The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. Now more than ever, individuals are hyper-aware of their surroundings, our cleaning routines, and personal hygiene. This has also been an opportunity to rally behind many businesses and restaurants, who otherwise would fear closure due to reduced business and dine-in guest restrictions.

Our staff and residents at Yorba Linda Pines and Villas believe in this movement and want to share some outstanding options for you to support your local restaurants and small business owners. After all, at the heart of a community is its people. The more we choose to be kind and supportive of others, the more our community will flourish.

Hungry in Yorba Linda? Do your part during the pandemic and support these restaurants near you.

Blue Agave

Up first on our list is Blue Agave, a Tex-Mex restaurant located at 18601 Yorba Linda Boulevard, which boasts a unique spin on classic dishes. Munch on house-made chips and salsa while perusing the menu. Appetizers include the fan-favorite chicken pozole, served with diced red onion, chopped cilantro, Serrano chili, Cotija cheese, and the Montego Bay coconut shrimp—crunchy and golden brown with apricot chipotle marmalade.

Restaurant-goers rave about the diverse selection of cocktails, including the key lime margarita, blue crush, and tequila sunrise. For our underage guests, try the agave fresh-made lemonade, a traditional horchata (a sweet rice milk drink), or Jarritos (a Mexican soda in various flavors).

Hours are 11:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for dine-in or take out.

The Wild Artichoke

Located at 4973 Yorba Ranch Road, The Wild Artichoke is a restaurant that lives by the motto “Food prepared from the heart, with the soul in mind.” Chef James D’Aquila is the mastermind behind the mouthwatering assortment of primarily French- and Italian-inspired dishes. From artichoke beignets to pulled pork and white bean soup, sauteed salmon piccata, and eggplant parmesan, there is something for everyone on the menu.

For a special treat, try one of Chef D’Aquila’s house-made desserts. The donut bread pudding is a favorite with its fluffy, buttery donuts soaked in a rich French custard and topped with white chocolate chips, sun-dried cherries and apricots, and served warm with a caramel maripone sauce. It’s sure to delight!

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is currently open for take-out only due to social distancing guidelines. Visit the website for more information.

Supatras Thai

In the heart of downtown, at 21560 Yorba Linda Boulevard, sits Supatras Thai, an authentically-themed restaurant that brings the flavors of Thailand to your home. Sample the spring rolls, including garden-fresh herbs and vegetables wrapped in rice paper and served with house-made sesame soy sauce, or try the pad thai, their most popular dish containing rice noodles, chicken, shrimp, eggs, bean sprouts, onions, and crushed peanuts.

Supatras Thai offers full-service catering and live music every Friday and Saturday night. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Yorba Linda offers an outstanding selection of delicious local restaurants for you to support. Remember to check your local CDC guidelines and restaurant-specific websites for the latest updates before you head out. California Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the statewide stay-at-home order on January 25, meaning restaurants can open with modified outdoor services, though it is up to their discretion. So get out there and enjoy what Yorba Linda has to offer!

Image credit: Supatras Thai Restaurant