? And didn't think anyone would catch it lol

Wayne M Short
Wayne M Short

I think there was a Hobby City in the area back in the day. Had all kinds of hobby & crafts shops. Loved it as a kid. Would walk there from my grandma's house.

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Motels that are a haven for crackheads & meth heads.. Once the sun goes down.. It turns into hooker central..

Geof Dail
Geof Dail

It should be called Hooker & Homeless Haven.

Steve Manciet
Steve Manciet

Stanton??? damn that's stretching it a bit. Liz Taylor spent time there, which is something??

Randy Flockton
Randy Flockton

Stanton is like the Nebraska of the OC... People cross it constantly, occasionally stopping for fuel.. But no one wants to live there...

Melissa Compagnon
Melissa Compagnon

Why is the picture of a stretch of Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach if the article is about Stanton?

Vu Nguyen
Vu Nguyen

Never judge a book by its cover! Christine

Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor

You left out the gentleman's club and the ladies of the evening that truly make Stanton part of California's gold

 
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