‘Hoods: Going Global in Fountain Valley

Two new restaurants are bringing international fusion fare to this busy corner of Fountain Valley, near the border of Huntington Beach.

Cambalache Grill | Executive chef Leo Razo marries Argentine and Italian food at this restaurant that opened in December. This means pizza ($13 to $14), empanadas ($2.50), paella ($23), and caprese salad ($10). There’s a lovely covered patio, and a tiny shop inside sells everything from dried pasta to Argentina fútbol jerseys. 8780 Warner Ave., 714-375-3305, cambalachegrill.com

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Urban Aerial Fitness | In the front room of this studio, aerial artists make use of silks and hoops hanging from the rafters. In the back room, pole‑fitness fans twirl around eight 15- to 17-foot poles. Students learn climbing techniques, poses, and routines they can practice during open sessions. 8780 Warner Ave., 714‑502-4983, urbanaerialfitness.com

Sofra Urbana | Last summer, this former pizza shop transformed into a sophisticated Bosnian-Italian restaurant. Diners still order hand-tossed pizzas ($5 to $27.50). They also indulge in burek—flaky phyllo dough filled with cheese, spinach, or beef ($8 to $9)—and chevapi, house-made sausages on a soft bun
($7 to $13.50).
17098 Magnolia St., 714-843-3233, sofraurbana.com

A Snail’s Pace | The salespeople at this running shop don’t just sell shoes. They interview customers about their running habits, analyze their feet, and even watch them run down the sidewalk to make sure their purchases fit right. The store also hosts running clubs, self-defense classes for joggers, and “pub runs” to local bars. 8780 Warner Ave., 714‑842‑2337, asnailspace.net

 

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