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Suggestions for Grand Central Market?

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I'm taking my knives to be sharpened at Ross Cutlery in the "historic Bradbury Building" on Friday and also taking my two girls for a little walking tour around downtown LA.

After perusing the Bradbury Building, we want to go to Grand Central Market for lunch. I haven't been there since I worked downtown a LONG time ago -- I used to get gorditas at some stand but I can't remember which one. Anyone have any suggestions for any particular purveyor?

And, does anyone know if Angel's Flight has re-opened?

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  1. Ana Maria's is well known for their gorditas. Unfortunately, Angels Flight is not yet re-opened but, it is being worked on as we speak.

    1. Ana Maria's or Roast to Go is probably what you want. While at Grand Central, however, you might look closely at some of the vendors and check what they've got. If you like nuts, you might check to see all the varieties available and pick up some. If you like Tequila, you might look for some Sangrita to drink before/after a shot.

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      1. re: mc michael

        I second Roast to Go. Awesome pescado tacos!

      2. Lots of produce as well. Much of it is very reasonably priced...

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        1. re: bulavinaka

          And much of it not very fresh, unfortunately.

          I like the licuados bar at the back end, that's about it.

        2. Thanks for all the tips! Sorry to hear about Angel's Flight. I was definitely going to check out the produce at Grand Central.

          1. Took the advice of several on this board and my daughters and I milled about Grand Central Market until we found Ana Maria's, which is probably the place where I used to get my gorditas years ago while working downtown. We ordered three, and could have easily split two. Yummy! It was the girls' first try of gorditas and while they had a bit of trouble getting their little mouths around the hot pocket stuffed with roasted chicken, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, guac and sour cream (we forewent the salsa), it was very satisfying. Thanks SO much for the tips!

            Got a couple of nothing special smoothies at a nearby stand.

            I do agree about the produce, though in terms of it being sub-par. We browsed two of the larger produce stands and soft grapes, black bananas and mushy onions were standard. I recollect this also from my earlier days there. IT seems some produce markets are bottom of the list for distribution (Elat Market on Pico/Robertson used to have miserable produce when I lived in the area; can't say if that's still the case), the reasons for which I can speculate at, but don't know.

            Had high-minded ambitions of hitting MOCA and Central Library after, but my girls love to shop for clothes, so Santee Alley was where we headed.

            By the way, Ross Cutlery seems to have done a great job with the knives.

            1. I used to go to the Grand Central Market all the time. Really good tacos and juice from Flip Wilson's stand were must-haves. I went recently and was really bummed. The produce didn't look good and most of the interesting places have closed. Roast to Go is still good, but not good enough to make a special trip there.

              1. I ended up wandering a little farther from the neighborhood than I planned this morning, one thing led to another, and I was in Downtown, by Grand Central Market. (I realized Friday's visiting date has come and gone, but hey, maybe someone else will search on this.)

                I definitely agree with Roast To Go; it's pretty much the only place I go to when I'm there. (I used to pick up a couple of empanadas at the Argenitnian place, but it closed a year or so ago.) I got a carnitas taco and a pescado taco as part of this nutritious breakfast. (I have yet to work up the courage for lengua or cabeza.) The other places are pretty much standard take-away places you find in any strip mall or food court. And I also agree about the produce; it all looks really mushy and bad.

                1. We love the pupusas.

                  If you shop carefully for produce you can get some good bargains. I like the dollar shop in the basement - lots of fun crap!

                  1. Years ago, we use to go the place that sold fried shrimp & fish, it was out the front of the market. Maybe it's next door to the Grand Central Market? Any idea if it's still around?

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                    1. re: Cinnabon

                      I believe that it's still next door but, it's noit nearly as good as:

                      Johnny's Shrimp Boat
                      (323) 262-8713
                      2712 Whittier Blvd
                      Los Angeles, CA 90023

                    2. Just saw this mentioned in post from ChowPatty. Anyone know the hours? Could I do an early dinner there?

                      okay -- just remembered I am on the internet and answered my own question -- Monday - Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.