Credit: The Irvine Company / Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen
Credit: The Irvine Company / Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen

8 Delicious Reasons We Love Brea and Fullerton

We Hope You Brought Your Appetite!

Thinking of venturing into North OC? Or maybe this is already your neck of the woods? Whether you’re a local or visitor, Fullerton and Brea are home to an abundance of culinary destinations for you to explore! From the decor to the dishes, these are our eight favorite places to indulge in Brea and Fullerton. Best Restaurants Fullerton

 

Noodle Street

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With over 15 different noodle dishes, Noodle Street is undoubtedly the perfect spot to get your slurp on! The menu includes favorites like their Signature Beef Noodle, highlighting beef shank seasoned with Chinese herbs. While noodles may be the star of the show, their beef roll pancakes and juicy pork buns are not to be missed. Expect a crowd during weekday lunchtime as the nearby colleges have coined this as a midday favorite.

Location: Fullerton

Best Restaurants Fullerton 

The Cellar

You’ll have to venture into a “basement” for this one. The Cellar is a true hidden gem of Fullerton, located below the historic Villa Del Sol and designed by the same craftsman who created the wondrous Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The venue itself is worth the visit, but the dining experience will blow you away. Balancing European elegance from the restaurant’s inception in 1969 and modern innovation, the menu features staples like filet mignon, escargot and truffle macaroni and cheese.

Location: Fullerton

 

Heroes Bar and Grill

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Heroes is well-known in the Fullerton community and for good reason. It boasts 119 beers on tap, hearty food and best of all—charm! This bar is filled with memorabilia, spanning from string lights to a taxidermied moose head. While drinking your favorite beer, be sure to indulge in their chili nachos. If you’re looking for a more traditional meal, they also have a fantastic selection of burgers, including a mouthwatering pastrami burger.

Location: Fullerton

Best Restaurants Fullerton 

Tempo Urban Kitchen

 

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Tempo Urban Kitchen may be just the place if you like your food and drinks with a bit of spice. One of the many Mr. Tempo restaurants in SoCal, Tempo Urban Kitchen features modern Mexican cuisine with a little extra pizazz. Take, for example, their margarita flight that comes with a sparkler, hot Cheetos roll or deconstructed quesadilla. When you walk in and are greeted by their tequila and whiskey table, you know it’s going to be a fun time!

Location: Brea

 

Early Bird

Don’t let the strip mall location fool you—Early Bird has one of the best breakfast/brunch menus in all of Orange County. This diner serves a variety of dishes all made from scratch and features housemade syrups and artisanal breads from OC Baking Company. Chef Vic’s Chilaquiles Verdes and Frank’s Country Chicken and Waffle are just a few of their signature dishes sure to delight even the not-so “early birds.”

Location: Fullerton

Pickled Monk

Downtown Fullerton’s newest addition, Pickled Monk, has quickly become a hotspot. Its unique self-service beer and wine tap system features dozens of options from local breweries. This pour-your-own system comes in handy for those that like to try everything before settling on a favorite. They also have a great food selection with everything from fish tacos and fried chicken to donuts, and of course, fried pickles!

Location: Fullerton

Best Restaurants Fullerton 

Egg Bred

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Serving breakfast, lunch and more, Egg Bred offers an array of sandwiches that incorporate eggs in a unique and flavorful way. They use cage-free eggs, grind their own meats and locally source other essential ingredients. Each sandwich is held together in a buttery, Japanese milk bun that tastes just as good as it photographs. The dining room itself is bright and fun, covered in egg-themed doodles and puns. This place is basically an Instagrammer’s dream!

Location: La Habra

Best Restaurants Fullerton 

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

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Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen has a menu that will have you coming back again and again to try each dish (and cocktail!). Their tacos and guacamole are absolute musts, but save room for the Fresh Seafood Caldo, featuring fish, shrimp, clams and squid. On to the drinks, the Pepino (cucumber) Martini is a unique and refreshing cocktail that features chile syrup for a hint of spice. The venue itself is very spacious, with plenty of outdoor seating and colorful decor.

Location: Brea

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Reyes is a graduate of Hope International University with degrees in General Management (BA) and Marketing Management (MBA). She loves visiting new and trendy restaurants, pop-ups, lounges, etc. Exploring Southern California keeps her busy!

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