Published January 14, 2017. Updated May 14, 2017.
Orange County, the pristine Southern California suburb idealized in numerous TV shows, has come a long way in the last 10 years. Though it is considered suburbia, it definitely has its pockets of the bougie, the edgy, and the”far-out” beachy. What sometimes seems like a scene out of Stepford Wives, Orange County had recently moved towards a less-cookie cutter era, tapping into its local millennials for a new kind of dining and moving away from the standard mom-and-pop restaurants and outdoor malls. This has brought forth food markets, featuring small stalls with specialty food selections and specialty boutiques. It has attracted millennials who are tired of the quintessential chain restaurant serving numerous cuisines simultaneously. Foodies want authentic, traditional, and specialized establishments, giving way for places that serve only one thing well, like just coffee or just tacos. There are now 11 food markets present in Orange County, fostering local food talents and slowly changing the cities surrounding them.
FIND A MARKET NEAR YOU:
- TRADE, Irvine
- Union Market, one in Tustin and another Mission Viejo
- 4th Street Market, Santa Ana
- McFadden Public Market, Santa Ana
- The OC Mix, Costa Mesa
- The Camp, Costa Mesa
- The Lab, Costa Mesa
- Lot 579, Huntington Beach
- Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim
- Provisions Market, Orange
Newly opened: McFadden Public Market opens tomorrow, Monday, May 15th. TRADE, Irvine’s first food hall, opened Saturday.