This weekend I finally got my grub (and drink) on at the buzzed about Packing House in Anaheim. Located in an old citrus plant situated in the middle of a neighborhood just minutes from Angel’s Stadium, the two-story culinary food hall houses more than 20 food and drink vendors that will surely excite your taste buds as much as they did mine…
We arrived just in time for lunch and thankfully found parking a few blocks away. Weekends are busy so plan to park and walk! Here I am posing in front of a couple roosters at one of the many entrances of PH.
Walking inside the massive building, I felt like I was in the middle of a huge greenhouse with the high ceilings and hanging plants. The two stories are packed with food vendors, bars, merchants and unlimited seating. There was a live band playing when we arrived which was a nice touch.
As we began to browse, we were overwhelmed with the amount of food options. From poke bowls to gourmet chicken and waffles, artisan- crafted grilled cheese and udon noodle bowls, you name it, Packing House has it!
We were pretty hungry after exploring both stories, so we opted for indian fare from a vendor called Adya (indian food makes my heart skip a beat). Our meals came out quickly and looked and smelled great.
We carried our trays out to eat at a section of tables located on a really cool train platform facing the street. It was perfect for watching cars and people and we weren’t disappointed with our food selection; it was flavorful and filling.
PH has an abundance of dessert spots as well. While we were too stuffed to try anything else, the retro looking and locally made ice cream spot Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream seemed to be pretty popular with the crowds.
In addition to food vendors, PH boasts numerous bars stocked with craft beer and cocktails (which you can walk around with.)
The real gem of PH in my opinion was The Blind Rabbit, a speakeasy bar donned in 1920’s décor hidden behind camouflaged walls. Good luck finding the entrance! 😉
Blind Rabbit is the perfect spot to escape the crowds and get lost in a few thoughtfully handcrafted cocktails that pack just the right amount of punch.
What we have here is my first masterpiece of the night- an herbal and fruity strawberry infused aperol topped with a burned rosemary stem. Dee-lish.
In addition to the beverages, the little details like the antique chairs and old-fashioned bookshelf, fitted with antique books from the 60’s, really enhanced my Prohibition-esque experience.
I will definitely be re-visiting Blind Rabbit for dinner and to take some pictures in their photo-booth.
As we made our way outside, the outdoor Ecco bar caught my eye. Surrounded by beautiful lemon trees in bloom, we decided to enjoy the Saturday sun and have one last cocktail before we left.
Check out the PH monthly events here including outdoor yoga and live jazz. For a taste of vintage Americana and just about every cuisine you can think of, make your way out to this fine Orange County food + drink establishment!