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Oct 17, 2006 10:14 AM

Food at Certified Farmer's Markets

I'm not asking about the Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax. I'm asking about the little once-a-week ones they have all over the Southland.

Everyone keeps telling me that there are some great exhibitors who cook ribs and grill chickens there for you to take home. I haven't seen much of a selection at the Farmer's Markets I've been to.

Which ones have you been to and which have had great take-home prepared food?

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  1. The Tuesday Culver City Farmer's Market although I've never personally bought any food there. The Sunday Hollywood market has good mexican, great sausages and a ton of other offerings.

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    1. re: luv2grub

      Ditto on the Sunday Hollywood farmer's market. It's our Sunday morning tradition to go to the market and get either the soft tacos or (my favorite) the Thai Papaya Salad (and they'll make it properly spicy for you if you ask). There are so many other venders that look great, but we just love these too much to ever try anything else.

      1. re: bdumes

        The Thai payapa salad at the HFM is much better than at most restaurants in Thai-town. Also like their coconut cakes.

    2. encino on sundays, has hawaiian chick, tamales and a bunch of other things

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      1. re: budlit

        I'm addicted to the Tamale guy, the jack cheese and roasted pepper tamale's are insane with tomatillo sauce. Also the Hawaiian chicken guy's stuff is delicious. Avoid the day-old bagel lady at all cost, they're awful. BTW the Tamale guy has a storefront in San Fernando. I'll look for his card he gave me.

      2. Century City on Thursdays has spit roasted chicken, bacon wrapped hot dogs, tamales, and a few other prepared foods.

        Santa Monica on Wednesdays and Saturdays seems to be notably devoid of prepared foods.

        1. Studio City on Sunday has bacon wrapped hot dogs, Brats, Sausages, tamales, yakitori (by the roast corn stand) crepes w/lots of different fillings altho I don't think you want to take them home, popcorn-plain, caramel.

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          1. re: pizzafreak

            Not to mention the very, very tasty bionicos from the sausage vendor. There's also a variety of Lebanese prepared foods (from Mom's, which is in most LA County markets) and huge pastries from La Spaghettata.

          2. Monday West Hollywood has the rotisserie chicken guy. I haven't tried it but people rave about it and it smells really good.