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Heading back to Original Farmer's Market for first time in years...wtf do I buy?

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I haven't been back to the OFM since my taste buds matured - to put it in perspective, the last time I was there I still loved to eat at Cheesecake Factory.

I've only been to the meat market + gumbo joint. What else is good around there these days, esp. to take home? Donuts?

I'll be hitting up Short Order.

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  1. Little john's English toffee is the best.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I don't like toffee. Will lil john change my mind?

      1. re: ns1

        It just might. I find Littlejohn's toffee far superior to any other I've had.

          1. re: Steve Green

            okay, Littlejohn's toffee did in fact change my mind. Bought 1/4 pound on Friday, killed it so fast we came back to buy another pound on Saturday. Already ate half of that box too.

            1. re: ns1

              now that's what i'm talking about.

              1. re: kevin

                no seriously, this stuff is SO FREAKING GOOD

                 
          2. re: ns1

            One thing about little john's is that the interplay of rich butter to sugar to the crushed nuts makes it extremely delicious and not terribly and saccharinely sweet.

            it's pretty darn good stuff, and that's no joke.

            1. re: kevin

              Little John's has the best toffee. Ask them for a sample.

              1. re: paprkutr

                Went to Little John's and got the toffee. It is a great as you guys said! Just got a half pound and each of us got a nice sample before we bought it. Also tried the fudge, but it wasn't up to the toffee.

        1. Have your taste buds really matured...

          Is what your eating now better then that bite you experienced at the Cheesecake Factory? Key word is experienced.

          Don't be a douche and succumb to the Foodie Lemming factor nothing is good unless you say it is good.

          If you look for approval for your eating pleasure then there is no hope for you.

          Sure take note of the good places offered here as a start but don't put yourself down because you liked Cheesecake Factory. Stand up for your taste buds and be happy.

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          1. Bob's Donuts are always great, even if they don't make you feel very good. The chocolate-frosted raised and the honey-wheat (btw, any '80s hounds remember when they were called "honey whole-wheat"?)

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            1. re: MoreMolecules

              Bob's buttermilk cake and buttermilk crumb are insanely good. They look like they're going to be dry as hell, and then you bite into them and they're so moist and flavorful. The perfect coffee dunking donut.

              Also, the laksa at Singapore banana leaf is good. And although it's fucking overpriced, the chicken kebab plate with tabbouleh and baba ghanoush (or mouhamara) at Moishe's is insanely tasty. (it had better be for $14)

              Magee's corned beef and cabbage is very good too.

              Avoid the French crepe place and Monsieur Marcel's at all costs.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                I did enjoy the chocolate mousse at Monseiur Marcel's though.

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Day 1: Tried the buttermilk (plain) as well as the apple fritter. Buttermilk was super bland and lacked any texture whatsoever, dipping it in shakerato didn't help. Maybe it needs straight coffee to dunk into? Apple fritter wasn't better, tasted burnt.

                  Day 2: Tried the crumb donut this time, and while it was better it was also nothing to write home about. Not better than my local donut place, and not a revelation like The Donut Man

                    1. re: ns1

                      is a shakerato anything like a sharknado?

                      1. re: linus

                        4 shots espresso/milk/honey.

                      2. re: ns1

                        I'm totally confused. You're replying to my comment re Bob's, then proceed to say how much you didn't like Bob's, and then you say Bob's was a revelation. Unless you mean that in a negative way, I don't understand at all what you're trying to communicate.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          Got confused on the names - bobs at farmers market was weak. The donut man in Glendora was a revelation.

                          1. re: ns1

                            you were comparing the same item at both places right ? rather than say, comparing a bob's crumb donut to a peach donut from the donut man in glendora in season, right ?

                            1. re: kevin

                              I'm comparing Bob's crumb donut to the one I can get at my local donut shop.

                              fresh fruit donuts from donut man are a different league entirely.

                              1. re: ns1

                                Wow. Not even sure how to respond. It's like we're existing in different donut universes.

                                Bob's buttermilk crumb is one of my favorite things to get at the Farmer's Market. I sometimes bring a dozen to work, and after my coworkers initial disappointment after a lifetime of conditioning of seeing 101 colors when they open a box of doughnuts, after one bite they last about 45 seconds.

                                What's your local donut shop? I'm ready to do a taste-off.

                                Mr Taster

                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                  my fiance actually questioned your chow cred. I had to save it with "but this is the guy that opened our eyes to Feng Mao Mutton Kebab"...

                                  1. re: ns1

                                    "but this is the guy that"

                                    :)

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      ns1, I really want to understand specifically what you prefer about your local donut shop's crumb (is it straight up cake, or buttermilk?). I'm absolutely ready to do a side-by-side comparison.

                                      I have no idea what a "shakerato" is, but I'm sure they're not from the era that these donuts are from. Bob's buttermilk are the kind of old fashioned donuts that got lost in time decades ago, waylaid in the public consciousness with those terrible Entenmann's boxed donuts (which I grew up choking down, as they were a fixture on my family table in the 70s and 80s) and later by the super light, raised Krispy Kreme variety (which would obviously disintegrate in hot coffee). Bob's is the kind of donut that my grandparents would have eaten 80 years ago. There's a comforting element about them in that they're simple and unadorned, but sturdy, and can be ever so slightly crispy on the outside edges (I don't understand your "lack of texture" claim at all), and overall are very well made. They're the quintessential coffee-dunking donut-- dense but moist. Contrast with an Entenmann's dense and dry donuts, which *require* a dunk in order to be comfortably swallowed. Over time, this kind of donut has lightened up considerably-- maybe that's where our expectations diverge. Modern cake (non-risen) donuts have become like little fried vanilla cakes. Which is fine, but it's not what I'm looking for in a real honest-to-goodness old fashioned coffee-dunking donut.

                                      Mr Taster

                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                        Shakeratos are four shots of espresso, ice, and honey, shaken not stirred. An iced espresso drink that bob's definitely does not serve.

                                        it's doled out at Short Cakes in the farmer's market by your favorite purveyors, the slivertons.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          So wait, ns1 dunks a Bob's buttermilk donut in ICED coffee, and his fiancee is questioning MY Chowhound cred...?! ;-)

                                          I keed, I keed.

                                          Mr Taster

                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                            oh, shit, maybe i noted too much information.

                                            i don't really want to start another online war.

                                            as a late, wise man once said:

                                            Can't we all just, ummm, uuummm, ummm... get along ?

                                          2. re: kevin

                                            Nice article on not only the shakerato, but a dessert inspired by it as well: http://laist.com/2012/06/01/creme_car...

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              There's also milk in there.

                                            2. re: Mr Taster

                                              The buttermilk donuts were moist but did not have the textural you speak of - they were not slightly crispy on the outside edges. Maybe it's cuz it was 3pm or whatever but it was the same texture all the way through. It actually reminded me of a moist Hostess crumb donut.

                                              The Bob's buttermilk plain, in your own words, "required" a dunk in order to be comfortably swallowed. Of course, the only thing I had around me was a Shakerato and it did not make the donut any better. I wasn't willing to drop another buck fifty just to have proper coffee so I could dunk a donut into it. It was calories and dollars not well spent.

                                              My "local" place is Dad's Donuts in Burbank, Victory/Buena Vista. The donuts are slightly crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. I'm not saying the donuts are worth driving for, I'm just saying Bob's isn't worth driving for.

                                              1. re: ns1

                                                I suspect it's the time of day that's the issue. I don't eat them often, but when I do, it's in the morning.

                                                There's usually several people in line when I arrive, and they've always got several trays of donuts cooling next to the ones that are being sold to customers, so there's high turnover.

                                                When I buy them for my office (which is once every couple of months) they've been very consistent, as described above. I've never, ever experienced a dry Bob's buttermilk cake or crumb (and they don't last until the afternoon).

                                                I've always got my own supply of coffee (Chemex brewed) which I take to work in a thermos, so I arrive to work dunk-ready.

                                                Mr Taster

                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                  Yeah I highly suspect it's the timing. Ever get the beignet? how is it?

                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                    Terrible.

                                                    It would be fine if they didn't call it a beignet-- it's not light and tender enough. It's really a square risen donut covered with powdered sugar. So, if you eat it with those expectations, you'll be fine.

                                                    Mr Taster

                                                2. re: ns1

                                                  If you lost me at "shakerato" but you utterly confound me by criticizing a donut that you bought at 3:00 p.m.

                                          3. re: ns1

                                            thanks.

                                            i misread.

                                            my bad.

                                            sometimes speed reading is just ...

                                    2. re: ns1

                                      what did you think of the shakerato ????

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        It was pretty good for a milk based coffee drink, of which I'm not usually a fan.

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          it sure as hell ain't my coffee drink of choice: cafe sua dua (sp?).

                                          esp when it comes with a great atmosphere for the added attractions.

                                    3. re: Mr Taster

                                      Stopped by Singapore Banana Leaf, tried the mee goreng w/ egg + satay.

                                      Mee goreng was life changing - I need to find me more of this ASAP. Egg was a little overcooked, chicken satay nothing to write home about. Of course I can't have any of that peanut sauce which looked super delicious, so my review of the satay is for the straight up chicken.

                                       
                                    4. re: MoreMolecules

                                      Yes to Bob's Donuts. I can't get off their apple fritter. Crispy fried, appley goodness.

                                    5. Short Order is celebrating with Dine LA - $15 dollar lunch! Loteria is too. The great Bakery is gone :(

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                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                          I love their custard shakes but I don't like burgers unless they are cooked on a griddle.

                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                            ive heard the cocktails there are very good.

                                            loteria was kinda meh last time i went.

                                            1. re: linus

                                              I can't get past the fact that they charge father's office prices for what it distinctly a sub par FancyBurger(tm). If you're going to charge those FUB prices, you'd better have a product to justify them especially when competition in LA for FancyBurgers(tm) is so fierce.

                                              Can't vouch for the cocktails.

                                              Mr Taster

                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                I could not have put it any better, Mr. Taster. Their food is good, but their prices are not, and with all the local competition, no point in getting gouged.

                                            2. re: Mr Taster

                                              short order sucks, but it's bakery sisster is pretty good.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Agree +1 for Short Cake and not Short Order

                                            3. re: chewbacca

                                              ...that's why I'll be in the area. Rueben is $14. DineLA is $15. No brainer for this Reuben addict

                                              1. re: ns1

                                                Haven't tried the reuben-- just two different burgers (on two different occasions) and each time I left feeling empty inside both my soul and my wallet.

                                                I really dislike the whole Silverton "down-home-fancy" schtick. You cannot be down to earth and charge $12-$14 for a hamburger. It's the false pretense of hominess that rankles my bunches.

                                                For all the ridiculousness of Father's Office, at least they're not pretending to be down-to-earth. I can respect that more than I can the illusion that Silverton tried to project. (Please, take the fucking wheelbarrow off the roof.)

                                                By the way, for anyone who's interested, I'm not this crotchety in real life :)

                                                Mr Taster

                                                1. re: Mr Taster

                                                  For a really great burger in the area The Golden State is just two blocks north on Fairfax. Beer floats too.

                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                    Yup. And they don't charge extra for a side, either-- which you would think would be de rigeur, part of the age-old unofficial contract between burger purveyor and customer-- but in this day & age, is not.

                                                    I talked with one of the guys once (Jason, I think) and he was philosophically opposed to the idea of french fries a la carte. I appreciate and respect that. He's charging a fair price (for the area), using high quality ingredients, and making a nice profit for himself. It's capitalism the way it should be-- without the gouging (although one could argue they make up their profits on the expensive beer...!)

                                                    Mr Taster

                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                        And spicey sauce to dip those fries in. It's quite addictive.

                                                      2. re: Mr Taster

                                                        Jason is a cool, great guy. And of course, even more philosophical in his approach to beers.

                                                        In my opinion, Golden State's fish and chips are even better.

                                                        Though in the past year or so, the beer list is not as well-curated and unique as it once was, but that may just have a little something to do with every tom, dick, and harry opening up a gourmet beer food bar these days.

                                                        1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                          Pann's is better both of them for it's patty melt, which is the paragon and epitome of perfection.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            The patty melt is average in taste and above average in size. Taste is similar to Tops in Pasadena.

                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                              Panns isn't located in Farmers Market

                                                              1. re: jgilbert1000

                                                                My bad.

                                                                I thought there was a digressive discussion.

                                                                Fair enough.

                                                        2. re: Mr Taster

                                                          Taster, I'm going to get shit for this too.

                                                          but i agree with you 100 and ten fucking percent that "the whole Silverton "down-home-fancy" schtick" is lame, disingenuous, and not that great. (As many can tell, I'm not a fan of her Mozza joints and come to think of it I'm not a fan of Campanile through the years. I'm in the serious minority on my sentiments here --- though I have not tried her mozzarella bar at the Osteria yet).

                                                        3. re: ns1

                                                          Oh, and please let us know how the reuben is, and if the bread disintegrates halfway through eating it (as it does with the burger)

                                                          Mr Taster

                                                          1. re: Mr Taster

                                                            Yep. I got no interest in their hamburgers based on previous Short Order reviews (+ the comments above), but REUBEN!!! If they're out I might just walk out

                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                              ns1, save your dollars at least for some great sushi. please skip short order unless unless unless you just want to grab an OK version of a mixology cocktail. but do grab some great third wave coffee from its sister spot.

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                NOBODY has said the rueben sucked, so I'm going to go ahead and gamble $15 on it. Call it my DOM contribution.

                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                  mind you dont break a tooth or choke on the down home fancy schtick.

                                                            2. re: Mr Taster

                                                              Rueben @ Short Order.

                                                              Pretty good but not amazing; will not return for it as it didn't have the WOW factor. Bread was grilled pretty nicely so it didn't disintegrate. If anything it was grilled too crunchy.

                                                               
                                                          2. re: chewbacca

                                                            The short order bakery is gone ????

                                                            Or the bakery that has been there for years upon countless years.

                                                          3. Piedmontese beef at Marconda
                                                            Double baked almond croissant at Short Cake

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                                                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                              Grass fed strip steak at Marconda's on sale for $14ish/lb.

                                                              Mr Taster

                                                            2. Monsieur Marcel is fun. Good cheese and some other gourmet food items. Nice wine selection as well. Some good French roses. Little pricey.

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                                                              1. re: perk

                                                                I have found Monsieur Marcel's service appallingly bad, as in I'll never forget how rude and incompetent bad. I will never go back there after my wife's and my experience.

                                                                1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                  i've had pretty good luck with service there. but i tend to go during off hours when it's not quite as busy.

                                                              2. Loteria for sure- love the pollo mole tacos. Mr. Marcel's is awesome- great place for a glass of wine and a cheese plate after an early movie, and the grocery store (where the old Mr. Marcel's used to be) is terrific, albeit expensive as hell. Moishes is really good for middle eastern, and who can resist a piece of pie from Dupars?

                                                                And for the record I happen to like Cheesecake Factory- I went there last week as a matter of fact- what can I say? I was really craving sliders and a Mai Tai. And also for the record...the sliders were great, and 4 to a plate was waaaaay more than I could finish. Side of fries were terrific, and the Mai Tai was super strong- all for $22 (before tip). Beat that, fancy hamburger place!! :)

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                                                                1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                  Try the bleu cheese sliders at Go Burger. They are pretty amazing and I sort of despise bleu cheese.

                                                                  Sorry, I had to. :P

                                                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                    Is that the outdoor place on the 3rd St end? If so, I really like that place- they have grape soda and crushed ice.

                                                                    1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                      Nah, it is on Sunset and Vine next to the Arclight. I believe they are the same owners as BLT.

                                                                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                        As soon as I responded I realized which place it was :) I've walked by there often (going from Tender Greens to the Arclight) and have wondered about it. I love blue cheese!!! I'll try it out soon!

                                                                    2. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                      Go Burger is in the farmer's market.

                                                                      I kind of despise bleu cheese at times, in fact most of the time, but the bleu cheese balls from shunji's is quite exceptional. Beyond exceptional in fact.

                                                                      sorry, i had to do my requisite daily plug of shunji's once again, my apologies to pete for beating him to the punch.

                                                                    3. re: schrutefarms

                                                                      Schutey farms, we must repeal your chowhound credentials and licensure.

                                                                      Sorry.

                                                                      It's nothing personal.

                                                                      Just joking. Though I had to say it.

                                                                      Yes, most hounds don't like cheescake factory though some just say they don't even though they might to retain their street creds.

                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                        Street cred, Schmeet schmed. I will unabashedly state my love for large suburban chains anytime. Awesome Blossom, anyone?

                                                                    4. Harris Ranch beef (or chicken) pot pies from Huntington Meats. They also have good sausages.

                                                                      1. Toffee from the main man, little baby john.

                                                                        Grab some corned beef from magees along with some boiled potatoes, a bottle of that crushed horseradish. A couple of their absolutely and positively dreadful, but nostalgia inducing cheesey cheess enchiladas topped with black olives that seems to be firmly stuck in the Mexican American food of the 1950s.

                                                                        Grab a few regional sodas by the bottle from the soda fountain store though i have already forgotten the name.

                                                                        moishe's for a falafel or two.

                                                                        a cheese pie, with all its oily fucking goodness from patsy's, which is almost a elusive relic of times gone by.

                                                                        a couple scoops of the whatever fruit is in season ice cream from bennet's.

                                                                        almost anything and everything from singapore's banana leaf.

                                                                        skip short order.

                                                                        but add the coffee version of short order to the bill with either a capp, espresso, or if it's suffocatingly and oppressively hot outside perhaps a shakerato. and grab one of their s'mores scones and or perhaps the chcoolate cardammon cake or the chocolate cake.

                                                                        and if you are still hungry i still like the blackened fish po boys and fried oyster po boys from gumbo pot (but i repeat this is pretty terrible compared to even a crappy stand in NOLA).

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                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          Is Bennett's that long-countered place with the great fresh limeade?

                                                                          1. re: Steve Green

                                                                            Bennet's is the one in the back. I think you're talking about the other one across from Marconda's Meats that charges upwards of $5 for a TINY soft serve ice cream cone. Never tried the limeade.

                                                                            Mr Taster

                                                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                              Ice cream is better at Bennetts. Limeade better at "other ice cream place." But rec walking across the street to carmela instead and get a strawberry buttermilk ice cream sandwich.

                                                                              1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                The other ice cream place is called Gill's Old Fashioned

                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                  Yes, that's it. I'd venture to say that a gill's chocolate dip cove is, ounce for ounce, more expensive than Bulgarini. Somehow, I don't think "Gill" is personally sourcing Madagascar vanilla.

                                                                                  Mr Taster

                                                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                    Somehow I would wholeheartedly agree with you.

                                                                          2. re: kevin

                                                                            Ay yay yay,,, Banana leaf?? I can't un-recommend that place enough. Between that place and the cajun place also at the FM, I think I have my answer for your "worst restaurant in LA" thread.

                                                                            1. re: Eater15

                                                                              I like banana leaf :( can't find a mi goreng anywhere else.

                                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                                simpang has one with flavor if you don't mind that

                                                                                1. re: Eater15

                                                                                  far, but looks promising. bookmarked, thanks.

                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                    Probably no closer but Ramayani on Westwood Blvd. just south of Wilshire has it too https://084ecc6d-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.g...

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                      And i still gotta try their avocado milkshake which is a plus too.

                                                                          3. When I was a kid, we always got lizards there.

                                                                            1. Loteria Grill is fantastic, and you can get a cocktail at the bar direclty next door.

                                                                                  1. re: yogachik

                                                                                    +1 for Magee's PB or almond butter. I've given their small jars as part of holiday gift bags for my staff (with mini jars of jelly).

                                                                                    Their bulk nuts are also freshly roasted and good for snacking.

                                                                                  2. I don't think anywhere in LA smells as good as the Original Farmers Market does.

                                                                                    1. Corned beef, chicken plate with bulgar pilaf at Moishe's, hot dog and tater tots at the new place, Carmela ice cream across the street, coffee and brownie at Short Cake.

                                                                                      The brownie is best if it ages overnight in your car. Seriously. Dries it out.

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                                                                                      1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                        Mmm aged brownies.

                                                                                        Now that's what I'm talking about.

                                                                                        Just like I like my scotch.

                                                                                        1. re: JudiAU

                                                                                          The brownie on day 1 was inedible. Thanks to this post I did not throw it away. On day 2.5, it was freaking glorious. It was like one of the best brownies I've ever had...on day 2.5.

                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                            Yeah, kind of mushy and bad texture the first day. But later the texture is better and the flavor is excellent. Love the coffee in it. I usually have one aging in my purse.

                                                                                        2. Just came back from a run to the Apple Store. Stopped at Frizi Dog and had a carrot corn dog. The carrots are sous vide in some Arabic-style spice blend and thrown onto the grill for a bit, battered, and deep fried. With a side of spicy mustard, I was in heaven. And at four bucks, not a bad deal in my book. I will getting this again.

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                                                                                          1. re: djquinnc

                                                                                            So it's just a fried carrot on a squishy hot dog bun ?

                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                              "...carrot corn dog." "...battered, and deep fried."

                                                                                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                So it's a carrot that's been fried with the corn dog meat ??????

                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                  Do you know what a corn dog is??? It's a corn dog with a carrot instead of the weiner

                                                                                            2. re: djquinnc

                                                                                              I also stopped by Fritzi for a dog. Kosher dog corn dog. $5, pretty damn good. I would most certainly go back - I suggest asking for it well done to get it a little more crunchy. I would like to go back for their various tots.

                                                                                               
                                                                                            3. If you like to cook then don't leave without purchasing:

                                                                                              L.A.'s Original Farmers Market Cookbook

                                                                                              1. Final review for this post:

                                                                                                A buddy of mine stopped by the BBQ joint next to the ice cream stall because he didn't feel like waiting in the brazillian BBQ line. TRAGIC MISTAKE.

                                                                                                BBQ chicken = boiled chicken w/ BBQ sauce brushed on. It looked nasty as hell and he did not enjoy it.

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                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                  I thought I had warned you, but realized it was virtually every other Farmers Market thread I've contributed to where I've chimed in on that wretched BBQ place (though it's not hard to tell from the smell).

                                                                                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                    it wasn't me - he was SUPPOSED to head over to the brazillian bbq place but said "f it" and went to BBQ instead.

                                                                                                    I knew better lol

                                                                                                2. Anyone ever had the Cheeseburger at Charlie's Coffee Shop in the Farmer's Market?

                                                                                                  Charlie's Coffee Shop's Cheeseburger was featured on Travel Channel's "Burger Land" show hosted by George Motz.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Norm Man

                                                                                                    Have been getting my cheeseburger fix at Charlie's for many years and Charlie Sue sure makes a good one! She gets her ground beef from Huntington Meats and serves it on a soft whole-wheat bun. I get mine with 1000 island dressing rather than mayo and ketchup. Yum!

                                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                        Well I know where I'm going next time I'm at the FM.

                                                                                                  2. Short Cake, Nancy Silverton's coffee stand / bakery. I do not care much for bread pudding but theirs was fantastic. They also have savory bread puddings that are quite tasty too!

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                                                                                                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                      Please talk about the savory bread puddings more. I've only had one once, it was some kind of cauliflower bread pudding from Erewhon and it was delicious. What kind(s) does Short Cake have?

                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                        Normally I do not have a sweet tooth but for the bread pudding... Oh, lord! So I always go for that.

                                                                                                        I tasted my friend's croissant bread pudding with chiles, bacon & cheddar. It was really good.

                                                                                                        The other I have seen is also croissant and it had sun dried tomatoes and olives and I can't remember what else.

                                                                                                        1. re: gr8pimpin

                                                                                                          The almond croissant is supposed to be awesome. It's been sold out every time I try to buy it.

                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                            Which place is the almond croissant in reference too ?

                                                                                                            Thanks.

                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                              In the best CH imitation of the Kevin Bacon game (six degrees of separation) you are only 3 clicks of the names in the upper right hand corner of the posts above that will take you to that very information, starting with RE: ns1 in your post as the first of those 3 clicks. Try it kev and you'll be amazed at the results!

                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                  Good to hear. And leave it to me to miscount. It is actually 4 clicks. Math never was my long suit in school...

                                                                                                                2. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                  shit, i still couldn't find it;

                                                                                                      2. Do NOT miss Pappardelles for pasta, esp if you like gluten-free stuff.

                                                                                                        Beyond great.

                                                                                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/pappardelles-...

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                                                                                                        1. re: Beer_on_a_Stick

                                                                                                          Unfortunately, they closed their stall last year.

                                                                                                        2. I went to Moishe's btw:

                                                                                                          It was almost $20 for some freaking chicken wings and falafel. Wings were good, but most certainly not worth the $14 or w/e they charged for them. Falafel looked good but insides were still raw.

                                                                                                          Most appalling though was the indifferent service from the matriarchal staff. With lots of other options in that area, I won't be back.

                                                                                                          Little John's toffee also increased in price, approaching almost $30/lb for the toffee rolls.

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                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                            indifferent service from the matriarchal staff
                                                                                                            --------------------------------------------------------

                                                                                                            The service was indifferent to say the least.

                                                                                                            the muhummara was very very very good and so was the baba ghanjou. You're right the falafel balls were nothing special.

                                                                                                            No joke.

                                                                                                            Now I'm hungry.

                                                                                                            What should I eat for lunch ????

                                                                                                            decisions, decisions, decisions.

                                                                                                            1. re: ns1

                                                                                                              sorry that sucks.
                                                                                                              I like the banana leaf and this spot charlies at the west side has terrific and inexpensive burgers.

                                                                                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                i went to banana leaf too. wasn't as good as the first time :(

                                                                                                                Line for brazillian bbq is outrageous all the time though, but man that stuff looks GOOD.

                                                                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                  I like the lime aide there and the satays....you're right about the Brazilian bbq, always biggest line in the market.

                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                    ns1

                                                                                                                    You didn't follow my ordering instructions :)

                                                                                                                    Dark meat chicken kebab plate with mouhamara and baba ghanoush. It will cost you about $15, which is double what it should, but that is a spectacular plate of food. Love the tabbouleh too, but I'm not kicking my meal cost up to $20 for some parsley. (I'll sub it for one of the others, however).

                                                                                                                    Mr Taster

                                                                                                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                                                      I wasn't my plate of food, but duly noted ;)

                                                                                                                  2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                    I also like Banana Leaf a lot.

                                                                                                                    About Charlie's burgers, this is not the first time I read that. So, some time ago I went and got a burger. It was quite literally awful. It was worse than school cafeteria bad. It was a thin, unseasoned patty that had probably been frozen for eight years before thawing, too much mustard and everything else on it. Just really, really bad. I can't imagine I went to the right place.

                                                                                                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                                      maybe not right place...they get fresh meat from Huntington meats in the market. it's not big, but good.

                                                                                                                      1. re: EarlyBird

                                                                                                                        you might have gone to Phil's Deli almost across from McGee's at least i'm hoping.

                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                          It's been a while but it was definitely on the west patio, on the north side. Really disappointing burger.