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food at downtown farmer's market

ok, so i just got home from the fm and i was wondering what people's favorite food vendors are. i got the eggplant veggie gyro at the stall that is closest to grand st., and it was good, but nothing to write home about (and they charge $6 for it!). anyway, the eggplant was good but very oily, so much that the pita couldn't take it and broke apart (granted it had tabouleh in it, a decent hunk of feta, some roasted tomatoes i think as well as raw tomatoes, a pepporcini, etc. so it was pretty loaded). but yeah my mouth felt like it was swimming in olive oil, and i love oo! has anyone tried this vendor, and if so what do they like there? i know i hit it up once or twice last summer, but can't remember what i had. now that i think of it, i think it's the only stall ive bought food from. most of the stuff at the other vendors looks pretty good, but it's food you can get basically anywhere imo. the agua fresca stand looks good too, and i always want to try a couple (the hibiscus comes to mind), but the line was so long today when i passed by. i also picked up this raspberry crumb thing from this german baker stand that looked promising, especially since german bakeries seem pretty nonexistent in LA. i tasted it and it is pretty dang good (have to go easy tho), and i look forward to trying some more things from there. let me know what you all think!

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  1. Which one are you referring to? There are two downtown (the one at 7th and fig doesn't count!!). One on 5th near the library and one at the City Hall Lawn. I'm guessing you are referring to the one near the library.

    I've been to the place you mentioned. I had the veggie plate which was $10. It was ok but nothing to rave about. The chicken place is good though and I've been meaning to try the "less popular" food stalls.

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    1. re: kek is khmer

      There's also one on Friday's on the grounds of the building on the west side of South Hope, across from the Wells Fargo Center. (The one that's built on a funny angle; used to be the Arco building, then BP; don't recall who's name's currently on top.)

      1. re: kek is khmer

        Yes, I think it is the Financial District FM as OP talks about vendor close to Grand.

        FYI, there are five Farmers' Markets in downtown LA:

        Financial District Farmers' Market:
        Wednesday's from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Fifth Street between Grand Avenue and Flower Street
        California Certified Farmers' Mrket
        Fresh produce, flowers, bread and crafts along with food vendors (see article linked below)

        Chinatown Farmers' Market:
        Thursdays from 3-7 p.m.
        Parking lot at 727 N. Hill St. (between Alpine and Ord)
        This certified market has a selection of Asian produce as well as goods from farmers across Southern California. Parking is free in lot with purchase.

        Downtown Farmers' Market:
        Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
        From its new location on the south lawn of City Hall (formerly in Little Tokyo) Nearly 20 vendors sell fresh produce, rotisserie chicken, roasted peanuts, crèpes, tamales, crafts and artisan bread.

        Bank of America Farmers' Market:
        Fridays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Bank of America Plaza at 333 S. Hope St.
        Several dozen stalls: falafel, samosas and tamales, fresh produce, flowers, bread and crafts.

        7+Fig Farmers' Market:
        Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        Shopping mall at 725 S. Figueroa St.
        Petite market with enough stalls to get your fix of veggies, fruit, nuts and Kettle Corn.

        Taken from:
        http://www.downtownnews.com/articles/...

        1. re: yinyangdi

          thanks for the great info; that's good to know there's that many fm's downtown!

      2. There's decent tamales, bacon wraps, and I really like the oily, garlicky roasted potatoes at the rotisserie chicken place. The chicken is pretty good too, but the food there is a little expensive. I've had really bad luck with all kinds of fruit there. Plums, pluots, bananas, apples, and apricots have all disappointed me in flavor and texture. I'm not the most educated guy when it comes to produce, but I manage to pick out good fruit at the DT Ralphs and Food 4 Less most of the time.

        I like the hummus at one of the vendors, but it's a bit overpriced to me. They offer taboulleh, hummus or pita packets, any combination of 3 for 10 dollars. I enjoy the taboulleh salad and garlic artichoke hummus. Also tried the cilantro garlic hummus and wasn't as much of a fan.

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        1. re: MeAndroo

          yeah i just don't want to drop almost $10 on a meal when i'm at the farmers market if you know what i mean. granted, i'm usually on a student budget and would rather buy lettuce and fruit when i'm shopping there but you should be able to get something decent for no more than $5. that peruvian place seemed like they have decent food, and i guess $9 for a saltado is average these days. anyway, which hummus vendor did you buy yours from? that garlic artichoke hummus sounds like a must try. there is a vendor that sells grains of all sorts who makes a really nice creamy hummus for $5 i think, which seems to be the going rate. for that price, i've got to try and make it myself again, since it's only garlic, olive oil, tahini and chickpeas!

          1. re: unocal

            I can't remember the name of the vendor, but he's usually around the halfway point and facing the street. He's got a cooler full of different kinds of hummus and pushes samples like he's working at Costco. I'll post the name next Wednesday since I usually go every week.

            1. re: MeAndroo

              There's a vendor at the Friday market, who I've seen elsewhere around town (Pasadena on Saturdays, for example), and it sounds like the same one (cooler with many varieties, lots of samples). The name of the vendor is Mom's. Or Mom's something. Anyway, a Mom is involved. I like their roasted garlic hummous.

        2. Is this the Grand Central Market, near Hill? I love the food at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas. They have an amazing plate of carne asada, rice and beans for only $6.50. It's so much food you could easily feed 2.

          I know love is a strong word, but this case, it's not strong enough. :)

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          1. re: kotatsu

            No, this is the weekly farmers' market on Wednesdays in front of the library on 5th, between Grand & Flower.

            I always like getting myself a bacon-wrapped hot dog with everything except mayo & an agua fresca.

            The last time I was there, there was also a vendor serving up Peruvian saltados which were tasty enough, but which alas did not include the french fries (not really practical, I guess). Served with rice. Not a bad lunchtime option.

            1. re: Jack Flash

              I've eaten at the peruvian booth a number of times and am always fairly satisfied. It's like 9 bucks for a plate of soltado (like you said no fries ?!?) and aji. The aji isn't as spicy as I like it, but does a nice job adding a little boost to the meat, veggies and rice. I prefer the chicken to the beef or shrimp.

          2. Went down at lunch today and had some chicken saltados myself. Pretty tasty, and adds some variety to the normal downtown haunts. Agree that aji isn't that spicy, but nothing that a bottle of hot sauce in the desk drawer can't cure!