Anaheim >House Of Blues
Sound sound sound. I've seen some amazing shows here. Built to Spill (twice). Joe Jackson. The Dismemberment Plan. I have never been disappointed with the sound quality, nor the grand decor. Ticket prices aren't too steep. For any dishearted citizen of Orange County, who feels they are lacking in a good concert memories, make the HOB you first good concert memory.
Luke-Warm Recommendation for Gospel Brunch. I love the HOB. I've been a frequent customer both at the Anaheim and Sunset venues. So, when I was looking for a place to take my fun-loving extended family to brunch, I thought the HOB Anaheim would be perfect for them. Regretfully, I have to say that I was not impressed with the food, drinks, and overall presentation. I'm not a picky eater, by any means. Started off with a Bloody Mary that tasted more like a tomato slushy, it was a meal unto itself. I expected more fresh items and more desserts. You get the traditional mac 'n' cheese, potatoes, omelette bar...but only two desserts were offered (bread pudding and a plate of cookies)and their fresh fruit was in one bowl that looked like left-overs from the 10am seating. We enjoyed the music, although extremely loud.
This member of the Blues Brothers' growing family sticks to the world-famous formula of Deep South sensibilities and first-rate entertainment..
A key aspect of the HOB's popularity has been its ability to capture the irresistible charm and eclectic, down-home look of its Southern roots. This version is no different, with a jambalaya mix of innate artwork and a realistic down-on-the-Delta configuration that's part saloon, playhouse and church. It's a smaller, more intimate version than the L.A. HOB, offering a decent-sized dance floor, numerous full bars, a restaurant serving soul-food classics, an outdoor lounge upstairs and an outdoor patio downstairs. Although the picturesque spot is a treat, the best thing HOB has to offer is its amazing sound system that draws the best in all music genres.
It's behind the Orange curtain and on Disney's land so don't expect the vibe to be as funky and slick as its Sunset Strip sibling. But the crowd should be somewhat hip and stylish in an O.C.-super-casual kind of way.
Good Lunch Spot, Good For People Watching. LOL, I am glad I am not an Angelino. I sat outside on the patio to have lunch on a day when many were standing in line waiting for a table inside because at 60 degrees they were freezing. Service was so-so, the waiters seemed confused as to who was waiting on who. Ordered their Blues Burger which wasn't bad...fries were a little cold. Had a Moonshine speciality drink, it's now one of my faves. One new waitress stopped by to chat and literally talked my ear off while I tried to eat. Fun spot to watch people passing by. The flower fountain nearby will spew water high into the air so don't sit too close to the front unless you want to get a light mist.
Fun Place & Cool Staff. What's cool about the staff at this H.O.B. is that if there's more than a hour wait to get seated & eat, if you grease their palms w/a $10 or $20, you're NEXT to be seated...so when you're with a large group...a couple of extra bucks to get seated right away, eat & watch the show is nothing! Well worth it...the scene is fun & there's always pretty people to look at :).
Show good, Food bad. House of Blues rocks when it comes to live music not food. The food was really bad and the service was horrible. They didnt even give us utensils. Maybe it was a bad nite. Who knows.
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