Downtown Fullerton is about three miles south of my house — and five miles north of Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. I don’t want to say that the restaurants around Disneyland are all horrible, but if they’re not horrible, they’re horribly crowded. Plus, a lot of them have stupid names. So if you’re visiting Mickey, Goofy and the gang, let me just say: better you than me. And: if you want really good food, get on Harbor Boulevard and head north.

Some of my local favorites:

The Burger Parlor: Okay, quick: what is the best burger you’ve ever eaten? These are way better. The buns are homemade and the beef is flown in from Wyoming. As a bonus, you can bring in your own wine. What are you waiting for? Go! (Note: The Burger Parlor, formerly a pop-up restaurant, is now open seven days a week in its new location, 204 N Harbor Blvd.)

The Pint House: This place was recommended by a family with four young kids. How can you not a love a child-friendly place with a beer reference in its name? Anyway, it’s got pub food that’s far better than most and a great big patio that is probably raucous after ten p.m. but that is low-key, quiet and comfortable at dinner. Man, I’m getting old.

Kentro Greek Kitchen: Do not confuse this place with Daphne’s. Ever. True, you order at the counter and they deliver your food, but it’s a “real” restaurant, with excellent service, an airy, urban atmosphere, and interesting, tasty Greek food. Lamb flatbread: Mmm. Next time I want to try the moussaka.

Sushi Momo: Pretty good sushi. Really good rolls. Somehow the service improved when their Sunnycrest building got knocked down and they moved downtown.

Matador Cantina: There’s a lot of good Mexican food around. There’s also a lot of mediocre Mexican food around. The Matador has delicious burritos, tacos, salad and more that is (slightly) lighter and (a lot) more interesting than the usual. Friends rave about their margaritas, and I like the comfy booths.

Other Fullerton restaurants I like:

Les Amis: Tasty Lebanese food in a cafe setting (now serving wine and beer)

Cafe Hidalgo: Spanish and Latin American food in a historic Spanish building

Beyond downtown:

El Camino Real: Rumor has it that Kobe Bryant’s (soon to be ex-) wife makes (made) him drive all the way from L.A. to pick up authentic Mexican food from this strip mall spot. There are so many things I could say about that … but I won’t.

Jinga: Korean barbecue near Cal State Fullerton

The Greenhouse Cafe: Fresh salads and interesting sandwiches in a cozy setting make this a perfect lunch spot.

Phans55 Vietnamese Bistro and Bar: Delicious, interesting, guilt-free food in a sleek yet comfortable setting. Try the ahi spring rolls — mmm.