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The Anaheim Packing House Dining Guide

We attended as a guest of the Anaheim Packing House
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When it comes to shopping and dining, I love unique experiences, which means I tend to favor independently owned boutiques and restaurants over large chains. So last week when my sister and I got a preview of LAB Holding’s Shaheen Sadeghi’s latest endeavor, The Anaheim Packing House located in Downtown Anaheim, I was on the one hand excited to have a fun, reasonably priced place like this to hang out in, while on the other hand disappointed it wasn’t in my own home town of San Clemente.

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This fast-casual concept offers creative fare, wine, craft beers and cocktails, coffee, and desserts created by local artisans served up in a rustic-urban environment with a stage downstairs where local musicians perform live. You can certainly grab your food to go, but the atmosphere is so fun, you’d be missing out.

With over 20 unique eateries there is something for everyone. We were able to sample food and drinks from several of the vendors including:

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The Hammer Bar where we tried a Hanky Panky with Broker’s gin, Carpano Antica vermouth, and Fernet Branca and A Twist of Cane with Rhum Clement VSOP, fresh pressed cantaloupe, lemongrass syrup, Chareau Aloe Vera liqueur and mint leaves. The Hammer Bar offers fresh fruit scratch bar cocktails, old fashion liqueurs, ice-cold beer and farm wine.

 

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Adya which features street food showcasing the spices and flavors of India with organic foods provided by local farmers and purveyors.

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Lemon Drop Fresh Pressed Juicery & Farm Shoppe. Along with fresh pressed juices, the lemon drop features superfood smoothies, farm fresh snacks and seasonal selections from local farms to take home.

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Urbana Fish Market & Mexican Eatery where we sampled several ceviches including my personal favorite, octopus ceviche. Urbana also specializes in pokes, fish tacos and slow cooked meats with homemade, made to order tortillas.

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The Kroft which emphasizes fresh, local and seasonal ingredients in it’s sandwiches. We sampled their spicy crispy chicken sandwich and crispy skinned porchetta sandwich and I will have a dilemma as to which to order when I go back. They are both wonderful.

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Dark 180, a “chocolate alchemist”. I sampled their heavenly chocolate covered rosemary caramels with sea salt and the Wonka-esque hot chocolate. I felt like Agustus Gloop drowning blissfully in the chocolate river.

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Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream featuring flavors such as Nutella crunch, cookie ‘n cream, coffee Oreo, rum raisin, mint cookies and more.

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And guess what? There’s also a florist…

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And a butcher, Wheat & Sons Butcher/Rotisserie offering locally sourced organic meats, produce, and Charcuterie. Oh… and duck eggs. I bought half a dozen. I had to try them! They are similar to chicken eggs, but larger with harder shells and thicker, creamier yolks. That’s another blog post though.

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Other eateries and shops include:

Black Sheep

The Blind Rabbit

buy ‘n bulk

The Chippy

Confecito Organico

Crêpe Coop

Ecco Pizza

The Iron Press

Kettlebar

Orange Twi

Popbar 

Rolling Boil

Sawleaf

Sad as I am that this concept is not a little closer to home, I will gladly make the trek.

The Anaheim Packing House is located at 440 S. Anaheim Blvd. in Anaheim.

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen. Together, she and her sister, Shan are Simply Wilde, a small boutique catering business focusing on in-home entertaining.
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