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Jun 1, 2014 02:29 PM

Pommes Frites, mar vista farmer''s market, sundays.

Those perfectly crunchy and tender on the inside frites are gloriously great especially when dipped in the garlic sauce.

And each batch looks to be prepared fresh to order.

It's quite good for "authentic belgian frites" and makes me miss the now long defunct benita's frites a little bit less.

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    1. Is this the same guy who did the belgian fries along with his delicious belgian waffles at the W.L.A. farmers market south of santa monica blvd. near the old court?

      Please give details -- days and times, location, price of the frites...

      10 Replies
      1. re: nosh

        Yep. No waffles though now.

        1. re: kevin

          His waffles, while pre-made and reheated the morning I had them, were delicious -- thick, crispy, hot, sweet, fluffy inside.

          1. re: nosh

            Yeah, I think he stopped carrying them at Mar Vista, not enough demand. Agree with your assessment, although I found them a touch too sweet for my tastes.

        2. re: nosh

          Yes, same guy. He moved over about a year ago. Bigger crowds for him. Prices have changed a few times as he was trying to determine what the market wanted. At times it included one sauce.

          Currently, $5/7 for a small/large. No sauce. Sauce is $1/cup.

          Sundays at the Mar Vista Famer's market on Grandview and Venice. Market times are 9-2. He's on the east side of the street close to USPS doors in between Chocovivo and the Mexican place with the nachos.

          I've stated this before but a pleasant treat is to order a burger from the market burger stand across the way, walk over and order the fries. We split everything between two people and it's a good morning starter. We used to wash it down with a pint of chocolate milk from the milk vendor but they no longer show up in the market. Now our drink of choice is the agua frescas from the Oaxacan stand that also has the ice cream and sorbets.

          1. re: Jase

            Thanks Jase.

            You could also give the cue stand a try.

            The fries complemented my lobster roll quite nicely.

            And the fries don't come standard with a dipping sauce.

            1. re: kevin

              I tried cue stand a couple of times when they first showed up. I haven't been motivated to try them again.

              Yeah, saw the one of the lobster roll trucks was there but if was one we had tried already.

              We go to that market almost every week. The market burger place uses ingredients from every vendor in the market. The meat is from Dey Dey's organic meats.

              You might try a loaf of jalapeno corn bread from Homeboy Bakery is good for keeping around as a snack. A lightly toasted slice with some butter makes for a quick tasty bite.

              1. re: Jase

                The cue stand is Dray's BBQ. Try the boneless pork and ask Andre to chop it up for you. He likes to call it pulled pork but whatever he calls it, it is good. He never sauces the meat, preferring to include a container with your order. The mac 'n' cheese is good, too.

                1. re: NeverEnough

                  I've had their cue a few times. I would never recommend it to anyone.

            2. re: Jase

              ... and you can chow while you get your knives sharpened, too.

          2. The fries are quite good.

            But they cost $5 for a small and $7 for a large, plus $1-2 for sauces. That's too much for street food.

            I tried them, and I'm glad I tried them, but I won't be buying them again.

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            1. re: Bjartmarr

              it is expensive.

              you won't be trying them due to the cost or you just don't like em enough ????????

              1. re: kevin

                I won't buy them again (at least not on a regular basis) because they're too expensive for potatoes that you gobble down while perched on a bus stop bench. If somebody else is picking up the tab, I'll happily indulge.

                Other offerings within walking distance for about the same or less money:
                * Santouka ramen or Hannosuke ten don: $10 gets you a full meal, plus a place to sit, and they're both delicious
                * Pepe's
                * Grand View Market (sandwiches, $8, a little overpriced but not too bad, the toasted roast beef and swiss with sauerkraut is pretty good, they have a dining area and some reasonably decent beers on tap)
                * Siam Chan Thai ($5.50 lunch special until 3pm, nothing to write home about but it's cheap and satisfying)

                1. re: Bjartmarr

                  Different strokes. IMO, $5 gets you a pretty large order of an item you can't get anywhere else easily or of comparable quality. Most orders of ordinary fries run $3-4 and smaller quantity.

                  Yes it's not something I get every week but is an item that I think is a good bargain for an indulgence.

                  1. re: Jase

                    Exactly. You can't really get these fries anywhere else.

                    1. re: kevin

                      I also don't think comparing them to completely different items that happen to be close to the same price point is fair.

                      1. re: Jase

                        And the small is definitely not tiny either.

                        Two can easily share.

                        I'm curious how much say the stand has to pay to the association or whoever puts on the farmer's market every sunday to be there.

                        dray's strawberry cake with buttercream frosting is incomparable stuff.

                        quite exceptional if they have it.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Gosh, this guy's waffle was good -- it is at least 5 years ago I had it on a chilly morning but I still remember it.

                          Anyone know his online ID or what other markets he might sell at?

                          1. re: nosh

                            i have no clue.

                            report back if you know.

                            i did try one of his liege waffles served cold (cold ? i think) but it was still good, i think the flavors are certainly there.

                            1. re: nosh

                              I know Patrick is currently at the Thursday City Hall Market, not sure about the status of the Tuesday one across the street. I can ask him to confirm his weekly schedule.

                              But at the moment, no waffles at any of the markets, much to my chagrin.

                              1. re: baloney

                                yeah, if you can find out that would be great.


                                1. re: kevin

                                  Is that Downtown L.A. City Hall on Thur? Where can one park?

                              2. re: nosh

                                I plan to be at Mar Vista this Sunday. I'll see what kind of info I can get unless Baloney beats me to it if he sees him on Thursday.

                                1. re: Jase

                                  sounds great.

                                  anyone have the details on the Thurs location ????


                                  1. re: kevin

                                    Yep, Thursdays at City Hall (can't help with the parking, I usually park around Spring/2nd and walk) and also Arts District in the evening. Plus the Sunday Mar Vista, obviously. He also will be starting the Sunday Studio City FM next month.

                                    1. re: baloney

                                      Checked with him today and Baloney is right on the nose. He did add that when the Tuesday downtown one starts up again he'll plan to be there. Also a mention of doing burgers with or at the brewery Thu night.

                                      1. re: Jase

                                        where's the brewery ?

                                        Is the french fries guy making burgers too ????

                                        Thanks man.

                              3. re: kevin

                                Other posters have also mentioned Dray's desserts as worthy. I just never think of it when I'm in the mood. After being disappointed by them those few times, their stand doesn't even make my radar any more, I just walk right past without paying attention. They seem like nice enough people and maybe it's that their cue doesn't work for my tastebuds.

                  2. Jl weren't you the originally one that tipped us off to this joint ??????

                    6 Replies
                    1. re: kevin

                      To be honest I don't even remember.

                      I was (and still am) a customer of that stand, though... Ever since his stint at the West LA Farmer's Market (Purdue & Santa Monica) a few years back.

                      1. re: J.L.

                        Yeah, that's where I originally saw him at.

                        then one day i scratched my head and was despondent he wasn't there at the SM one.

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Yeah, the original report about the SM one is where I first learned about him. Thanks to whoever did point that out.

                          When he showed up at Mar Vista, that's when he confirmed he was moving because the traffic was better at Mar Vista.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            i guess you did in fact tip me off to the joint.

                            so there you go.