Top Tastes: Orange County Food Halls

When it comes to the food hall phenomenon, Orange County leads the pack even among major California metropolitan cities like L.A. and San Francisco.

Our lineup of food-focused marketplaces continues to grow with eight halls currently open and two to come in the new year. With ample communal seating and multiple vendors, discover the local food halls that are great for large groups with varying tastes.

Anaheim Packing House

A renovated historic building is home to two levels of global food and drink delights. Sample gourmet ramen and sushi at Orange Tei, Indian street food at ADYA or aromatic pho at Sawleaf Vietnamese Cafe, among more than a dozen other options. End the night with a drink at the acclaimed speakeasy The Blind Rabbit, where well-crafted cocktails are served in a well-hidden location tucked away on the first floor. 440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805,


McFadden Public Market

Vintage arcade games from the 1980s, craft cocktails at Under Control and fried chicken at Rooster Republic are just a few of the reasons to visit the new downtown Santa Ana indoor market. Wash down your fried chicken with an old-fashioned shake from Milk Man or get a caffeinated boost from Solid Coffee Roasters. 515 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92701, 


Union Market Tustin

Satisfy hunger with hand-rolled pasta from Market2Plate or a specialty bowl from Cubed Poke, then move on to the real treat: dessert at one of Union Market’s many sweet shops, like a milk and cookie shot from The Dirty Cookie or freshly made ice cream stuffed into a flaky croissant at Churned Creamery. 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782,


Lot 579

Enjoy a meal with an ocean view at the expansive Pacific City food hall, which features some of O.C.’s most trendy culinary concepts such as Portola Coffee Roasters, Pie-Not’s Australian hand pies, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream and Burntzilla’s creative sandwiches. Sip on a crafty libation at the Champagne bar inside Petals and Pop or beer garden run by The Dudes’ Brewing Co.21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648,


4th Street Market

Santa Ana’s first food hall helped pave the way for the concept in the city’s downtown area with artisanal bites like Vietnamese fusion comfort food from Red Envelope, Latin-Asian fusion at Dos Chinos and flavor-packed wings at Wingman Kitchen. Its cozy outdoor space is also hailed as one of the best patios in the county. 201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA 92701,


The O.C. Mix

Unique eats abound here, including a sushi hand roll bar at Temakira, fresh oysters delivered daily at Shuck, breakfast sandwiches at Eggslice and croque-monsieurs at Bistro Papillote. The crown jewel of The O.C. Mix however, is the critically acclaimed Taco Maria helmed by Carlos Salgado, a beloved local restaurant that serves up a mouthwatering mix of Mexican and American flavors in seasonal prix-fixe menus. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626,


Union Market Mission Viejo

While it shares a few outposts with its Tustin counterpart, this Union Market has its own set of specialty vendors including R.T.E.’s barbecue skewers and falafel, hummus and warm pita at the vegetarian Hummus Bowl. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, CA 92691,


Trade Food Hall

The tiny but mighty Trade features a wide range of tastes packed into a cozy open-air space. Visitors can’t go wrong with grilled or crispy Jidori chicken at Two Birds, bacon or pork belly sandwiches, fries and nachos at Pig Pen Delicacy and Belgian Liege waffle at Sweet Combforts. 2222 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612,


Coming Soon:

Steelcraft Garden Grove (opening summer 2018) and Square Mixx Buena Park (opening early 2018)