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Lately I’ve been extremely healthy–salads and all that–but no one really wants to read about how much spinach I’ve eaten, so the food posts have been lacking recently. However, over the Labor Day weekend I went down to visit my boyfriend in Los Angeles, and it was a whole “cheat week” full of delicious food!

I have been hearing alot about the Anaheim Packing District, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to try it out. The district consists of the Packing House (a warehouse sized gathering of food stores that just opened up earlier this year), the Farmer’s Park (with conveniently placed lawn chairs for napping in the sun), and the Packard Building (an old auto dealership converted into a burger shop and the Anaheim Brewery).

For lunch, my boyfriend was really hankering for good ole fashioned barbecue, so we went to Georgia’s Restaurant for some amazing Southern-style soul food.

Georgia's Restaurant

Georgia’s Restaurant

It was packed to the gills, and although the restaurant is no more than a couple booths big, we managed to find a seat by the window. We had some cornbread while we waiting for the rest of the food. When it did come about 20 minutes later, the barbecue definitely did not disappoint. I had the BBQ short ribs with a side of mac n’ cheese and French fries.

Georgia's cornbread

Georgia’s cornbread

BBQ short ribs with a side of macaroni and cheese and fries

BBQ short ribs with a side of mac n’ cheese and fries

The short ribs were absolutely amazing, with fall-off-the-bone meat and drenched in a sweet BBQ sauce. I traded half my ribs for half of my boyfriend’s tri-tip and immediately regretted not keeping the whole rack for myself. Don’t get me wrong, the tri-tip was good, but in my mind, it didn’t hold a candle to the short ribs.

The macaroni and cheese was delicious as well with creamy cheese and laden with spices–a departure from the normal mac n’ cheese. If you ever go, I highly recommend this side order (skip on the fries though, it was nothing special).

For dessert, we knew we had to try the highly popular Popbar, a unique handcrafted gelato-on-a-stick ice cream bar. The line stretched around the corner, out the door, and people lined up along the side of the Packing House in 80-degree heat for a chance at these high-end popsicles. Call me crazy, but I lined up right along with those people. After about 40 minutes, I finally got to the front of the line.

Rows and rows of popGelatos and popSorbettos

Rows and rows of popGelatos and popSorbettos

I was a little rushed when deciding my flavors, and ended up with a mandarin popSorbetto half-dipped in milk chocolate, covered in pistachios and drizzled with mint chocolate. My boyfriend went with a more traditional vanilla popGelato dipped in milk chocolate and covered in almonds and waffle cone crumbs. Although my creation was a little odd, the mandarin popSorbetto was wonderfully refreshing in the summer heat and I really liked the pistachio and mint chocolate flavor combination.

Handcrafted Popbar gelato and real fruit sorbet on a stick.

Handcrafted Popbar gelato and real fruit sorbet on a stick.

After the dessert, we walked around and relaxed for a while in Farmer’s Park before heading across the plaza to the Anaheim Brewery. A little out of order, I know–beer after sweets? But as my boyfriend knows, I can’t pass up a chance to try a great new brew–especially when you’re enjoying it in the tasting room right where it is made.

The Anaheim Brewery is situated in the Packard Building, an auto dealership back in the 1920s. Since then the building has been repurposed: the showroom is now an Umami Burger next door, and the car repair shop now houses shiny metal tanks of beer.

We each had a flight of their six beers: the Anaheim Gold, Red, Hefenweizen, 1888, the Coast to Coast IPA, and the Oatmeal Stout. If I wasn’t a little drunk by the end of it all and if only I had taken pictures, I would go into more detail. The only thing I can definitively say is that they were delicious and the IPA was very strong.

I do remember the bartender telling us a little bit about their flagship beer: the Anaheim 1888. It is based on a style of beer that was brewed during the California Gold Rush era. Anaheim 1888 actually won silver place this year in the Amber Lager Category at the California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition, but I think the coolest part was knowing I was drinking a bit of my state’s history.

By the end of the day, I was full of good food, a little drunk, and even got a history lesson thrown in.

There were giant *ahem* roosters at every entrance.

There were giant *ahem* roosters at every entrance to the Packing House.

Georgia’s Restaurant
440 South Anaheim Blvd. #209A
Anaheim, CA 92805
714.906.1900

Popbar
440 South Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
714.215.4679

Anaheim Brewery
336 South Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
714.780.1888

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