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Aug 3, 2009 05:58 PM

farmers market at 3rd and fairfax

will be grabbing lunch at the farmers market next week. we would like to get an idea of what fellow foodies think of the eats available. they seem to be woven throughout the threads, but nothing concise and specific or all in one topic.

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  1. Banana Leaf is my favorite, especially for the mee goreng. Loteria Grill is outstanding for Mexican. Have never tried Monsieur Marcel but a French friend said he liked it.

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    1. re: houndofmusic

      Agreed on both Singapore's Banana Leaf, and Loteria. A curry puff from one, and tacos from the other are a great outing. Now, I'm just wanting to get back to try Huntington meats. Their selection impressed me last time...

    2. Very hit or miss. Some of the hits are:

      Singapore's Banana Leaf
      French Crepe Company
      Gumbo Pot
      Bob's Donuts

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      1. re: wutzizname

        Agree on all counts except for the crepe place... only been there once and had a completely mediocre and expensive savory crepe (don't remember which kind-- this was years ago). Is there a specialty there that I may have missed out on?

        Those buttermilk donuts at bobs are dense and wonderful and the cinnamon buns are a steal at $1.25 for a massive thing, lightly glazed with a generous dollop of cinnamon, without the buckets of cream cheese dumped on top that most people expect these days.

        And I really, really want to love Bennet's ice cream more than I do, but now at $4.50 for a single (small) scoop, the love is fading.

        Also, Moishe's is quite good, but also expensive.... chicken kabobs, baba ghanoush and tabouli for upwards of $12.

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Good point. The only thing I get from the crepe place are their waffles, which are pretty decent. The crepes are in fact eh at best.

          And I'm right there with you about Bennet's. The ice cream isn't even that great and the price is just absurd. Especially now that you can walk up Fairfax and get a scoop of Scoops from Golden State for $2.

          1. re: wutzizname

            Ironically, according to the Farmer Market Cookbook, Bennett mottos include 'a fast nickel beats a slow dime' and 'make good food at a fair price, and you'll make a living.'

            I wouldn't buy that book for the recipes, but its got some interesting stories about all the different vendors at the Farmer's Market.

            1. re: hobbess

              Agreed. Even at Costco the price was not justified by the recipes but the pix and the text were interesting.

      2. I know I'll get flak for this, mainly from misplaced southerners, but we really like the Gumbo Pot, find it to be well-spiced cajun food, which is hard to find in LA.

        1. Also, check out this extensive account from a Chowhound/blogger. He tried every place in the market, ranked them into three tiers, and gave details on most in subsequent posts. A couple years old but not that much has changed there.

          1. I second Loteria (I love their tacos sampler, not on the menu anymore, but if you ask they'll do it for you, and the queso fundido) and Singapore Banana Leaf (pretty much everything), hands down the 2 winners.
            I'm French, and honestly I think neither the crêpes place nor Monsieur Marcel are really good. Bob Donut's is great, and I like the Gumbo Pot too, especially because they have cheap (if unmemorable) oysters. I also like Moishe's on the other side of the market (near Monsieur Marcel).

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            1. re: bad nono

              Loteria - food is not even memorable. Nothing worse than pretentious watered down Mexican food.

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                I agree completely. Skip Loteria, drive east on 3rd and hit a taco truck on the way.