Cheers to Warmer Weather, Cool Drinks and Delicious Eats
Written By: Gabrielle Abenoja
Photographed By: Donny Doquisa The FIFTH in Anaheim
There’s something exhilarating about stepping into an elevator, riding all the way up to the rooftop bar and exiting just in time to see the famed Orange County sunset. It’s quintessentially Californian. The sky, decorated with hues of hazy pinks, oranges and slight hints of purple welcome you into the evening as you get comfortable and order a drink. As you wave goodbye to the last bits of sunshine and welcome in the dark blanket of the evening, you get acquainted with the menu. This is our favorite part.
To round out the beautiful experience is Executive Chef Cesar Pinacho and his focus to source and prep only the most quality ingredients, “with the respect the ingredients deserve.” From the tap list to the small plates, Chef Cesar ensures that with each bite, you’re getting the full Southern California experience.
Q: Tell us about The FIFTH.
Cesar Pinacho: The FIFTH just celebrated it’s first year as Anaheim’s only rooftop restaurant and bar, located on top of Grand Legacy At The Park hotel and directly across the street from the Disneyland Resort. It’s 5,000 square feet of a priceless experience. You can cozy up to a fire pit, enjoy the priceless views of the Anaheim skyline, the Disneyland Resort and one of the best firework displays in the nation. There’s even live entertainment from singer/songwriter to jazz to rock. There’s a bit of everything on this roof.
Q: We know that small plates pack big, big flavor. What types of dishes can we expect from the new menu?
CP: A variety! There’s the Roasted Pear Salad to the P.E.I Mussels to the Chorizo Mac & Cheese. Two of our signature dishes we’re especially proud of are the Edamame Falafel with jalapeño, cilantro and lemon cured, and The FIFTH Paella made with five ingredients; farro risotto, a saffron beurre blanc sauce, Spanish chorizo, pork and mussels. And the desserts—finish off your night with one of our must-have desserts like the Salted Caramel Crème Brulee and delicious Mini Doughnuts with ganache or raspberry sauce.
Q: What types of seasonal ingredients are you looking forward to offering with your new desserts?
CP: Our dessert menu will be selective, with the idea of having rotating options to create a seasonal dessert menu to pair with the current outdoor atmosphere. Profiteroles will be one of our first desserts; a seasonal fruit homemade ice cream fused with one or two more flavors. For the summer, I’m looking to offer a fig ice cream with pearls of boysenberry, the fusion of two cultures of flavors.
Q: What is your drink of choice?
CP: Heat Wave, from our seasonal signature cocktail menu.
Our mixologists get the temperature rising by muddling jalapenos, pouring on some of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with a splash of lime and lemon juice and a heavy pour of ginger beer. They top off the drink with some crushed ice, angostura bitters and a sprig of mint and a lemon slice.
Q: Let’s say you’re on a blind date, what are three small plates you’d order off the new menu that would win their heart? Or at least a second date.
CP: There’s a lot to choose from. Personally, I would start with our Charcuterie Board and Brie Fonduta. Paired with our mood lighting and fire pits, you’re sure to win your date over with just this first plate. Then move on to the Edamame Falafel with Hispanic roots. I would recommend pairing each of these with one of our signature or seasonal cocktails that our mixologists have cleverly created to pair with the new menu and seasons. Finish off the date with our P.E.I Mussels with Spanish dry chorizo and a grilled bread to soak in the rich buttery tomato broth. Stay later and surprise your date with a spectacular view of the Disneyland Resort firework show overhead from the best view in Anaheim.
Native Knowledge: After 10 p.m. The FIFTH becomes 18 and over, bringing a new meaning to nightlife in the Anaheim area. On select Thursdays, local bands from every genre perform in a Battle of the Bands styled format—each band plays a mini set and at the end of the night, a winner/crowd favorite is declared. It’s a groovin’ time. Cover charge is $8-10.
Grand Legacy At The Park
1650 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
Head to The FIFTH in Anaheim Because Everything Tastes Better on a Rooftop