What should I buy or eat at 3rd street farmers market
Coming from out of town and not from US. What should i buy or eat at the farmers market. What are the must eats? Thanks.
I love the hummus (and spicy hummus) and tabouli from Moishe's. The falafel leaves much to be desired.
Loteria has great tacos and Merconda Meats is great for pork and beef.
My personal perennials are the red beans & rice and Cajun potato salad from the Gumbo Pot, the combo rice bowl with pork or beef from the Korean place in the same courtyard, the corned beef sandwich from Magee's, and the corned beef hash and eggs from the joint whose name I do NOT remember next to the beer & wine sports bar, Pete's or something like that. None of it life-changing, just pretty good and satisfying grub. The pizza place run by the tall old French woman has passed into the hands of some new-wave entrepeneur who, as far as I'm concerned, has bloody well ruined it, and I do not know as yet how the DuPar's revival is coming, though I have Hopes. I've also heard good things about the Malaysian stuff served on banana leaves, and our posse member Shawn loves her eggs-and-potatoes whatever from Loteria Grill. The last bite I had of that would tend to confirm her valuation.
Pinkberry!? Don't be looney. At the rate Pinkberry expands you'll have your very own corner store that drove out your favorite hot dog stand soon enough.
Go to LA ice cream institution Bennett's instead. I like the Choffee Choffee which blends coffee ice cream and toffee. Better then any cup of joe I've ever had.
Loteria Grill, definitively.
The lady who has a small but very-well stocked tea emporium is very knowledgeable and has good quality teas. Pricey but worth it, if you like leaf tea.
Across from her is one of the bakeries, I think their "dry" cookies (as opposed to their more elaborate creamy pastries) are very good.
There's another bakery I'd qualify of "East European", not far from Pinkberry, it's hit and miss but they have interesting pastries.
I like Singapore Banana Leaf, and the donuts at Bob's.
I second Moishe's and their mouhamara (spell?), etc.
At the Gumbo Pot they also serve very cheap oysters, but they tend to run out fast.
The Brazilian place is OK.
I like the nuts stand (sorry, can't remember the name). You could bring back some of their peanut butter, for example.
I'd pass on the crepes place, it's rather substandard, at least to my French palate. Monsieur Marcel (French groceries and restaurant) is grossly overpriced but decent.
Singapore Banana Leaf! (seconded at least) I dread coming within 5 miles of The Grove but when I have to the horror is almost completely relieved nowadays by the awareness that I might be able to slip in another visit to this place!
I want to like that donut stand but have only ever been greeted by fairly plebian fare. I'm probably ordering the wrong thing ... is there a particular donut of note?
And I'd take Loteria over Moishe's, so you'll just have to go with your gut.
I live up the block and eat at the market roughly every other day. The places I'd second from above are:
Loteria (mexican - almost all of it good to great, but be sure to try a potato taco)
Banana Leaf (Singaporean)
Bob's Donuts (my rec is the Apple Fritter, though it does help to get them early in the morning, or else ask which donuts are freshest/hot)
Gumbo Pot's not bad for Cajun. Not extraordinary, but if you're in the mood.