Fullerton's revived historic downtown has grown into a major dining and nightlife destination, while retaining its vintage appeal. Here's what to explore in this Orange County city just north of Anaheim.
1. The Twisted Vine Wine Bar
With brick walls and an exposed wood beam ceiling, The Twisted Vine creates a warm atmosphere for savoring California wines that warrant pairing with charcuterie and an irresistible baked brie.
Though hardly reckless, Orange County restaurant scene veteran chef Cody Storts definitely goes for broke with such appetizers as his escargot toast, not to mention the 120-day dry-aged rib-eye entree. *Note: closed until February 2020
3. J’s Korean Cuisine
Founded by a trio of aviation professionals, this casual spot for Korean fusion lets you save on the airfare to Seoul. Bite into soy garlic wings, or go for the East-meets-West hybrids like bibimbap burritos.
4. 100 North Kitchen + Lounge
Combining a speakeasy decor with a menu infused by local farm ingredients, 100 North has earned a devoted following. Some love it for the pan-seared scallops; others come for impeccably crafted cocktails.
5. Hapa Cupcakes & Cakes
This gourmet bakery proves that cupcakes aren’t just child’s play. With tempting, alcohol-infused varieties like chocolate whiskey raspberry and Kahlua mocha, Hapa Cupcakes & Cakes has plenty for grown-ups too.
6. Fullerton Museum Center
Housed in a 1941 Spanish Colonial building, the Fullerton Museum Center is the place to discover the many sides of this historic citrus community. One exhibit celebrates the legacy of legendary guitar maker Leo Fender.
7. Fox Fullerton Theatre
Even as this 1925 movie palace awaits a full restoration, the Fox—designed by architect Raymond M. Kennedy— remains a vital part of downtown. It now hosts screenings, as well as events during Fullerton’s first Friday Art Walk.