Photographs by Melissa Valladares
If you think of Downtown Fullerton as nothing more than a spot for vintage shopping and bar hopping, think again. An increasing number of creative restaurants and outside-the-box boutiques have opened recently alongside the thrift stores, making it an ideal spot for Saturday night dinner or a Sunday day trip.
The popular Long Beach restaurant brought Korean and Mexican fusion fare to Fullerton in January. Try the spicy pork torta ($10) with bulgogi and kimchi or the Seoul tacos ($2.75 each) with kimchi salsa. 114 W. Commonwealth Ave., 714-446-8680, seoulmatedtf.com
Southern-style comfort food rules at this new spot for brunch and dinner. Think buttermilk biscuits with brown-sugar butter ($4), fried pork cutlets with chipotle gravy ($16), and, of course, buttery grits ($4). 133 W. Chapman Ave., 714-449-0939, gritsfullerton.com
Owners Oliver and Liz McTan curate this shop’s selection of jackets, backpacks, water bottles, Pendleton items, and other necessities for outdoor adventurers. 217 N. Harbor Blvd., 657-248-7491, wanderoutfitters.com
Furry Belly Deli
Organic and raw treats for dogs and cats share space at this upscale pet shop with eco-friendly toys, collars, beds, and clothes from popular brands such as Isle of Dogs and Dr. Harvey’s. 106½ N. Harbor Blvd., 657-217-1566, furrybellydeli.com