By Adrian Danganan
One of my biggest discoveries in 2014 was The Anaheim Packing House.
Located in downtown Anaheim as part of the Anaheim Packing District, The Packing House is a large food hall filled with upscale food eateries that could please even the pickiest of eaters. From organic juices and fresh coffee to southern fried chicken and Asian hot pot, The Packing House is two stories of pure foodie bliss.
I finally had the chance to visit The Packing House before 2014 ended. People were not kidding about this place; The Packing House is breathtaking. Rustic from the wood floors and hanging foliage, yet contemporary from the swinging benches and atrium-like seating area, it is hard to resist taking a few pictures of the spot on your cell phone.
From all of the savory food vendors that caught my eye, I ultimately decided on The Kroft. The establishment specializes in “comfort food reinvented,” carrying menu items such as sandwiches and poutines. The latter, a French-Canadian dish, is a perfect example of their comfort mood-meets-reinvention tagline.
After some research, I opted for their braised short rib poutine. The dish contains cheese curds, mushroom gravy, caramelized onions and shredded short rib atop a bread of French fries. The dish is a serious powerhouse. Every component was delicious on its own, and eating them together with every bite made the food coma hours later so worth it.
The poutine goes well with their house-made cucumber mint lemonade.
For dessert, I had to try the highly acclaimed Popbar. The establishment crafts gelato on a stick customized to one’s choosing. With gelato flavors such as hazelnut, mixed berries and pistachio and toppings such as melted chocolate and nuts, the combinations are basically endless.
One of the more popular combinations at Popbar is the green tea gelato dipped in milk chocolate and topped with waffle cone pieces. The combination has made its rounds around the foodie community, as its flavor is strikingly similar to matcha-flavored Kit Kats. And I concur: the combination is like eating a frozen matcha-flavored Kit Kat with every bite. I could not have been happier.
Visitors have to remember that there is a lot to try at The Packing House. My experience barely made a dent on the list of things to try there. It may take more than a handful of visits to truly get a taste of what this foodie heaven has to offer, but one thing is certain: this Orange County gem will not let you leave hungry.
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