Photograph by Melissa Valladares
On the edge of Garden Grove’s Korean Business District, auto dealerships, cafes, and day spas dominate the landscape. But a strip mall at Brookhurst Street and Garden Grove Boulevard stands out for its quiet, low-key atmosphere—and for its newest tenants, a seafood restaurant and a gelato bar.
Try Vietnamese Cajun-style seafood—such as king crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, and clams (market price), along with Cajun stirfry ($9)—at this spot that looks like a submarine, portholes and all. 10130 Garden Grove Blvd., 714-534-9888, submarinecrab.com
The house-made gelato comes in traditional flavors, such as pistachio, but also in fun ones such as Shirley Temple and Thai tea ($3.75 for two scoops). Have some folded into a doughnut ($5), topped with cereal (50 cents), or as a pop ($3). 10130 Garden Grove Blvd., 714-462-1720, frozenbar.net
At this DIY restaurant, the thinly sliced meat and seafood come with plenty of veggies, miso or sukiyaki broth, and peanut and ponzu sauce ($11 to $30). If you’re a shabu newbie, friendly servers will help you cook it up. 10130 Garden Grove Blvd., 714-590-6129
The techs specialize in over-the-top nail art at this spotless spa, where each pedicure station has an iPad. Dress up your gels with sparkly gems, glitter, detailed flowers, or seasonal themes. Easter eggs, anyone? 10120 Garden Grove Blvd., 657-233-5220