The Anaheim Packing District opens
Orange County Gets its own Food District and Foodies Rejoice
In Cork, Ireland they have the English Market, in San Francisco they have the Ferry Building, in New York it is Eataly. Orange County is now host to The Anaheim Packing District. Think of this place as The OC Mix on steroids. Foodies who are visiting Disneyland have another attraction to visit.
The Packing district is located in the heart of downtown Anaheim. The packing district is built upon historic fruit packing buildings from the heyday of Orange County’s agricultural past. The district is comprised of three parts, the Packing House, Packard Building and Farmer’s Park.
The Packing House
The Packing House is designed to be a vibrant central gathering spot that is filled with restaurants, food purveyors and some food related retail.
Restaurants at the Packing House
- Adya: Indian food lead by former head chef at Newport Beach’s Tamarind of London. Emphasis is food that you would find on roadside carts in India
- Crêpe Coop: Crepes served in a cone format to eat on the go.
- Ecco Pizza: Thin crust pizzas. Ecco has another location in The Camp.
- Cafecito Organico: Artisan and Organic coffee roaster. Expect the hipsters to flock to this place with their facial hair and chunky glasses.
- Sawleaf: Pho
- Georgia’s: Southern fare with an edge of Soul.
- Dark180: A full service Chocolate café. This sounds like a novel concept
- The Chippy Fish & Grill: My personal favorite fish and chip restaurant is righteously expanding to the packing house.
- Kettlebar: Made to order Cajun seafood (fall 2014)
- Lemon Drop Pressed Juicery & Farm Shoppe: Jenny Ross, owner of 118 Degrees, is opening a juice bar and organic fruit stand.
- Buy N’ Bulk: Purchase food in bulk from nuts to candy to cormeal
- PopbarPopbar: Gourmet Popsicles
- Rolling Boil: Hot Pot restaurant
- The Kroft: Farm to Table sandwiches and Gastropub light
- Black Sheep: A cheese shop that is focused on “Melted Cheese” items
- Iron Press: The same restaurant that you can find in SOCO, that serves high-end waffle sandwiches. Better than Bruxie.
- Orange Tei: Sushi and Ramen shop
The next door Packard Building will house the Anaheim Brewery and another location of Umami Burger. Interesting note about Anaheim Brewery is that it existed during the days of the original packing district and has died and revived several times in the 20th century. The presence of Umami and other “Son of” restaurants actually represents a problem for the district. Second and third locations water down the uniqueness of the district and actually serve to weaken the concept. With that said, the district does need some anchors to pull in guests, so it will serve it’s purpose.
The Farmer’s park connects the two buildings and is a space for farmer’s markets and community events. Expect festivals, concerts and hopefully food tasting events in this space.
I will be providing coverage of the The Anaheim Packing District, Restaurants and Brewery in future posts. For now this is just Tom’s Foodie Blog reporting the news.