HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Do you create unique foods? Get great advice
TELL US

3rd and Fairfax Farmer's Market--Best Lunch?

c
cgoldsmith Jul 17, 2006 02:23 AM

Going to get lunch at the orginal Farmer's Market (by the infamous Grove) on 3rd and Fairfax. What's the best eat there? Any suggestions appreciated. . .

  1. m
    mandelabra Sep 26, 2008 10:49 AM

    I really love the Banana Leaf. I know "the food is better in Singapore," but the food here is really good enough and at fair prices with such a sweet and friendly staff! I also like Loteria and Pampas Grill; the Alcatra and the lamb at Pampas are especially worth trying -- succulent and full of flavor.
    Lastly, I think the Gumbo Pot leaves a lot to be desired!

    1. c
      chowmominLA Sep 25, 2008 03:26 PM

      Magee's has the best corned beef I've ever had.

      For years when I asked where they get their beef from they were very hush hush. Then it slipped that they get it from the Harris Ranch stand a few yards away :0) So if you like the corned beef you can buy one from Harris Ranch and make it at home.

      2 Replies
      1. re: chowmominLA
        maxzook Sep 25, 2008 04:41 PM

        You mean Huntington's, don't you? (They sell Harris Ranch products but they're not a "Harris Ranch stand")

        1. re: maxzook
          g
          Galen Sep 26, 2008 12:42 AM

          Oyster Po Boy @ Gumbo Pot.

      2. lotta_cox Sep 25, 2008 02:23 PM

        Monsieur Marcel

        1. maxzook Sep 25, 2008 02:16 PM

          Links ...

          -----
          Gumbo Pot
          6333 W 3rd St Ste 312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Magee's Kitchen
          6333 W 3rd St Ste 624, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. maxzook Sep 25, 2008 02:14 PM

            Several people have mentioned the Gumbo Pot, but no one has mentioned the wonderful jambalaya (available in chicken or shrimp).

            And with the possible exception of Langer's, Magee's has the best Reuben sandwich in L.A.

            1. Discokill Sep 25, 2008 05:47 AM

              So pretty much from all of the responses you should try every single place there :)

              I'm of the opinion that if it's your first time eating there you should try Loteria. Of all of the stands there it's the most distinctive and acclaimed.

              1. m
                macitajs Sep 24, 2008 09:04 PM

                moishes is always good. lamb pita and chicken shawarma are both quite good. great sides, too. hummus, bab ghanoush, tabouleh. i also recommend the muhamara: red pepper, walnut, pomegranite--i think its mixed with hummous.

                1. l
                  linlinchan Jul 18, 2006 07:18 AM

                  Moishe's, the Middle Eastern restaurant at the Farmer's Market, has a very good, filling falafel pita sandwich. One of the best I've had in LA, I think. The gyro isn't bad either, thought I wasn't as impressed with it.

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: linlinchan
                    b
                    bsquared2 Sep 24, 2008 10:51 PM

                    Whenever I see posts about the Farmer's Market, people rarely mention Moishes. I love the food there, but since the Grove opened, they keep creeping the prices up more than the other places. Also, the staff there can sometimes be a little surly. I used to eat there a few times a week and I would rarely get a smile from one of the owners.

                    Banana Leaf is OK . The owners there are quite friendly. Not quite as good as the food in Singapore, but what is?

                    Loteria is great. Gumbo Pot isn't as good as it used to be.

                    The rest of the places aren't very good. Some are horrible.

                    1. re: bsquared2
                      c
                      Clyde Sep 25, 2008 09:15 AM

                      some are horrible- i agree! i do not like the fish place, it's very bland. someone told me it was the worst fish and chips they ever had, but i've only had two fish salads there, both mediocre - and expensive. the chinese places are not good at all, in fact, it's depressingly bad. Singapore's banana leaf is my favorite- i love everything there. lately i've been eating at the korean bbq place- getting their veggie rice roll, glass noodles and seaweed salad.

                  2. Xericx Jul 17, 2006 09:27 PM

                    yeah, the savory crepes are a good meal....I like the one with ground beef, cheddar and the tomato based sauce.....

                    1. g
                      glutton Jul 17, 2006 09:25 PM

                      I second the recommendation for Banana Leaf -- good food at good prices.

                      Nobody mentioned the crepes place and while I don't think it's a great crepe in the grand scheme of crepes, it's still a decent meal. The price is higher than I'd like, but that's true of many things on 3rd Street.

                      I like the pommes frites at Monsieur Marcel. I'm not a huge fan of Marcel otherwise, though. I really dislike how they intermingle their blue cheeses with their non-blue cheese. That's a dangerous, disagreeable habit.

                      1. Chowpatty Jul 17, 2006 08:04 PM

                        I also like Singapore Banana Leaf,
                        http://eatingla.blogspot.com/2006/06/farmers-market-singapore-banana-leaf.html
                        but my favorite new dish is the bibimbap at Korea Grill.
                        http://eatingla.blogspot.com/2006/07/farmers-market-la-korea-korean-bbq.html
                        I like the fried catfish at the Gumbo Pot
                        http://eatingla.blogspot.com/2006/07/farmers-market-gumbo-pot.html
                        and the spicy hummus and muhammara at Moishe's.
                        http://eatingla.blogspot.com/2006/05/farmers-market-moishes-and-village.html
                        Save room for dessert at Littlejohn's English Toffee or Bennett's ice cream!
                        http://eatingla.blogspot.com/2006/05/...

                        1. j
                          jazmin Jul 17, 2006 07:30 PM

                          my vote is for singapore's banana leaf. the rojak salad is amazing to eat for lunch or dinner during the summer. i also heard through the grapevine that huel howser was down there interviewing the owner on his crushed ice desert, the ice katchung or wahtever it's called. also excellent for summer.

                          1. m
                            Micako Jul 17, 2006 07:22 AM

                            Patsy's pizza - some of the best pie in L.A. (over by Bob's donuts - also yummy)

                            1. n
                              Norm Man Jul 17, 2006 06:54 AM

                              Blackened Catfish Po'boy with a side of Gumbo Yaya at the Gumbo Pot.

                              1. Xericx Jul 17, 2006 03:57 AM

                                Gumbo Yaya at the Gumbo Pot.

                                I'm over Loteria...it had been downhill the past visits I've gone there while Gumbo pot has gotten better.

                                I also like Singapore's Banana Leaf.

                                1. m
                                  mitchrc Jul 17, 2006 03:54 AM

                                  Loteria. Some of the finest Mexican food in Los Angeles. The Farm over at the Grove is also excellent, but pricey. They have the best hamburger in town.

                                  1. k
                                    kodachrome Jul 17, 2006 03:42 AM

                                    Pampas Grill
                                    Loteria
                                    and that new orleans place, sorry forgot the name!

                                    1. h
                                      Hackenbush Jul 17, 2006 03:11 AM

                                      My favorite lunches at the Farmer's Market...

                                      Chopped barbecue beef sandwich at Bryan's Wood Pit Barbecue

                                      Teriyaki chicken and rice from China Depot

                                      Anything fried at Tusquella's Fish & Oyster Bar

                                      Chicken parmesan and pasta from Deano's Gourmet Pizza

                                      Hand-carved corned beef sandwich from Magee's

                                      A plate of chicken stroganoff and some barbecued meat from Pampas Grill

                                      Show Hidden Posts