OC Sunsets: Top 5 Middle Eastern Restaurants in Orange County

We see it all the time on the news…from Iran to Syria the Middle East just can’t get a good wrap…unless that wrap is filled schwarma!

Don’t let bad politics daunt you, these Middle Eastern spots in OC are some of the funnest and most flavorful places to be.
1. Villa Garden, Buena Park

Under new ownership, this restaurant and party venue serves huge portions of your favorite dishes. They also offer top live entertainment Fridays-Sundays! 

Check out their fattoush 

2. El Mahroosa Cafe and Lounge, Anaheim

Though not as luxurious as some of its hookah-lounge neighbors, El Mahroosa has some of the tastiest options in the most authentic Egyptian style. Its late night hours will satisfy your food and hookah cravings on a whim.

Favorite pick: vegetarian platter

3. Raoushi, Garden Grove

Named after a famous rock in Lebanon (for real, a rock), this restaurant’s ambience looks like a Beirut beach. Most of the seating is outdoor surrounded by Corinthian-esque columns and palm trees. 

Favorite pick: Greek salad + side of hummus 

4. Nara Bistro, Anaheim 

This spot has perpetual DJ nights, and is the perfect place for a Monday turn up after party. They’re open until 4 am most nights and can accommodate larger parties.

5. Forn El Hara

This is the best, underestimated breakfast/lunch spot in the Little Arabia district. Forn El Hara is a staple for anyone craving authentic mana’eesh (flatbread). (Side note mana’eesh is a nice hangover remedy for all you post-partiers, so try this after your wild nights at Heat Nightclub :p) 

OC Sunsets: Downtown Fullerton 

So it’s 8 o’clock and your evening plans to drive an hour out to some concert fell through…nothing says a laid-back night (cuz let’s face it, you can’t hang anymore) like downtown Fullerton.
If you’re willing to brave sporadic traffic on the 57, the trip to downtown Fullerton is well worth those few extra moments of road rage.
First of all, there’s free and abundant parking. Not to mention like 10 bars in walking distance. Though, if you’re planning to hit all 10 you should probably Uber…
Visit every third Thursday of the month for an out door farmer’s market with local produce and live music.
If clubs aren’t your thing anymore stop by Matador Cantina for drinks and a lively but mature crowd.
Grab a pick-me-up from Night Owl Cafe (they actually offer hemp milk as a sub!!).
If you’re feeling spendy stop by Roadkill Ranch for a rockabilly inspired dress or your next Coachella wardrobe.
And best all, pick up an animal cracker donut from Zombee Donuts on your way in or out.