Four Spots to Check Out in Orange Right Now

Worthwhile spots have sprouted up near Honda Center.
Photograph courtesy of Sauced BBQ & Spirits

Sauced BBQ & Spirits
The first SoCal location of a Northern California minichain specializes in slow-smoked, Southern-style barbecue. Ribs, brisket, wings, and pulled pork come in plates and combos ($18 to $38) with sides such as cornbread, waffle fries, and baked beans. Patrons enjoy rotating taps serving beer from the restaurant’s brewing company and local brewers including Chapman Crafted Beer in the large outdoor seating area. 1535 W. Katella Ave., 714-639-9104

Anchor Bar & Restaurant West
It’s widely believed that Buffalo wings were invented at the Buffalo, New York, location of this restaurant in 1964. Since then, other locations have popped up, but none in California—until this spot opened early this year. The menu focuses on wings, which you can get boneless or traditional-style with a dozen sauces. The kitchen also makes meatless wings ($14) and cauliflower wing bites ($9). 1547 W. Katella Ave., 714-944-8034

Prime Cut Café
This local favorite has all the trappings of a traditional steakhouse: cozy booths, low lighting, and dark-wood wine racks along the walls. Prime rib, filet mignon, strip steak, and prime hanger steak ($30 to $45) are the main attraction, but the hamburgers ($16 to $19), with beef that’s ground in-house, also have a loyal following. Specialty martinis ($10) dominate the drinks menu, and many wines are available by the glass and half-glass. 1547 W. Katella Ave., 714-532-4300

Hangar 18
Ownership of this climbing gym changed last summer, even though the sign outside still says Factory Bouldering. Despite the shift, visitors can still enjoy more than 9,000 square feet of climbing walls, including four bouldering sections where you can climb without a rope, along with a fitness area and member lounge. Climbing is available by appointment only for now, and membership is required ($54 per month). 1547 W. Struck Ave., 657-282-0074

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