Santa Ana’s Food Court
Story by Jaron Cofield
About 16 miles east of campus is Downtown Santa Ana where you’ll find a historical area with bars, stores, art galleries and an old-fashioned movie theatre. These are just the appetizers as the real attraction is the plethora of food that is available. There are tons of restaurants and food trucks scattered about that are worth a try and it can all be found at 4th Street Market.
As the name suggests, it is located at the corner of 4th Street in Downtown Santa Ana. There are two parking garages within walking distance for convenience. Once inside, you’ll see a smorgasbord of food truck-like restaurants to choose from. There are about 14 restaurants, all with their own unique dishes from poki, fried chicken, Mexican cuisine to coffee and desserts. Several trips would have to be made to eat everything this place has to offer.
There is only one bar in the building. However, they make up for it with an interesting drink menu. I would recommend the cucumber tequila drink. It wasn’t too strong and somewhat refreshing at a fair price of $10.
Once you grab your food and drink, it's now time to find a place to sit. Here’s where it can get frustrating. On a slow day, there are dozens of tables to choose from. You can freely take your drink anywhere inside or bring your food to the bar. There’s even an outdoor seating area with television monitors set up for sports and a projector that plays movies. There’s also beautiful murals, two large ping pong tables and an extra large Connect Four game anyone can play. On Thursdays, people can enjoy live music playing.
On days where it gets packed, it becomes difficult to find a place to eat, especially when you are eating with friends. It can easily be 10 minutes before finding a seat. Wednesdays through Saturdays are going to be the busiest days.
The 4th Street Market caters as well. They can hold special events for parties with 10 or more people. The upside to calling ahead can get you this place all to yourself with your guests, but that also means it can be closed for private events. The website provides times when an event is taking place and also lets you schedule an event yourself.
If you want to try something fun and new outside of Long Beach, I would recommend bringing your friends to eat here. There’s a variety of food and a good atmosphere. Afterwards, walk around and check out the other bars and sites Santa Ana has to offer. 4th Street Market is open Thursdays 7am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 7am-11pm, and Sunday to Wednesday 7am-9pm.
You can find more information on their website.