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Don’t-Miss August Events in Center City

August events in and around Center City Anaheim

Whether you’re a culture junkie, foodie or wine snob, you’ve got your pick of new openings and fab events around Center City this month. Here’s a brief breakdown of some of the highlights.

ALL THE ART

“Deconstructing Liberty” Now Up at Muzeo
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is a reliable anchor of Center City’s art scene, with an ongoing calendar of recurring and special events plus noteworthy traveling exhibitions (did you see “Dressing Downton”? We’re still swooning over Lady Mary’s trousseau). The latest, “Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested” (Aug. 5-Oct. 15, tickets $10) is part of one of this year’s most high-profile artistic undertakings, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a collaborative, distributed effort between arts institutions all over Southern California, led by the Getty. Embracing PST’s overarching theme—how L.A. has shaped and is shaped by Latino and Latin American artists—“Deconstructing Liberty” includes provocative performances, installations, video and photography related to the American idea of liberty. Yes, it’s heavy. It’s also relevant, exciting, and one of those shows people will be talking about for years to come.

Deconstructing Liberty at Muzeo Museum

Deconstructing Liberty @ The Muzeo
Open Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm
241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
714.956.8936

Experience Street Art at the Art Crawl Experience
This month also features the return of the Art Crawl Experience, the art walk that takes over Center Street Promenade for one-night only each August (and November, February and May). What to expect? Multi-sensory stimulation, thanks to the festival atmosphere, live music, food truck eats and open-air galleries. Get ready to treasure hunt, and bring your dancing shoes—this month’s A.C.E. will include a swing band and jitterbugging dance floor. Our advice: Lindy Hop like nobody’s watching, then take advantage of complimentary rides on Anaheim Resort Transit to get around the rest of A.C.E.

August 19th from 6-10pm on Center Street Promenade between Anaheim Blvd and Harbor Blvd.

FOOD AND DRINK

Good Things Now Open
We are totally digging the concept behind Center Street newcomer Good Things, a hybrid drink/dine/shop experience with a laid-back, California cool vibe.  Guest chefs do pop-ups or you can bring your own eats and nosh while you peruse the vintage finds (emphasis on furnishings, books and vinyl). Yes, you will Instagram the heck out of this place (@goodthingsanaheim).

Open Daily from 10am – 9pm. Call (714)808-9671 for more info.

Pali Wine Co. Now Pouring at MAKE
Meanwhile, the outpost of Pali Wine Co. now open at MAKE is pretty easy on the eyes, too. (Sidenote: MAKE’s ultracool digs, originally a Sunkist marmalade factory, just hit its 100-year mark. Happy birthday!) We love that shimmering wall of repurposed wine bottles—a primo photo backdrop if ever there was one. At Pali, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Central Coast is on tap, plus the winery’s Tower 15 label, which includes French blends from Bordeaux and the Rhone. Buy a bottle to take home or head outdoors to the breezy patio for flight practice.

Pali Wine Co in Anaheim

Pali Wine Co @ MAKE
Open Mon.-Thurs., 4-10pm
Fri., 3-11pm
Sat., 11am-11pm
Sun. 12-8pm
500 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
714.966.6661

FUNNY BUSINESS

“The Skipper Show” Sets Sail at Anaheim Brewery (For the Last Time)
We kept hearing about “The Skipper Show.” It had all the makings of an urban legend: Comedians who were Skippers-by-Day on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, turned their experiences into open-mic gold doing stand-up at night. Happily, it’s for real! Unhappily, it’s ending! So corny and clever it hurts, you don’t want to miss the last outing of this improv comedy show at Anaheim Brewery.

 

 

Anaheim Brewery's Skipper Show

The Skipper Show @ Anaheim Brewery
Aug. 12 at 8pm
336 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805
714.780.1888

Got the scoop on an upcoming Center City event we should know about? We’re always on the hunt for inside intel on new openings, special events, one-offs, gatherings, happenings, be-ins, etc., around Center City. Send us your tip!

KCRW Presents Summer Nights 2017 in Center City Anaheim

KCRW Summer Nights Event

Where:

Center City Anaheim – Center Street and the Carnegie Plaza

When:

Saturday, June 24th, 5:30-10 p.m.
Featuring KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Valida

Saturday, September 23rd, 5:30-10 p.m.
Featuring KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Jose Galvan

Details:

Valet for just $3. Free trolley rides to and from Center St. Promenade 12-9 p.m.

Back for two encore performances, Center City Anaheim hosts KCRW’s Summer Nights 2017 in the OC! Bring the whole fam and come hang with KCRW and their DJs on Center Street and the Carnegie Plaza. Enjoy great music, a beer garden, and hand-picked food and retail vendors. Two events in June and September help kick-off summer, then wind it back down. Check out the Anaheim KCRW Summer Nights schedule here.

See the full Summer Nights lineup at KCRW.com and RSVP on the Center City Anaheim Facebook page here.

Best Spots to Watch the Big Game

Best sports bars in Anaheim to watch the Superbowl game.

Hosting a football party for the Big Game can be fun—but also a bit stressful. Rather than sacrificing your home (and your sanity) for the biggest NFL game of the year, check out these Anaheim hot spots perfect for catching all the action—with cheap beer on tap and classic game-watching grub on the menu.

Unique Seats

The open atmosphere of the Anaheim Packing House might seem like an unusual setting to watch NFL football, but in fact, it makes quite the perfect venue. Not only does it give you access to ample merchants offering a variety of food and bev options, but come February 5, a big screen will be positioned in the middle of the common area for watching the Bowl game.  Bring your friends and grab a seat in the center of the action. If you’re going with a big group, be sure to get there early enough to save a space.

Watching football at Tony's Deli in Center City Anaheim.

Pull up a bar stool and chow down on one of Tony’s Deli’s hearty sandwiches while watching the big game.

Not Your Average Deli

For something a little more intimate, try pulling up a bar stool at Tony’s Deli & Bottle Shop. With a focus on offering you great deli food, this spot is more than just a grab-and-go diner; it’s a fresh take on the classic sports bar. Sit down and peruse their menu of over 60 craft and imported bottled beers, 4 beers on tap and 25 bottled sodas. Take your time ordering from the list of classic and non-traditional sandwiches available. This low-key atmosphere also offers a couple of TVs conveniently placed to enjoy a more relaxing atmosphere for NFL game day.

Healthy food options at Gypsy Den in Anaheim.

Health nuts like football, too. Get your fix of both at Gypsy Den!

The Healthy Option

If you’d prefer to steer clear of the traditional wings and brats, stop in to Orange County’s original alternative café. The Gypsy Den offers a menu filled with healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan items from small bites to delicious dinner entrees. Their drink list features a variety of carefully crafted cocktails plus a selection of beer and wine. There is only one TV in the restaurant so be sure to arrive early enough to snag a spot on the couch or reserve one of the tables close by.

Collage of food options and decor in Gypsy Den, Anaheim.

(Do) Rock the Juke Joint

With 20 rotating taps, pool tables and dart boards, free wi-fi, and happy hour every day of the week from 6 am to 8 pm, Juke Joint touts itself as the NFL headquarters for watching the big game. If you head to this venue, come prepared for a little more raucous than at the other venues on our list, but with all of the action and energy fostered at this Center City staple, you’re guaranteed a great time—so long as you brought your game face!

Your Center City Caffeine Fix

Mug of coffee at one of Anaheim's top coffee shops

Coffee is a staple of life in the city of Anaheim. Whether it’s your early morning rise-and-shine or your late afternoon pick-me-up, the following are our favorite coffee shops and cozy cafes around town pouring the perfect elixir.

A Classic Cup

The historic Anaheim Packing District is a great stop for coffee any time of day. From breakfast to comfort foods, there are over 20 vendors offering a range of culinary treats to choose from. For a classic cup of artisanal coffee we suggest Pandor Artisan Boulanger & Café, the perfect spot for a sit-down breakfast of eggs benedict or a Parisian omelet—or to grab a fresh decadent pastry to-go. No matter which way you prefer to start your day, you can be sure their exclusive blends of aromatic coffee and espresso beverages will hit the spot.

Popbar sign in Center City Anaheim

Indulge in all of the culinary treats Anaheim Packing House has to offer in Center City.

Try Something Cool

For the truly daring coffee drinkers, we suggest something a little cooler. Stop in to Pop Bar and treat yourself to a Popaccino. This sweet concoction is a blend of premium caramel coffee, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate flakes. Order the frozen hot chocolate or hot chocolate on a stick for the kids as non-caffeinated alternatives to the traditional recipes.

Frozen coffee on a stick at Popbar in Center City Anaheim.

Pop in to Popbar for frozen coffee on a stick – an original way to get your caffeine fix.

Beer For Breakfast? Yes, Please

Are you the breakfast all day type? Iron Press offers a non-traditional take on a classic morning menu item. Their sweet and savory sandwiches put two cooked-to-perfection waffles together with over a dozen fixings. From slow-roasted pulled pork to crispy fried chicken, the mouth-watering option will make it difficult to narrow down.

While Iron Press specializes in pairing these unique menu items with locally crafted beer, you can get your coffee fix with one of their special brews. Try a stout crafted with coffee from their regularly rotating tap and bottle list We suggest stopping in for Hoppy Hour Monday through Friday 3pm – 6pm to try their tots and waffle fries.

Crafted With Care

For the traditionalists, those who are just looking for the classic water poured over beans type, Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop is the ideal stop. Serving the rich and delicious flavors from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the baristas here are well-versed in everything from crafting the perfect cappuccino to pouring the perfect cup of cold brew coffee.

Ink and Bean cafe in Center City Anaheim.

Stop in to Ink and Bean Coffee Shop–one of Center City’s most popular coffee shops, for a piping hot cafe beverage.

Serving breakfast and lunch, you can enjoy a made-to-order meal or grab a delicious, fresh pastry to accompany your favorite beverage on-the-go. Grab a stool to enjoy free Wi-Fi or cozy up to a good book. And like a true classic coffee shop, live music comes with the territory. Stop in on the weekends for some tunes to set the tone for your day.

Unique New Year’s Resolutions

unique new year's resolutions to keep in center city anhaeim

Whether you’re the “stick to a regimen” type, or you’re just looking for some interesting ways to start the new year, we have a list of unique New Year’s Resolutions to get 2017 off on the right foot.

Learn Some New Tricks

Eating healthy is a resolution that we can all relate to, and CulinaryLab Cooking School is just the place to help make this happen. Located just outside Center City on Anaheim Blvd. sign up and enjoy some expert instruction to help you hone your skills in the kitchen. From single day home cooking classes, to full fledged pro level programs, this immersive, hands-on school offers chefs of every level the chance to make something delicious.

CulinaryLab in Center City Anaheim

Learn to cook new, delicious and healthy meals at CulinaryLab cooking studio in Center City Anaheim.

Sure everyone has health and fitness at the top of their self-improvement lists, but how about a way to get fit while having some fun? Sign up for a class at SwingIt Trapeze and soar high above the ground like a circus acrobat—all while getting a good workout. Professionals will teach you how to swing from the bars and fly through the sky in a safe and skilled environment. Impress your friends all while having the time of your life.

man practicing trapeze at Swing It Trapeze in Anaheim.

Get in shape while having fun–try your hand in trapeze at Swing It Trapeze in Anaheim.

Expand Your Vocabulary

Have a poem inside that want’s out? Need a little more time to finally finish that book? Make the second and fourth Thursday of every month your nights to write. Join the Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop Critique Group where all levels and genres are welcome. Get the support and camaraderie you need to keep putting words on the page.

Women catching up over coffee at Ink and Bean cafe in Anaheim.

Spend more time catching up with friends and investing in your relationships. Meet up at Ink and Bean Cafe.

The new year is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. Just outside the Ink & Bean is the Airstream Library, providing a unique spot for picking up a free paperback. Pop in and find a classic you’ve forgotten about or a new title you’ve never heard of. And if you have some books you’re tired of, donate them for others to enjoy.

Help Your Neighbors

In addition to improving the health of your body and mind, give your soul a healthy diet by volunteering your time. By opening Rockwood Apartments in 2016, Anaheim took a huge leap forward in solving the prevalent homeless problem in Southern California. By offering affordable housing this new complex has given those in need a new lease on life—literally. Help keep the positive momentum moving forward in 2017 by volunteering your time. Jamboree, the home-builder behind the Rockwood complex, is always looking for individuals or businesses to help serve the underserved. You can sign up for a single day of volunteer service or get involved to help your neighborhood on a regular basis. Find out how you can help by visiting the Jamboree volunteer page.

Start New Year’s Eve In Center City

Center City sparklers

Right about now you’re probably planning out your New Year’s Eve celebration. Luckily December 31 lands on a Saturday this year, so instead of cramming all of your fun in after work hours, you can spend the whole day enjoying Center City as you say goodbye to the old and hello to the new year.

There’s no reason to wait until January 1 to start your New Year’s Resolutions. Try kicking 2016 to the curb with a good workout. The Yoga Mat is offering two morning classes to help you stretch your mind and body—a great way to set your intentions for 2017. Or cross “creative cardio” off this year’s fitness to-do list with a visit to The Rinks for a few laps around the ice.

Anaheim Packing House sign with list of venues.

Stop on in the Anaheim Packing House for a good time this NYE.


For a little outdoor fun, grab the gang and find a place to play at Farmer’s Park. Adjacent to the Anaheim Packing District, this family-friendly space is has some comfy spots perfect for picnicking, Bocce ball courts up for grabs, and grassy areas ideal daydreaming about the year to come.

The Kroft cafe in the Anaheim Packing House.

The Kroft cafe in the Anaheim Packing House.

If your stomach starts rumbling, there’re a few great stops to get your pre-game going. Head into inside the Anaheim Packing District and browse over 20 artisan eateries to find the perfect stop to fuel up for the evening festivities. To get you in the celebratory spirit, head over to the Mezzanine Stage between noon and 2pm where Swingergy will be performing live jazz.

Healthy Junk cafe in Anaheim

Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies at Healthy Junk in Center City Anaheim.

For those who prefer to start the New Year’s countdown with a clean conscience, try Healthy Junk to curb your cravings. Stop in for lunch or a pre-celebration snack (they’ll be closing early on December 31). Or if you prefer to sip something festive and fill your belly with some tasty bites, pop by Gypsy Den Café + Bar during their daily Happy Hour from 3pm – 6pm.

"Eat Good, Feel Good" sign outside of Healthy Junk restaurant in Anaheim.

“Eat Good, Feel Good.” At yours truly – the Healthy Junk cafe in Center City Anaheim.

For college football fans, Saturday December 31 is more than just the end of the year countdown. It’s also a day to watch two bowl games. With 15 TVs, all day happy hour drink specials, and a menu filled with your favorites, Primo Sports Bar could be the place you start, and possibly even end, your New Year’s celebration.

Note: Primo Sports Bar & Grill has since officially closed down as of January 2017.

Bartenders serving up cocktails at the Gypsy Den.

Grab a cocktail at the Gypsy Den this NYE.

For families looking for one last hurrah to close out the year, or anyone wanting to send 2016 off with a bang, find a spot at Farmer’s Park or atop the parking structure near The Rinks around 8:45pm. At 9:00pm the Disneyland New Year’s Eve fireworks will light up the night sky—creating the perfect backdrop for making a wish or stealing a New Year’s Eve kiss.

Holiday Gifts For Your Entire List

holiday gifts for everyone on your list

Yes, holiday shopping can be difficult, but what if you could get something for everyone on your list in one fell swoop? Follow our list of gift ideas through Center City Anaheim and you’ll be sipping on warm cider while wrapping presents by the fire in no time.

Primped and Polished

Located in the heart of Center City are three inter-connected shops that specialize in classic gifts for men. Stock up on the latest trends in California “winter” clothing at The GOOD Haberdashery where you’ll find plaid shirts, wool socks, jackets and more from brands like Levi’s, Filson, and Pendleton. Then pop into Heart & Sole to round out the look with a timeless pair of shoes. To really make your significant mister feel special this holiday season, surprise him with a gift card to BARBEER, where he can get a classic shave while sipping on a cold brew—the crème de la crème of “gifts for him” this year.

women's hair salon remedy hair shoppe anaheim

Treat your loved one to a fresh look to start the new year off right at Remedy Hair Shoppe.

We all love to be pampered and Remedy Hair Shoppe is a perfect place for it. A great gift for women on your list is a gift card to this unique salon. Their list of services covers the beauty spectrum and prices are reasonable. Hair treatment and style is just $65 and a blow out is $45—or two for $50! The best part is ladies can sip on a glass of wine or champagne while enjoying the beauty service of their choice!

Woman showing off fresh, funky hair cut styled by Remedy Hair Shoppe.

Classic or fresh and funky: Remedy Hair Shoppe specializes in a spectrum of styles.

Pop Culture Junkies

There is really only one go-to source for the comic fans, collectors, or TV and movie buffs on your shopping list. Located right in the heart of Center City, Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium offers toys, comic books, and collectable items featuring beloved characters, artwork and themes from the most popular characters and story lines. Find perfect gifts for kids or any kid at heart. Top gift ideas include designer vinyl, T-shirts, plush items and even pop-culture themed snacks.

Storefront display of collectibles at Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium.

Peruse comic books, toys, and collectibles at Pop! Comics & Culture Emporium.

Creative Types

For the art buff in your life, we think they’ll love an annual membership to Muzeo. Just $50 gives the access to all the exhibits both galleries—even the must sees coming in 2017 like “Dressing Downton Abby” and “Pacific Standard Time.” Membership includes exclusive invites to receptions and events plus previews of what’s to come. For $150 you can get memberships for the whole family—including admission to 100+ museums nation-wide.

If you’re thinking something a little lower key, try popping into Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon & Wordshop. Any coffee aficionado will appreciate a case of their festively packaged “Winter Cheer” cold brew. Or, gift a bag of the “Snow Day” seasonal blend coffee beans to let the artsy introvert in your life snuggle up to a piping hot mug of joe at home. Much more than your average coffee shop, check out the long list of signature goods for sale—including sketch books, note pads, vintage typewriters, and a long list of specialty items and novelties. A gift card is a safe bet for any poets and writers on your shopping list—given the café’s ongoing writer’s workshops, write-in nights and other creative events hosted on site.

Hard-to-Buy-For

We all have them on our lists, those friends and family members who have everything. Don’t worry, we have a few solutions. For the fitness minded, try a gift card to The Yoga Mat. A five-day class package is $80 and they’ll have 90 days to stretch out the sessions.

Front exterior of the Yoga Mat Studio in Center City Anaheim.

Spread the zen this holiday season by giving the gift of yoga with Yoga Mat’s 5-class packages.

For the beer and wine connoisseur, there are a few great options in Center City. Grab a growler or six-pack of his or her favorite local brew at Anaheim Brewery. Or, create your own handcrafted holiday gift baskets with a collection of varietals from the Colony Wine Merchant and pairings from Center Street Cheese Shop.

Growlers of craft beer from the Anaheim Brewery.

Seasonal brews at Anaheim Brewery make the perfect holiday gift for the beer snob on your list.

Wine basket from Colony Wine Merchant at Center City Anaheim.

You can never go wrong with a nice bottle of wine from Colony Wine Merchant–put together a basket for an extra special touch.

If you still haven’t met your quota of holiday cheer, swing by the weekly Farmer’s Park Market and Craft Fair. Here you’ll find unique local and hand crafted goodies sure to stand out under the tree.

Holiday Activities for Everyone

holiday activity guide in Center City, Ahaheim

It’s the holiday season and Center City is lighting up with a full spectrum of fun. From the sparkle of the Christmas tree to the toot-toot of mini-trains, these holiday activities will quickly become your favorite annual traditions.

Get your holidays off to a sweet start with a stop at Popbar in the Anaheim Packing House. Indulge your taste buds in a delicious hot chocolate on a stick, available in dark, milk and white chocolate. This unique take on a traditional treat combines steamed milk with a frozen chocolate pop to create one mouth-watering mixture.

Popbar hot chocolate on a stick

Popbar’s hot chocolate on a stick is the perfect treat for a day filled with holiday cheer.

Next give your kids (or those kids at heart) a chance to experience the Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains exhibit. Sponsored by the Toy Train Operating Society and Train Collectors Association, this must-see mini display brings back memories of model trains meandering under the tree. The traditional Thomas the Train is surrounded by California landmarks, all set up to look just like a vintage Macy’s department store window.

Stay on the Muzeo holiday track on either December 2 or 10 for a Polar Express Pajama Party. Kids can come decked out in their bedtime best for a chance to snuggle up and enjoy a special viewing of The Polar Express staring Tom Hanks. Craft making, hot chocolate and treats round out the fun. The party lasts from 5:30pm – 8:30pm and drop offs are welcome for kids 8 and up.

You definitely don’t want to miss your chance to see Center City light up for one special night. On December 3 the 22nd annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village brings the season to life with tons of free fun. From 10am – 7pm enjoy crafts, shows, shopping, and of course a photo with Santa! Teach the kids how to make a snowball or hop on a train ride. Then be sure to stick around to ooh and ahh as the 50-foot Christmas tree comes alive with light at 6pm.

Looking for more sounds of the season? Stop by Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center on December 4 and fill up on Christmas carols and yummy treats during the Holiday Tea and Celtic Christmas Show. From 2pm – 4:30pm sip hot cider, snack on savory tea sandwiches, and scones while the Starlight Carolers and the delightful Celtic Christmas bring the season alive.

Celtic Christmas Show details in Center City Anaheim

It’s a Celtic Christmas wonderland! Enjoy tea and treats while listening to the sweet sound of carolers singing your holiday favorites.

If you still have the time—or energy—to take in one more seasonal specialty, add a little skate (or slide) around the ice to your list of holiday traditions. The Rinks Anaheim Ice offers pubic skating Saturdays from 1pm–3pm, 7pm–9pm, and a late-night session from 9:30pm–11:30pm for the night owls. Beginners welcome.

Girl having fun ice skating at The Rinks.

Ice skating at The Rinks in sunny Center City Anaheim is a December must-do for conjuring up all of the holiday feels.


Get directions to find your way around Anaheim to the holiday activities shared in this post.

Let’s Give Thanks

Best macaroni and cheese from Center City Anaheim

We went in search of the ultimate comfort food in Center City Anaheim for a little Thanksgiving meal inspiration—and we were not disappointed. We also learned a valuable lesson in the process: there is no such thing as bad macaroni and cheese. Some are better than others, and some are more exotic, and some barely resemble the old standby Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the reassuring blue box, but it’s all good. So we tracked down the best mac and cheese dishes in and around the Packing District to help you complete your holiday menu.

Georgia’s Restaurant

Georgia’s in the Packing House is a real-deal, honest-to-goodness Southern restaurant and we had high hopes for their cheesy creation. Again, it’s only a side dish here, but when you accompany it with golden fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens, and corn bread, it pretty much checks all the boxes for comfort food, and everything here tastes fresh and homemade.

Georgia's Restaurant mac and cheese dish.

‘Soulful Sides’ mac & cheese dish with a half rack of St. Louis BBQ Ribs and corn on the cob from Georgia’s Restaurant.

Primo Sports Bar & Grill

Back over on the Center Street Promenade you’ll find Primo Sports Bar & Grill (formerly Cafe Primo, who formerly served an exquisite lobster macaroni and cheese, but let’s try not to think about that). Their latest version of mac ‘n’ cheese comes as a glorious main dish topped with crispy bacon. Now we’re getting somewhere. Elbow macaroni, toasty bread crumbs, bacon bits, and chives take this dish up a notch. Bonus order: they also serve bacon mac ‘n’ cheese balls if you don’t want a meal or if you prefer spherical food.

Note: Primo Sports Bar & Grill has since officially closed down as of January 2017.

Primo Sports Bar's 'Bacon Mac N' Cheese' dish

Primo Sports Bar’s ‘Bacon Mac N’ Cheese’ with bread crumbs, bacon bits, and chives.

The Kroft

The Kroft (in the Packing House) dials up the heat on their Chili Mac ‘N’ Cheese with macaroni, cheese sauce, chili, bacon, herb breadcrumbs, and green onions. Again, this one’s only a side dish, but a hearty one at that.

Chili Mac N Cheese from The Kroft

Mac and Cheese with chili, bacon, herb breadcrumbs, and green onions at The Kroft restaurant.

The Blind Rabbit

This list would be woefully incomplete without including the enigmatic Blind Rabbit. This speakeasy bar is in the Packing House and is hidden behind a wall of sake barrels downstairs next to the hot pot restaurant. Look for the tiny brass rabbit for your way in, but be sure you have a reservation, the secret password, and an appetite for exotic food and craft cocktails. If you remember nothing else about your day in Center City, you’ll remember the Duck Confit Mac & Cheese. With savory duck, al dente cavatappi macaroni, and a three-cheese béchamel sauce, topped with shaved Parmesan and fried garlic bits, this is one that raises the bar.

Primo Sports Bar in Center City Anaheim.

Chow down on cheesy noodles and craft brews at Primo Sports Bar in Center City Anaheim.

You can find directions to Anaheim’s restaurants with the best macaroni and cheese here.

Artists Unite At Night

Anaheim Art Crawl Experience

If you’re looking to bring a little culture into your life, or just want a fresh way to experience Center City, this month’s Art Crawl Experience might be just the ticket. Once a quarter local DIY aficionados, art enthusiasts, and crafters converge for a night of artistic exploration.

Art Crawl craft stand

Indie craft fair stand at previous Anaheim Art Crawl Experience event.

Saturday, November 12 from 6pm to 10pm stroll and view public artwork, pop into pop-up galleries or tour some of Center City’s more traditional style museums. The brainchild of artists and community leaders, this unique art walk is a great way to view a variety of creative works in a fun, casual atmosphere.

If you haven’t taken it in already, the Art Crawl is a perfect opportunity for a self guided tour of the “Art of Anaheim.” Start at Center Street Promenade and wander down the road, looking for the circular plaques that signify a public work of art. Highlights include Peter Shires’ “The Neighborhood” installation or the “Hammer Clock,” which stands 12 feet high on the corner of Clementine and Promenade.

Not your typical local holiday craft fair, the Art Crawl Experience is packed with live entertainment, food trucks and more. Of course for those who love good DIY craftsmanship and home-made handiwork, there are rows of locally hand-made creations in the indie art area. These carefully crafted treasures are perfect for getting a jump start on that holiday wish list.

Jewelry stand at craft festival

Craft jewelry stand at Art Crawl event in Center City Anaheim.

Even the local shops get in to the artsy spirit during this event. Many of your favorite haunts will play host to pop up galleries, giving you a chance to take in the view at a variety of venues. For a more traditional art tour experience, local galleries like Joy Art Gallery, Promenade Gallery, Center Gallery and more will be open for touring.

If you plan to have the kiddos in tow, or you just feel like waxing a little holiday nostalgic, stop by Muzeo. This night will kick off the second annual Holiday Model Trains Exhibit presented by the Toy Train Operating Society and Train Collectors Association.

To make getting here even easier, the Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) is offering complimentary passes during the Art Crawl Experience. Don’t miss the last Art Crawl Experience of 2016. For a complete list of artists, visit: http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience