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Splurge or Save: All the Hot Spots for Dining in Buena Park

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With so many outstanding dining opportunities in Buena Park, choosing the perfect spot can be overwhelming. Whether you are looking to go all out to celebrate a big promotion or birthday, or you want to save your pennies for a (rare) rainy day, there are excellent eating options all over town. Here are a few of our favorites from high-end steak joints to their equally delicious but less expensive counterparts.

Breakfast Sandwiches

SPLURGE: Broken Yolk Cafe—Sit down and relax as coffee is poured for you in anticipation of the arrival of your Sun-Up Breakfast Sandwich. Grilled sourdough bread is the base with two fried eggs, Applewood smoked bacon, and American cheese on top. The perfect way to start the day!

SAVE: Eggslice—Counter service at the newly opened Grange Hall is where you'll grab your Double Egg & Cheese from Eggslice. Two locally sourced over medium eggs are served on a local artisan brioche bun that is buttered and toasted to a golden brown. Holding it all together is a slice of cheese and an ounce of slow-simmered house-made Chili Jam.


SPLURGE: Basilur Tea and Coffee—Home to the uniquely fluffy souffle pancake, Basilur Tea is your go-to spot when pancake cravings hit and you want to do it up right. We especially recommend the strawberry souffle pancakes that are topped with fresh berries and whipped cream.

SAVE: Black Bear Diner—This spot knows how to do breakfast without all the unnecessary fuss. The pancake stack gets you two sweet cream pancakes, just the way you like them, and they're served up fast so you can get on with your day.


SPLURGE: Burger Monster—Make this spot your go-to for over-the-top burgers like the Mighty Melt. A cheddar cheese-skirted bun is loaded with more cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, beer-battered onion rings, BBQ sauce, and a creamy vinegar slaw. Messy and totally worth it!

SAVE: Portillo's—Order the hamburger at the counter and you'll enjoy a ⅓-pound char-broiled burger with mayo, crisp lettuce, a red ripe tomato slice, sliced red onion, pickles, and ketchup on a freshly toasted old-fashioned style bun. They've been making them since 1963 and certainly know how to do it right.


SPLURGE: Sapporo Sushi & Grill—When you want the best of the best, order up the super dragon roll at Sapporo and you'll get crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, eel, and eel sauce. Pretty much the perfect bite!

SAVE: Aburi Sushi—Fans of this all-you-can-eat sushi joint know that the eel roll is one not to be missed as they keep coming back for it again and again.

Korean BBQ

SPLURGE: Kyung Bok Kung Korean BBQ—When you are really looking to impress, order up the Beef Special Grill Course at Kyung Bok Kung Korean BBQ. It comes with your choice of beef short rib, marinated beef short rib, rib eye, and boneless short rib.

SAVE: Miss Shabu—Get the full all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ experience at Miss Shabu where the servers are known to be attentive and the food is both a great value and high quality.


SPLURGE: Rock & Brews—The music is always pumping and you're definitely in for a good time when you order up the margherita pizza at Rock & Brews. Go for the family size if you want to share this pie that's topped with garlic butter, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella and parmigiano cheese, and torn basil. Simple perfection.

SAVE: Supreme Pizza Bar—You don't have to spend the big bucks to get a good pizza when you head to Supreme Pizza Bar. The classic margarita pizza with sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and fresh tomatoes is just what you are craving, we know it.


SPLURGE: Prime and Beyond—There's nothing like a perfectly grilled steak and Prime and Beyond has you covered in that department. Go all-in with the 8 oz. filet mignon that you know will be nothing but delicious.

SAVE: Outback Steakhouse—For a steak that doesn't break the bank, Outback is your standby. Victoria's Filet® Mignon offers 9 oz. of the most tender and juicy thick-cut steak that's seasoned and seared just the way you like it.


SPLURGE: Gaucho Grill—When the empanada cravings hit, you'll want to head to this Argentinian steakhouse that really knows how to make them. Take our word for it and go for the smoked short rib empanadas that are loaded with meat, onions, and tomato.

SAVE: Porto's Bakery & Cafe—Traditional Cuban pastries are the name of the game at Porto's and the chicken empanada is one of our favorites. It's filled with Rosa's original recipe of Cuban-style chicken fricassee—a slow-cooked chicken breast, carrot, peas, onion, tomato sauce, and Spanish seasonings.


SPLURGE: Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner—When you want a salad that's a meal unto itself, go for the Tri-Berry “Boysenberry” Salad with Loganberry Dressing. Fresh field greens and chopped romaine lettuce, red raspberries, blackberries, toasted almonds and Feta cheese are served with a loganberry vinaigrette. Perfect for all you berry lovers out there who want a taste of Buena Park's hometown berry.

SAVE: California Pita Grill—The Greek Salad is always a favorite and California Pita Grill knows how to serve it up just the way you like it with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, and olives.


SPLURGE: Sup Noodle Bar—When you are craving a meal of just fries, there's nothing quite like the Lomo Saltado. French fries are topped with tomatoes, charred sweet red onions, white wine soy, and home-made aji verde aioli, that's served with steamed white rice and filet mignon. No skimpy side dish fries here!

SAVE: Tacos la Calle—Equally filling are the Asada Fries at Tacos la Calle where you'll get fries loaded with mozzarella cheese, nacho cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and carne asada. Don't skip the salsa for some extra heat!


SPLURGE: The Cauldron—Bewitchingingly fun, you'll love the ambiance at The Cauldron and their signature cocktails as well. When you want a drink that's both delicious and fun, go for the Knotty Kid Martini. You'll get Smirnoff Vodka and lemon juice that's topped with Boysenberry Cotton Candy that melts right before your eyes (like magic!).

SAVE: La Huasteca—The classic Blue Hawaiian at La Huasteca brings you back to the islands with its coconut-forward flavors. It pairs well with the fish tacos and camarones a la diabla.

Ice Cream

SPLURGE: Don Melt —Bring your appetite (and a friend) and order up the 12 oz ice cream cone. Stacked almost a mile high, the cone comes in strawberry, vanilla or swirl options. An ice cream lover's dream! Did we mention its vegan friendly?

SAVE: Baskin Robbins—You know you won't be able to stop yourself at just one scoop when you head to Baskin Robbins. With 31 flavors to choose from, there's bound to be a few that call out to you.


SPLURGE: Santa Maria BBQ—When you want a sandwich that can feed your whole family, go for the Beef Tri-tip Sandwich. Santa Maria BBQ's tri-tip is slow-smoked all day, hand sliced and piled high on a soft bun. Bring your appetite.

SAVE: Dickey's—You'll always know what you're getting at Dickey's and that's high-quality BBQ at prices that won't set you back. The Classic Sandwich offers your choice of slow-smoked meats on a brioche bun. Easy perfection.

Named one of the Most Fun Small Towns in America, Buena Park is home to world famous attractions like Knott’s Berry Farm, Soak City waterpark, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, Medieval Times, Olympic Golf, Big Air Trampoline Park and more. For discounted Buena Park and nearby attraction tickets, CLICK HERE.

After a long day of excitement, choose from over a dozen comfortable and affordable hotels in Buena Park. Most hotels are located within walking distance to all major attractions. Just 5 miles from Disneyland®, and a short drive to Huntington Beach and Los Angeles, Buena Park is the ideal basecamp for your California dream vacation. Check out our ‘suite’ hotel and ticket deals. To start planning your SoCal vacation, order your FREE Buena Park Travel Guide.

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