8 Restaurants in Fullerton & Brea That Will Make Your Mouth Water

Find Your Flavor in Fullerton & Brea

Written By: Raphael Madrid restaurants in fullerton

If you think that you’ve ran out of places to eat in the Fullerton/Brea area on your night out on the town, well think again because we can bet that you might have yet to try a few spots that have made our list of favorite eateries. Spoiler Alert: Many of these restaurants are Sunday brunch friendly. We love brunch.

restaurants in fullerton

Hopscotch Tavern

Wait, are you telling me that Hopscotch has amazing food if you’re there early enough? Yes, Hopscotch Tavern is more than just a popular whiskey bar in the heart of Fullerton’s downtown district, they’ve got an extensive menu of shareables, burgers and entrees that would satisfy any picky party. Their Haystack Burger has melted cheddar cheese, a fried egg, Applewood smoked bacon, a crispy potato nest, caramelized onions lettuce, tomato, housemade pickles and garlic aioli mayo that makes for an undeniable pleasure. “Our comfortable cabin feel is what our patrons love and as long as the smiles are flowing then we know we are doing something right,” said owner Morry Robatian.

Native Knowledge: Their social hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and all day Sunday is a great way to wind down for lower prices.

136 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832

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Zombee Donuts

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to visit because this place is spooky year round. Born out of influence from popular post apocalyptic TV shows and world renowned donut shop Voodoo Donuts, Zombee Donuts in Fullerton is the most uniquely themed donut shop in the area. With creatively named treats like Cereal Killers or Rabies Babies, you’ll be both intrigued and foaming at the mouth for these donuts. Here you’ll find vegan donuts—which a customer, Tina, tells me is “absolutely worth a try even if you aren’t vegan. You won’t really know the difference.”

Native Knowledge: There’s a good chance they sell out of a majority of their donuts on busy mornings.

802 E Chapman
Fullerton, CA 92831

restaurants in fullerton

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, or JFAT for short, is not your typical small restaurant chain. With bold flavors being a focus, incorporating ingredients like roasted pimento cheese, chipotle ketchup and jalapeno jam, this hip tavern is sure to be a solid choice for a night out in Brea. They also have an extensive Brunch menu with over the top dishes and bloody marys that make it one of Brea’s most popular weekend spots. Managing Partner David Wilhem says to be sure to give the Cowboy Burger a try, “Our Cowboy Burger [was] recently named one of the top 10 burgers in Orange County,” said Wilhelm.

Native Knowledge: Their happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and has an extensive menu for more bang for your buck!

3325 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92823


Grits Fullerton

Three Words: Bone. Marrow. Waffles. The unlikely combination of savory and sweet is better than you could ever imagine. Grits Fullerton is known to have some unique flavor pairings you will not find anywhere else—after all, they do say “Dining in Fullerton Needs a Kick in the Ass.” But the taste of the food isn’t the only appealing thing about Grits: everything you order comes styled like it’s ready to be photographed for Vogue, so don’t be ashamed to snap away!

Native Knowledge: Their menu is ever evolving so there is plenty to enjoy.

133 W Chapman Ave, Ste 102
Fullerton, CA 92832

Pie Dog

A semi-hidden gem within Fullerton’s downtown area, this spot is a little bit of a walk from the vicinity of the nightly bar hoppers, making it a nice cove away from the waves of people roaming the streets. Pie Dog is an excellent gastropub with a variety of food and craft beer options, boasting good vibes all around. Customer, Alyssa tells me that “the bartenders are super sincere and awesome to talk to.” The menu is simple: burgers, hot dogs, wings but with delicious twists for you to get behind. Try the Hotbox loaded with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Native Knowledge: There is awesome street art along the walls for your viewing pleasure.

229 E Commonwealth Ave, Ste A
Fullerton, CA 92832




This “Far East Chicken Shop” has some of the absolute best Korean-style fried chicken you’ve ever had. Juicy, flavorsome and the sandwich is quite possibly too big for you to finish in one sitting. The menu is almost as simple as In ‘N Out—chicken sandwich (original or spicy), wings and tenders. With that simplicity, they can put their sole focus on perfecting what they have on the menu, and they don’t disappoint. Richard, a regular, holds it in high regard saying “their chicken is in my top five.” Also, their side of “Shake Fries” is a simple fries-in-a-bag concept that allows you to season your fries in spices as generously as you please.

Native Knowledge: Try the variety of house made condiments they have on hand.

1201 S Euclid St, Ste B
Fullerton, CA 92832


Macallans Public House

Macallans is a unique Irish pub with a certain modern appeal that grabs your attention at first entry. With brick walls and warm lighting, the room feels instantly welcoming, and if you’re lucky there will be a live band jamming in the corner. They pair classic European bar food such as pretzels, fish and chips and sliders with unique handcrafted cocktails, whiskey and craft beers, making this one of the more unparalleled restaurants in the area.

Native Knowledge: Always ask about the “Secret Menu” specials not on the menu in case you want to be especially adventurous.

330 W Birch St
Brea, CA 92821

Tempo Urban Kitchen

Like the majority of the restaurants on this list, Tempo Urban Kitchen serves unbelievably delectable pairings of food and drinks that will leave you coming back for a second, third and fourth visit. This hot spot has a rustic/modern wooden interior with a skylight at the center of the room with warm, vintage bulbs hanging, ideal for date night or a night out with your closest friends. Customer, Nancy says, “Come for the food, but stay for the killer ambiance.” Their short rib and pork belly options are a crowd favorite, and their shareable plates will keep your entire party’s tummies happy.

Native Knowledge: They have a “Specials” section for inexpensive, quick bite options if that’s what you’re looking for.

1060 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821

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