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The Top 5 Best Eats in Old Towne Orange

For those who are planning to take a trip to Disneyland® or visit the beautiful Chapman University in the near future, the Ayres Hotel Anaheim and the Ayres Hotel Orange are the perfect hotels for those destinations! With European boutique inspired décor and world class service, these hotels are the ideal resting spot for you and your loved ones in the Orange County area. In addition, these hotels are just a few steps away from popular hot spots such as Angels Stadium, The Outlets at Orange, and Old Towne Orange. Notorious for its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and antique shops, Old Towne Orange is treasured by everyone from white collar workers to local college students.

Here’s a list of some of the best places to grab a bite to eat in Old Towne Orange!

  1. Bruxie 292 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866
    • Sunday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Thursday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • What makes it special: If you have a hankering for waffles but don’t want to wait until breakfast, stop by Bruxie and experience a new take on the sandwich, featuring an authentic light crispy Belgian Waffle as the bread. With a few locations in the Southern California area, the Orange location is the flagship location serving everything from Belgian style waffles to savory waffle sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken, hamburger patties, and everything in between. Bruxie also serves its Wisconsin-style frozen custard which tops everything from their fresh waffles to their scrumptious root beer floats. Who says you can’t have breakfast for dinner?
  2. Rutabegorz 264 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866
    • Monday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Closed Sundays
    • What makes it special: For those “foodies” who are into the eating clean lifestyle, Rutabegorz is the restaurant for you. This garden-fresh restaurant serves a variety of salads, soups, and sandwiches and is loved both by Chapman University students and the local community as well. Rutabegorz offers a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for even the most finicky of eaters! Do you have a sweet tooth? Not to worry, Rutabegorz offers an assortment of homemade desserts that will satisfy any dessert craving ranging from their famous carrot cake to their luscious brownie sundae complete with all of your favorite toppings.
  3. Haven Gastropub 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866
    • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
    • Open for Brunch Saturdays/Sundays at 9 a.m.
    • What makes it special: With an emphasis on organic and locally sourced foods, Haven Gastropub is the go-to spot for late night dining all with a reasonable price. This restaurant is also known for its wide selection of craft beers, wines, and house-made cocktails that have earned accolades from connoisseurs all over Orange County. House specialties include the shepherd’s pie, duck confît flatbread pizza, and for the more adventurous foodie, crispy pig ears with a black garlic and yuzu aioli. Wash your meal down with your favorite pint and you’re guaranteed a good time!
  4. Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe 116 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866
    • Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m
    • What makes it special: Reminiscing the days of the grand ol’ jukebox and a slice of Americana? Look no further than Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe to satisfy that nostalgic soul! Featuring all-American classics such as hand-crafted milkshakes, hamburgers, and frozen delights such as banana splits, this restaurant features a blast from the past with just one delicious bite. Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe is also known for its selection of old school sodas, candies, and was even featured in the 1998 Tom Hanks film “That Thing You Do,” which made its debut in 1998.
  5. Felix Continental Cafe 36 Plaza Square Orange, CA 92866
    • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • What makes it special: If you ever wanted to try Cuban and Spanish food all within a cozy environment, this local establishment can’t be beat! This Latin dining spot serves authentic food both from Cuba and Spain ranging from Spanish papa rellenas (stuffed and fried potato fritters) to Cuban style braised oxtail stew with fried plantains and black beans. All food items are made daily from scratch complete with the freshest ingredients! Don’t forget to try out other favorites such as the house paella, empanadas, and their scrumptious tres leches cake. Next time you’re in Orange County, be sure to stop by one of these tasty eateries and let your taste buds go wild!
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