Here at Highland Pinetree Apartments, we believe supporting businesses and local restaurants is an essential part of building your community. These unique, one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinct character of a neighborhood. The special brand or service of a local business is what distinguishes the uniqueness of a community compared to a chain store that looks the same anywhere else. 

There are many reasons to buy local first. For example, when you invest in local merchants, they return the favor:

  • Reinvesting in the community by using local resources.

Often local residents themselves, business owners enjoy using convenient services, too, such as banks, repair shops, supplies vendors, housing, transportation services, etc. When local businesses support each other, everybody wins. 

  • Hiring locally.

When local businesses tap into a central labor force, it creates more consumers who can spend their money within the community. 

  • Keeping money within the community.

When money is earned and spent within a local community, it generates more opportunities to reinvest in local resources to improve the city, offer supportive resources (such as transportation and housing), develop sustainability resources for small businesses, create new business opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs, and potentially grow more commerce. 

  • Reducing impact on the environment.

Many experts believe that entrepreneurship is the key to combating climate change. An independent business creates a small carbon footprint, and a small business can quickly adopt environmentally-friendly practices, such as compostable packaging, locally-sourced products, and an energy-efficient work environment. 


When you are in Fullerton, you are never far from a delicious meal served in a small, local restaurant. There are plenty of choices to satisfy any palette, but here are three of our favorites.

J’s Korean Cuisine

114 W. Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton CA 92832


Best known for its warm rice dish called bibimbap, J’s Korean Cuisine offers an array of spicy wings, rice dishes, noodles, meat combinations, unique burritos, tacos, and so many other menu choices. Outdoor dining is now available, along with delivery and takeout options. 

The Cellar Restaurant

305 N. Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92832

(714) 525-5682

Voted one of Orange County’s Best Reader’s Choice 2020, The Cellar Restaurant c’est bien! This historical, upscale French eatery exudes romance and old-world elegance in the basement of the Villa Del Sol Hotel. Since 1969, guests have savored the romantic, Old Hollywood atmosphere while enjoying duck a l’orange or a perfectly prepared filet mignon. It’s pure decadence for those special moments. Outdoor patio dining is available plus takeout. 

Hotties Nashville Hot Chicken

1101 N. Harbor Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92832

(714) 519-3334

The name says it all. Inspired by Nashville style, Hotties Nashville Hot Chicken specializes in hot chicken, sandwiches, homemade sides, fries, shakes, truffle mac and cheese, and more. Pick your spice level, then hold onto your seat for a hot time. Hotties currently offers dine-in, takeout, and delivery services. 

We’ve highlighted three of our favorite places to eat, but there are many choices available here

As local restaurants move closer to opening their doors, it’s more important than ever to support your favorite eateries. So grab the takeout menu for your favorite place and order up!

Photo credit: The Cellar Restaurant