Best New Restaurants 2022: Roxy’z Wows in Anaheim

Photographs by Emily J. Davis


fter 35 years in the game, Zov Karamardian’s now-familiar name is synonymous with delectable. Yet her newest venture bears another name—Roxy’z. After going dark for months, Zov’s Anaheim location resurfaced as a breezy watering hole named for her mother, the reputed family renegade. Large prints of historic Anaheim places, moments, and Mickey Mouse surround the sun-splashed interior. There’s even one of a smiling Roxy in 1958. A hip list of scratch cocktails and rotating taps of local brews anchor the reimagined corner bar in this increasingly urbanized zone. Front-loaded with shareable appetizers, the menu supports impromptu gatherings and drop-in dining. Petite tostadas recall zesty shrimp-avocado ceviche. Onion strings ride beside sweet-spicy baby back ribs that easily release their sticky meat. Under meaty slabs of Duroc pork belly lives velvety hummus dotted with harissa and pliant pita for scooping. Pizzas are the menu’s super-power. It’s a new category for team Zov, and all five—including the Meatza Pizza—are marvelous. There’s a wicked burger: superb ground chuck, charbroiled, and simply adorned with superior cheddar on toasted brioche. Roxy’z offers a worthy happy hour, weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. It’s slated to expand for baseball season.

1801 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim 714-280-9687

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