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What should I buy or eat at 3rd street farmers market

caitlink Mar 7, 2009 04:46 PM

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.

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    NYCnowLA RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 04:48 PM

    The fudge and/or toffee from Littlejohn's.

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      lolabelow RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 05:35 PM

      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.

      1. Will Owen RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 06:34 PM

        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.

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          Hackenbush RE: Will Owen Mar 7, 2009 10:54 PM

          The stand you're thinking of is probably Charlie's.

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          junipersong RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 06:55 PM

          Pinkberry. Delicious frozen yogurt that is a bit overexposed here (not that that makes me love it less) but if you've never had it, definitely worth giving a go.

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            ReelMike84 RE: junipersong Mar 7, 2009 07:07 PM

            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.

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              junipersong RE: ReelMike84 Mar 7, 2009 08:02 PM

              Pinkberry's actually doing pretty poorly and I doubt it will do any more expanding. It's definitely worth trying for an out-of-towner and especially an out-of-USA-er.

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                dmurphy04 RE: ReelMike84 Mar 7, 2009 08:42 PM

                Amen to the Bennett's post. Their milkshakes are out of this world (both in taste, and price, unfortunately).

                And don't miss the amazing french crepes stand, and the kiosk specializing in hard-to-find sodas.

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                  a213b RE: dmurphy04 Mar 9, 2009 09:52 AM

                  Umm, is this the same crepe place that's in the middle? If so, it is an abomination. I had a "Crepe Suzette" there that rivaled an of the worst food I've ever had.

                  It was like a soggy crepe with pure alcohol on top. Disgusting!

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                    lalf RE: a213b Feb 10, 2011 11:17 PM

                    I second that condemnation of the crepe place. My husband, who is half French, and I also tried the "Crepe Suzette." It was hideous. He was appalled.

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              bad nono RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 09:18 PM

              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.

              1. SaltCod RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 11:23 PM

                I like almost everything at The Gumbo Pot, but my favorite place is Singapore's Banana Leaf. This blog has some good pics of the food. It's delicious.


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                  Clyde RE: SaltCod Mar 9, 2009 09:52 AM

                  Singapore's Banana Leaf is my favorite! I also love Bob's Donuts. Thee's bakery is pretty good too, but Little Johns Toffee is worth tasting - you can even ask them for a sample and they'll give you a little piece.

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                  aliris RE: caitlink Mar 7, 2009 11:31 PM

                  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?

                  1. uhockey RE: caitlink Mar 8, 2009 02:59 PM

                    Dinosaur Donut and Coffee from Bob's Donuts. :-)

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                      ronsilverado RE: uhockey Mar 8, 2009 07:26 PM

                      they also make a fantastic arnold palmer.

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                        elnora RE: ronsilverado Feb 14, 2011 04:02 PM

                        i also highly recommend the apple fritter from bob's

                        so good, crispy, crunchy... next to primo's buttermilk bars, my favorite donut in LA.

                    2. CynD RE: caitlink Mar 8, 2009 03:55 PM

                      I second the toffee from Littlejohn's. Freshly ground peanut butter from Magees (have them fill the container from the fresh stuff being churned). Corned beef from Magees. I'd take Moishe's over Loteria.

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                        wutzizname RE: CynD Mar 8, 2009 04:17 PM

                        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.

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                          caitlink RE: wutzizname Mar 8, 2009 07:39 PM

                          Is the market really open from 9 to 9pm? And i can have dinner there? Are the vendors open all day long? Thanks.

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                            bad nono RE: caitlink Mar 8, 2009 08:32 PM

                            Yes to all your question, but be aware that some vendors start closing down before 9 PM. Have fun!

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                              wutzizname RE: bad nono Mar 8, 2009 10:10 PM

                              You can definitely have dinner there, but several of the vendors do start closing down as early as 7:00. Usually later on the weekends. But several of them stay open till 9. Loteria for sure.

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