There’s nothing better than discovering a restaurant gem. Usually it’s a little hole-in-the-wall spot, or a place that’s recently opened and hasn’t quite yet become popular, or sometimes it’s a place in a little strip mall that has been overlooked. But this past Sunday I stumbled across a whole building of gems!
Known as the Anaheim Packing House, you could spend several months visiting this destination and not eat the same meal twice. What used to be a Sunkist Packing House has been turned into a foodie destination, one I highly recommend you visit soon – and often! It opens daily at 9 a.m. for breakfast; individual restaurant hours do vary and some bars stay open until midnight.
ADYA is authentic fare influenced by all regions of India, which combines traditional styles of cooking with the bountiful produce available in California. They offer savory chaats and salads, as well as curries and tandoori specialties like naan and kebabs. They offer delicious food, craft beer and a creative wine list in a modern, chic space.
GCB are three letters you’re going to want to know when you walk into the Packing House. Short for Grilled Cheese Bar, they are cranking out some killer grilled cheese sandwiches in a variety of combinations you most likely have never tried. With nine different sandwiches on the menu, there’s something for everyone. And what grilled cheese sandwich would be complete without tomato soup? It’s yours for the asking for a very affordable $3.
BXCR curates artisanal wines from Napa, Sonoma and Washington to Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany, complemented with their homemade flatbreads, charcuterie and cheeses. Themed like a 1920s railroad car, you’ll be transported to another time by these cozy surroundings with “always fresh” keg wines on tap or favorite bottles for purchase.
Cafecito works with coffee producers that are Certified Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, as well as non-certified producers that grow coffee sustainably and compensate their workers fairly. They are committed to bringing out the full potential of each coffee they have to offer and ensuring they are upholding the highest quality standards with every cup they serve. Basically this is a great way to finish off a meal.
The Chippy Fish & Grill offers only the highest quality ingredients and prides itself on fresh, made-to-order foods. Their large, top quality cuts of fresh fish are dipped in a special ingredient batter and served up crisp, golden brown and piping hot. Lemon, malt vinegar and homemade tartar sauce will surely leave your taste buds smiling. A member of our party ordered their standard fish and chips and couldn’t rave about it enough.
Within the hustle and bustle of the Anaheim Packing House is a private room of solace and tribute to culinary artistry and chefs everywhere. Seating up to 125 guests and with a full service demonstration kitchen and private bar, you’re only limited by your imagination as far as hosting business groups, a pop-up restaurant, cooking classes, family get-togethers, or even a foodie lovers wedding reception. A very unique space within the Packing House, it can be booked daily between 8 a.m. and midnight.
Dishing out made-to-order crêpes, both savory and sweet, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled down an alley in the 5th arrondissement of Paris. They have pre-suggested crêpe combinations, or you can order the basic crêpe and customize it with a variety of filling options. Made on the same crêpe irons I’ve seen all over France, if you’re into crêpes, you’re going to be into the Crêpe Coop.
Walking into Ecco is like visiting a Naples pizzeria or your favorite local tavern. It’s the perfect place to grab a great pizza or to share a drink with friends. Or you can grab something to go, and enjoy it at one of the many tables available all around the Packing House. Ecco serves lunch, dinner and a late afternoon intermezzo.
Growing up in the South I have to admit that I’m a little snobbish when it comes to Southern style food being prepared in what some might consider a Yankee state! (Or at least not a Southern one.) But take this southern boy’s word for it, Georgia’s is the real deal. Cranking out specialties such as Jambalaya, fried chicken, fried catfish (I tried all three in a two-day period), collard greens, BBQ … basically if you’re into “authentic” southern cooking, Georgia’s is where you need to go.
Hammer Workshop & Bar
Offering a variety of craft beers and specialty cocktails, it’s a great place to grab a drink while you’re waiting for your food to be prepared. Just take a buzzer from the restaurant you ordered from – they work throughout the Packing House – come upstairs to the Hammer and grab a libation of your choice. This is a great way to kill some time.
Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream
Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream has been an Orange County tradition since 1972. All of their ice cream is crafted onsite at their original shop in Santa Ana, using the richest cream from local dairies. In addition to traditional favorites like Cookies & Cream and Pecan Praline, they’re constantly trying out new flavor combinations, like Salted Caramel and Maple Bacon. Don’t forget their decadent floats, frozen bananas, and ice cream sandwiches!
The Iron Press is serving up scrumptious savory and sweet waffle sandwiches, as well as some delicious non-waffle offerings. Along with their varied and unique menu, they offer 24 specialty local and imported beers on tap – and a few bottled ones. Save room for the Drunken Float and thank me later.
Comfort food lovers rejoice! The Kroft is reinventing comfort food, making familiar dishes with an innovative twist using fresh, local, organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The offer an array of market-inspired sandwiches and poutines, and Canadian-French specialty fries. Their poutines are hand-cut potatoes, double fried to perfection, and piled with fresh cheese curds, homemade gravies and signature toppings. Also, all of their dipping sauces, soups and refreshments are made from scratch. Try the Brussels Sprout and Bacon and you may find yourself going back for seconds.
I Am Smoothie Shop and Shaved Snow
One of the more popular places with the kiddies, I Am offers a whole range of different flavors and combinations of shaved ice. Liquid nitrogen balls, which seems to be the rage all of a sudden, are produced in a variety of flavors and colors and served with a variety of dipping sauces. Be prepared for a wait, as there’s usually a line.
Orange TEI is a gourmet Japanese restaurant offering a variety of original sushi rolls and special ramen produced by Ramen Master Shigetoshi Nakamura. The name Orange TEI was given to celebrate the historic Anaheim Valencia Orange Packing House. “TEI” means “space for relax and enjoy” in Japanese. If you like Japanese food and the complex flavors many of the dishes offer, Orange TEI is your place.
Not just a bakery, but a Boulangerie and French Café, Pandor Bakery is your stop for authentic artisan breads, pastries, viennoiseries and savories. Open for breakfast, which is served all day, you can eat your choices here or get it to go. A member of my party ordered one of the quiche specials and pronounced it one of the better ones she’s had in years.
I think Popbar is taking over the world as they seem to be “popping up,” no pun intended, just about everywhere. Popbars are handcrafted gelato, sorbetto and yogurt on a stick and are made all natural, fresh daily, with real fruit and no artificial flavorings, preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup. They also offer kosher, vegan and gluten-free options and each pop is fully customizable with premium dippings and what they call poppings.
Hot pots originated from Mongol horsemen warriors from over 1,000 years ago. These vagabonds, in an effort to conserve energy, upturned their water filled helmets over an open flame and sliced meats and vegetables so thinly they would cook quickly. After spreading throughout the Far East, the Western World was introduced to this yummy, fun and healthy cuisine. Rolling Boil offers a wide variety of soup broths, from vegetarian to crazy spiced up concoctions, and a multitude of dipping sauces. They also offer beer, sake and other libations to go along with your hot pot.
Sawleaf is offering up Vietnamese food that is consistently fresh, healthy and delicious. Based on family recipes that have been passed down through generations, some of their main dishes include pho, rice noodle soups and banh mi (which is Vietnamese style subs). They also serve fresh summer rolls, crispy egg rolls, a menu for kids, and have a great selection of handcrafted drinks.
Influenced by the authentic offerings of Mexico, Urbana is where you want to head if you’re in the mood for Mexican libations and food. Micheladas stacked high with pickled vegetables, tequila cocktails in traditional Cazuelas, and craft cocktail-inspired creations complement the menu, which is filled with a modern take on Mexican street food. Gourmet tacos with robust flavors, fresh ceviches with bright citrus, and other bar bites with traditional spices are available to enjoy in or to take with you.
Little Vitaly offers a wide array of coffees, pastries and breakfast items in the morning, followed by fresh homemade piadina sandwiches, pastas, salads and soups for lunch and dinner, and top-quality authentic Italian gelato for dessert. This is a great place to start, or end, your day.
Anaheim Packing District
440 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA, 9280