Photographs by Priscilla Iezzi
Orange County’s newest food hall feels a bit like a permanent food truck meet-up, with walk-up counters serving imaginative concoctions to enthusiastic customers. There are lots of tables inside and out, but you might have to hunt for seating at peak hours.
201 E. Fourth Street | 714-486-0700 | 4thstreetmarket.com
The popular food truck’s counter here serves its signature fusion fare: two tacos ($7), burritos and bowls ($8), and loaded papas fritas ($10) with choice of Vietnamese roast pork belly, Thai coconut curry chicken, Korean tequila beef, or Hawaiian-style shrimp. doschinos.com
You’ll find four drinks on tap at Playground’s bar: house-made sodas ($2); beer ($6) and wine ($8) selected by the sommelier; and cocktails ($8), such as the 4th Street Spritz, with Hanger 1 vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon, and honey. 4thstreetmarket.com/recess-libations
Khao soi dominates the menu at this counter, one of three operated by Playground chef-owner Jason Quinn. The classic Thai comfort food—egg noodles in a curry-coconut milk soup—comes topped with veggies ($7), chicken ($8), or wagyu beef ($10). lunchboxdtsa.com
This spot makes sweet sandwiches of handmade ice cream, such as fresh mint or lavender blueberry, and cookies, such as red velvet or graham cracker. $5.50 for a whole (two cookies and one scoop of ice cream), $4.25 for a half. chunknchip.com