Inside the Anaheim Packing District: A dream come true for foodies
It’s that time of year when you want to plan a getaway. 2018 is calling for a road trip, sooner rather than later.
You’re looking to go somewhere new, where you can enjoy everything from a bustling bar scene, to live music, and of course, impeccable food (all topped with some endless sunshine). So you set your map to Anaheim.
The Orange County city ticks all the above boxes and you can’t visit without hitting up the Anaheim Packing District. It dates back to 1919 and is home to the last remaining citrus packing warehouse in the city. This award-winning European-style food hall is home to over two dozen unique food and beverage artisans, shops, and services. And it’s definitely worth your time.
It’s centrally located within walking distance of Center Street Anaheim where you’ll find neo-vintage restaurants and shops, MUZEO, ice rinks, and more. Plus, the entire area has an indescribable energy that you need to experience at least once in your lifetime.
With that in mind, take a look at these 10 vendors located within the Anaheim Packing House that will inspire your next getaway to the city.
A visit to the Anaheim Packing House isn’t complete without a stop at this award-winning Indian street food eatery. Here you can order up fresh and delicious comfort food with a craft beer or wine if you feel like it.
Cooks Chapel is a hidden gem in the Packing House! On the first and third Thursday of every month, you can go along to hear live jazz music in a beautiful setting. Jazz in the Chapel was voted Best 2017 Jazz Club by OC Hotlist, so you know it’s good.
Black Sheep GCB
Let’s be real: There’s nothing quite like the joy of eating a grilled cheese sandwich. The Black Sheep GCB is a dedicated purveyor of grilled cheese masterpieces and you need to sink your teeth into one before you leave Anaheim.
If you’re a lover of Southern hospitality and the food that goes along with it visiting Georgia’s warm, contemporary counter at the Anaheim Packing House is a must. You can’t go wrong ordering the classic chicken and waffles, Gretchen’s Jambalaya, or Louisiana tilapia and shrimp.
Hammer Workshop & Bar
Sampling the divine and delicious fare on offer within the Anaheim Packing House is sure to make you feel a little thirsty. Hammer Workshop & Bar serves up insane craft cocktails that you’ll want on your Instagram feed the moment they arrive at your table.
So there’s ice cream, and then there’s Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream. The menu items here might just change your life forever, so don’t feel one bit sorry when you order that extra scoop.
Mangal by Aleppo’s Kitchen
Mangal is Arabic for barbecue, and the food here is out of this world. You can enjoy the likes of fresh kebabs and shawarmas in a contemporary fast-casual dining setting. Aleppo’s Kitchen, the original restaurant from which the Mangal menu is inspired, was named one of the best places to eat near Disneyland in 2017.
If you’re a fresh seafood and spirits kind of person Kettle Bar has what you need. From steam cooked dishes to crispy calamari, beef sliders, and delicious cioppino, the menu is packed with options. And the elevated drinks aren’t bad either.
Experience a taste of Mexican gastronomy at the award-winning Urbana. Order fancy tacos, burgers, or the loaded ‘Carnitas Papas’ fries with chipotle queso sauce, pico de gallo, cotija, Fresno chilies, and pickled carrot. You won’t be disappointed.
The Blind Rabbit
Back in the Prohibition era, Anaheim spent some years without alcohol. So it makes perfect sense that the city would have a sleek speakeasy today. The Blind Rabbit is the first of it’s kind for Anaheim, boasting a luxe vintage interior and a world-class menu featuring classic cocktails and scrumptious bites.
You’ll be happy to know that these are just some of the many food and drink hot spots at the Anaheim Packing House. There’s also Iron Press, BXCR Underground Wine Society, The Kroft, Orange Tei, Popbar, Pandor Bakery, and many more notable vendors. Plus, two new cafes are coming to Farmers Park this year; 18 Folds – Dim Sum (coming winter 2018) and a farm-to-fork concept (coming mid/late 2018).
To find out more ahead of your trip to the trendy Orange County city, check out the Anaheim Packing District and Visit Anaheim.