One of the coolest places in in-land Orange County is the Anaheim Packing District. It is also known as the Anaheim Packing House, and is home to a bunch of different eateries. If you have been to Pike Place Market in Seattle, it’s a lot like that. Only, the Packing District is cleaner, much smaller, a lot more ethnically diverse in cuisine and offers a lot of “novelty” foods. I do have some tips for how to get the best experience from the warehouse.
Tips for eating at the Anaheim Packing District:
- Get there earlier for dinner. Parking is limited and valet is $3.
- Don’t order a full meal from one place. Hop around and share bites to eat so you can try a little bit of everything.
- Wear something cute. There’s a lot of opportunities for cool photo ops, both with the food and even with the decor around it.
I love going to the Anaheim Packing District for a quick bite to eat on a Friday night. There is usually live music and the warehouse is a live. Beyond the novelty foods they also have basic Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine that satisfies.
What do I mean by “novelty” foods? Think of them like hipster bites.
- Instagram worthy
- Has some kind of shtick
For example, Snow Monster sells bubble tea (aka Boba) that sells in a cloud of cotton candy. The drink is about $5-$8 depending on if you buy the souvenir cup. Read Bianca V.‘s review of Mini Monster on Yelp
There is also a I Am, which offers shaved ice and other cold desserts with a little schtick*. My favorite item from I Am is the I Am Snowball which are little Trix-looking puffs doused in liquid nitrogen and served in a cup with a side of condensed milk. The flash frozen desserts gives you and your friends dragon breath. Is it worth $4? Debatable. Does it costs $4 to make? Not sure. Will it fill you up? Definitely not. Will it makes a cool Instagram bommerang? Yes. Read Bianca V.‘s review of i am on Yelp.
Favorite restaurants in the Anaheim Packing District
My two favorite places to eat in the Anaheim Packing District are its hot pot restaurant and its super not-so-secret speak easy. If you are planning a Disneyland trip with your fashionable friends, venture outside of the park and to the Packing District.
Eat at Rolling Boil and order their spicy coconut thai soup base. You will not regret it. Even if you don’t like spicy foods, the coconut in the thai soup mellows it out to really add a punch. I usually eat hot pot at Little Sheep, which leaves me with a $70 bill just for myself. Rolling Boil is about half the price, but what it lacks in variety is makes up in flavor. Read Bianca V.‘s review of Rolling Boil on Yelp
If you are looking for a more intimate place to grab a bit and a stellar drink. Make a reservation on Yelp for The Blind Rabbit. It’s a small hidden gem within the Packing District that serves up 1920s speak easy-style bar. YOU MUCH MAKE A RESERVATION! And they have a strict dress code so keep that in mind. I brought my brother here for his 21st birthday and he thought it was so rad. As my mom and brother handed over their IDs to the hostess my mom goes, “they have to check your ID to eat hot pot?” –I didn’t tell them where we were eating — When the wall of barrels opened my brother goes “woah.” Read Bianca V.‘s review of The Blind Rabbit on Yelp
There’s no need to get dressed up to eat at the Packing District. It has very casual food and most of the restaurants are casual eateries with communal tables and buzzers.
But, it is a great place to have a photo shoot. Some Orange County plus size bloggers and I met up for lunch here to discuss the industry, business and the state of body positivity. The main topic, “When does editing a photo go too far?”
See my Orange County plus size blogger friends’ take on fall fashion:
My OOTD Details:
Brown cut-out booties – Burlington Coat Factory – $20
Olive cold-shoulder cut-out sweater – Forever21 – $20
Tear drop necklace – Forever21 – $1.80
Orange sunglasses – EXPRESS – $20
Outfit total: about $86.80
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