"Would you like to try a hot sauce flight?" John Kessler asked as we stood chatting about hand-cutting habaneros and why he aims for flavor before heat in his company's underground pantry space at Santa Ana's 4th Street Market.
Alta Baja Market, a specialty grocery store at 4th Street Market, has opened with a light assortment of goods.
The groceries selection is geared to specialty items found in California, the Southwest and Mexico. The market will also host cooking classes, pop-up restaurants and more.
What's leaving: Not including Recess, the rest of Jason Quinn's outlets (Noodle Tramp, PFC and Wagyu Chuck), Waffles Inc. All closing February 1.
What's coming in: Alta Baja Market (replacing Honor Roll, and co-run by Delilah Snell, wife of our Mexican-in-Chief), Pig Pen (from the GD Bro/Afters team), Jinny's, Terra (from the owners at MAR), Sit Low Pho (from the owners at Dos Chinos)