When something is simply referred to as "the beast," there's probably a good reason. In the case of Blake's Place BBQ, The Beast refers to a monster of a sandwich: slow-smoked pulled pork, pulled barbecue chicken, chopped beef brisket, coleslaw, sliced red onion, and a dousing of Blake's BBQ sauce. All those ingredients teeter between an over-sized bun, and as a whole, The Beast weighs in at 2.5 pounds. If you devour it in 20 minutes or less, you earn a T-shirt and food challenge immortality, and if you make it disappear behind someone's ear you earn lots of attention for your party-magician business.
Of course, plenty of people come to enjoy the food, not just to defeat it. The original Blake's opened in Anaheim in 1996 and has since filled the bellies of more than one million customers. A second location in Los Alamitos was added in 2012. At both, chefs use high-tech wood-burning barbecue pits that are big enough to smoke more than 3,500 pounds of meat at one time?some for as long as 16 hours. The resulting menu features entire plates of baby back ribs, hot sandwiches, and even smoked wings. Homemade desserts round out the Southern-style selection, including peach cobbler and bread pudding. And none of this goes unnoticed: Blake's was voted The Best of Orange County and Best Barbecue in Orange County by the Orange County Register, as well as Zagat-rated in 2013.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Matiki Island Barbeque, a down-home barbecue joint in Anaheim.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Matiki Island Barbeque, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Bring the whole family to Matiki Island Barbeque, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Matiki Island Barbeque will be able to accommodate your large party.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Matiki Island Barbeque also offers catering.
You can also grab your food to go.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Matiki Island Barbeque offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
You won't need to save up for a trip to Matiki Island Barbeque — most meals cost less than $15.
Matiki Island Barbeque dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, a down-home barbecue joint in Anaheim.
Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue's menu does not offer low-fat options.
Parents appreciate Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue when the weather is warm.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Tasty BBQ & Dim Sum, nestled inside the Thuan Phat Supermarket, specializes in exactly what its name describes. Relying on authentic Chinese barbecue recipes, the chefs sizzle up portions of pork belly, chicken, and duck before tossing them with rice. They stuff dim-sum dumplings with fresh ingredients such as meats and vegetables by hand, and serve them steaming fresh or freeze them for use during a future snowball fight. The small eatery rounds out its menu with classic Chinese dishes including chow mein, congee, beef tripe, roasted pork, roasted duck, sui mai, har gow, and stewed chicken feet.
Despite their restaurant's moniker, the chefs at Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse aren’t averse to local ingredients. In fact, all their produce comes from California growers. But rather than recreate Southern flavors, they prefer going straight to the source, relying on Virginian and North Carolinian farms to send country hams and Delta farms to send catfish. Said catfish simmers beneath mountains of slaw in po’ boys, one among Johnny Rebs’ many housemade Southern staples, which range from creole shrimp over cheddar grits to pulled pork slow-smoked up to 12 hours.
Though steeped in traditional Southern cooking, Johnny Rebs’ critically acclaimed culinary team puts its own twist on Southern and American staples alike. To wit: grilled cheese made with pimento and jalapeños, as well as deep-fried apple pie, which bubbles in a deep fryer stolen off a Georgia windowsill. Complemented with “suds” and “squashed grapes”—Johnny Rebs’ speak for beer and wine—feasts unfold amidst a rustic dining space made to resemble a cozy, wood-paneled home. Before the table fills up with smoked and fried meats, guests can snack from a bucket of peanuts. They're free, but any quarters diners donate in return go straight to charities such as the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
Enjoy ever-popular bibimbap at Aria Restaurant.
Aria Restaurant is serving up healthy meals packed with flavor.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Aria Restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring the whole family to Aria Restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Aria Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Aria Restaurant's free wifi hotspot.
Aria Restaurant is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Aria Restaurant cater for you.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Aria Restaurant.
Avoid parallel parking and slide into a spot free of charge — the restaurant offers free parking next door.
Your tab at Aria Restaurant will usually run to about $30 per guest.