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Jan 26, 2007 01:08 PM

Farmer's Market LA (Fairfax & 3rd) - What to eat?

My wife and I are planning to have lunch there this Saturday. So what's good? Crepe? Gumbo? What else?

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  1. Loteria is my personal favorite. Everything they make is good. I also really like Singapore's Banana Leaf. Moishe's makes a good gyro. I love the croque monsieur at Mr. Marcel, though be warned that the service there is intolerable. And if you have room for desert, I highly recommend the funnel cakes at Country Bakery.

    The crepe place is decent, but I'd avoid the Gumbo Pot. I know some people on the boards like it, but I used to live in New Orleans and it is nothing like authentic creole or cajun cooking.

    1. Bennett's Homemade Ice Cream!

      (Not to be confused with Gill's Ice Cream which is not homemade, it's Ross Thrifty)

      1. My favorite is the corned beef (plus cabbage, corn on the cob or mashed potatoes, whatever you're in the mood for) from Maggie's. Pretty much the tastiest, best corned beef in LA, imo. I hope someone can prove me wrong.

        1. Magee's corned beef sandwich. The rice-and-meat bowls at the Korean barbecue place. SOME things at the Gumbo Pot, however inauthentic, are perfectly acceptable: the red beans and rice, the jambalaya, the gumbo, and the "Cajun" potato salad - in fact, one of my favorite meals there is a Magee's sandwich with their coleslaw and the GP potato salad. And the short-order joint next to the wine bar (Charlie's?? Can never remember) has some pretty acceptable breakfast grub. I keep hearing how faboo Loteria is and keep waiting for it to be, really, but so far it hasn't (but at least it's expensive). I still need to check out Banana Leaf, and try more stuff from Moishe's.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            Oh, and listen: the Du-Par's pies, at the pie counter outside of the restaurant, have their big fans, too, but I dropped four bucks plus change on a tiny slice of gooseberry, just because I've been so long without any gooseberries, and regretted every bite. Plywood crust, overcooked berries (though at least they were tart) stuck into a sweet, almost solid mass of glue.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Thanks for the Magees rec. I just tried the corned beef sandwich today and now it's on my permanent list. A great option for when you're too far from Langers for pastrami but are craving a tender flavorful sandwich. Getting hungry again thinking about it.

              1. re: Will Owen

                I'd stay away from the Korean place. Was there last weekend and we ate there. Meat was good but everything else wasn't. No kimchee. No veggies. Bad rice. I'd eat elsewhere, especially considering the variety available.

              2. i second singapore's banana leaf. no other food like that around town.