Los Angeles is no stranger to the food scene. You can find a ton of unique eats there, but LA isn’t the only place in Southern California to eat delicious food. Below are some of the best things I ate during a recent SoCal trip (Ventura, Anaheim, Irvine, & Orange). Enjoy!
1. Golden Latte + Green Dream Smoothie Bowl Harvest Cafe
I had just finished a run on Ventura Beach and was super hungry, but I didn’t want to eat something that would undo my workout. It was also kind of early so I had to find a place that was open. Harvest Cafe in downtown Ventura checked all of those boxes. Their golden latte is made with homemade cashew milk and turmeric. No coffee! Turmeric can have a strong flavor, but this tasted creamy and slightly sweet. The green dream smoothie bowl was a nice addition to the latte. It was light yet hearty. I felt satisfied and healthy after I finished eating here.
2. Goat Cheese Naan ADYA
Adya can be found in the Anaheim Packing House. If you are looking for something non-Disney related to do around Disneyland, definitely check this food hall out. Adya has a traditional oven to make naan in, and I saw this naan made right in front of me. It was the perfect size as well, probably as big as my hand. The naan part was fluffy and warm and was stuffed with the perfect amount of goat cheese- not too much or too little. This was one of my favorite eats at the Anaheim Packing House.
3. Sweet Potato + Cheese Pretzel Coffee Tomo
If I told you this was a pretzel, would you believe me? It is stuffed with sweet potato and cheese, which seems like an interesting combination but it was really yummy! The pretzel was freshly baked and the bread part was still warm from being in the oven when I got it. It wasn’t too sweet or too savory. If sweet potato and cheese isn’t your thing, Coffee Tomo has other kinds of pretzels on their menu that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
4. Green Chilaquiles Anepalco
The first time I had chilaquiles was at my friend’s house. His grandmother is Mexican, and she would make this dish for parties. Years later, I have not been able to find chilaquiles that taste as good as hers, until I went to Anepalco. Located in Orange, CA, Anepalco is known for their chilaquiles. They have a red and green version. Both are amazing, but the green one was my favorite. The tortilla had absorbed the flavors in the green sauce and the pumpkin seeds added a nice crunchy texture that complimented the rest of the dish. Also, my mouth is watering right now.
5. Grilled Cheese Animal Style In-N-Out Burger
Believe it or not, this was my first time having In-N-Out. My friend knew that I was an In-N-Out virgin and said that she would order for me. She literally told me not to say anything at the register. She ordered an off the menu item for me: a grilled cheese, animal style. A grilled cheese here is just like a regular burger minus the bun. I don’t think I have had anything that tastes so good. It’s probably a good thing we don’t have any of these here, or else I would be 20 pounds heavier.