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Multicultural Treat - what cuisine!

  • Jul 26, 2005
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Pros: Location, Variety, Swanky, Fun!

Cons: Parking may be tight on weekends

The Bottom Line: Lots of fun with so much to sample and view. A real treat!

I was expecting a typical "Farmer's Market" and was pleasantly surprised at what I found! A virtual smorgasboard of world class food, atmosphere, shopping and just plain fun. This Farmer's Market is open every day of the week from 9AM until 9PM and there is always a crowd.

The market is an open air pavillion in downtown LA that patrons wander through. Super food representing the best of the world, Korean, Jewish Delis, Indian Food, Sushi, Japanese Food, Greek Food and the list goes on and on. It even has a Johnny Rockets for those who want a 50's Americana lunch.

There are outdoor eating spots where folks sit and eat or read the paper or play cards. There were many languages spoken and it was really fun just to watch the people. There were so many languages spoken that it was hard to keep up. Here is the listing of the restaurants:

Restaurants & Beverages

326 Beer & Wine [Locate] (323) 549-2156
Domestic beers and vintage wine by the glass.

Bobs Coffee and Doughnuts [Locate] (323) 933-8929
Critically acclaimed - the best donut shop in Los Angeles.

Bryan's Pit Barbecue [Locate] (323) 931-2869
Original Texas BBQ featuring chicken & ribs cooked to perfection over a wood burning pit.

Charlie's Coffee Shop [Locate] (323) 933-0616
Breakfast all day, omelettes, french toast, waffles, hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, drinks.

China Depot [Locate] (323) 937-6868
Authentic Chinese food. House specialties Moo Goo Sai and Beef Broccoli, take-out too.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf [Locate] (323) 857-0461
Great coffee, fantastic blends, superior teas, and a perfect patio for sipping as you watch the Farmers Market world stroll by.

Coffee Corner [Locate] (323) 938-0278
Coffee, tea, milk, espresso, cappuccino.

Deano's Gourmet Pizza [Locate] (323) 935-6373

Du-par's Restaurant [Locate] (323) 933-8446
Inside dining-famous for breakfast (served all day) and bakery. Excellent service 6:00am to 10:30pm.

E.B.'s Beer & Wine [Locate] (323) 549-2157
Looking for a variety of imported beer & wine? Find them here at reasonable prices.

The French Crepe Company [Locate] (323) 934-3113
French crepes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, coffee & hot chocolate.

The Gumbo Pot [Locate] (323) 933-0358
Authentic Cajun food - gumbos, jambalaya, cornbread, New Orleans beignets.

Johnny Rockets [Locate] (323) 937-2093
Hamburgers, B.L.T.s, malts, root beer floats, full breakfast.

Kokomo Cafe [Locate] (323) 933-0773
Modern California cuisine in a diner setting. Salads, soups, sandwiches, shakes. Waiter service.

La Korea [Locate] (323) 936-3930
Perhaps the best Korean barbecue in Los Angeles. Generous portions, a rich and varied menu and (if you so desire) a custom-grilled steak you can buy fresh from the butcher shop right next door.

¡Lotería! Grill [Locate] (323) 930-2211
Award winning regional Mexican kitchen.

Magee's Kitchen [Locate] (323) 938-4127
Roast meats - luncheons and dinners since 1917.

Maki Maki [Locate] **(323) 933-9211
California and Japanese Cuisine.

Market Grill [Locate] (323) 934-0424
Hamburgers, sirloin steak sandwiches, meat chops, sausage sandwiches, salads, appetizers.

Marmalade Café [Locate] (323) 954-0088
An outstanding décor compliments an equally outstanding breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Dine indoors or on the patio, enjoy the full bar, and be prepared to take your time – the menu here has lots and lots and lots of great choices.

Moishe's Restaurant [Locate] (323) 936-4998
Fine Middle Eastern cuisine, chicken, lamb, & beef shish kabob, rotisserie chicken, falafel, and shawerma. Also hamous, baba ghanouj, taboule.

Mr. Marcel Pain Vin Et Fromage [Locate] (323) 939-7792
An utterly charming little Paris shop right at home at Farmers Market – a phenomenal wine cellar, an amazing cheese and deli counter, groceries from the far corners of the world (and right next door, too). Angelenos love this place – come see why.

Pampas Grill [Locate] (323) 931-1928
Brazilian churrasco with beef, chicken, sirloin, sausage rotisserie, feijoada (black been stew), fried plantains, cheese bread, stroganoff, farofa, guarana, Brazilian salads.

Patsy D'Amore's Pizza [Locate] (323) 938-4938. FAX (323) 939-9399
New York style pizza and a variety of Neopolitan dishes– since1949.
Delivery and catering available.

Peking Kitchen [Locate] (323) 936-1949
Specializing in fine Chinese food.

Phil's Deli & Grill [Locate] (323) 936-3704
New York style deli, breakfast, lunch, dinner, box lunches, buffet, catering, party platters and baked potatoes.

The Refresher [Locate] (323) 939-6786
Thirsty? Come and choose from 42 different types of bottled soft drinks. While you’re there, try their delicious chocolate covered bananas.

The Salad Bar [Locate] (323) 933-3204
Salad bar, fruit salads, fresh squeezed vegetable & fruit juices.

Singapore's Banana Leaf [Locate] (323) 933-4627
Unique Malaysian menu featuring curries, tandoori chicken, beef or chicken satay, salads, soups and Paratha.

Starbucks [Locate] (323) 965-9594

Sushi a Go Go [Locate] (323) 930-7874
Fresh sushi, rolls, sashimi, salads, miso soup and green tea.

Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar [Locate] (323) 939-2078
Featuring seafood, salads, fish & chips, broiled fresh fish and chowders - fresh daily.

Ulysses Voyage Greek Restaurant [Locate] (323) 939-9728
Absolutely delicious Greek cuisine in an atmosphere as exquisite as the cooking. A lovely bar, a romantic dining room, a marvelous patio – and great Greek food, too.

The Village [Locate] (323) 936-9340
Discover the delicious and unique world of the peedeh, an oven fresh open faced Delight which is so much better than any you’ve had that you’ll understand why it’s far better – and far more tasty – than an ordinary “sandwich.”

The regular shops contain gourmet food such as imported cheeses and olives and fruits of all variety (locally grown). There are speciality boutique shops that cater to just about everything such as gourmet pet stores, tourist memorbilia, ethnic shops etc...

Farmer's Market is the best of both worlds, old charm with nods to expanded cuisines and cultures. A real treat in every sense of the word. A must see for any trip to Los Angeles! Parking is free in two large provided that you buy something. Parking can get congested on the weekend but there is an 8 story parking lot which charges about $5 for all day. Located right next to the CBS studios it's an easy walk for a tour of the studios. The Farmers Market is a great place to spot some stars too. You really never know who you are going to run into.

Right next to the Farmers Market is "The Grove" a very nice shopping pavillion that is very well planned. There are major stores here such as the Gap, Barnes and Noble, FAO Schwartz and several upscale restaurants. Take a stroll through the Grove and you are transported to an almost theme park pavillion. Strings of lights overhead, a large Vegas Style Fountain which dances to the sounds of Frank, Dean and other seasonish music. A large trolley train runs up and down which just thrills the tourists. A large 16 movie plex theater draws consistent crowds as it shows only first run movies. The movie staff dress in old time outfits complete with hats!

So, the Farmers Market and "The Grove" pack a whallop and still is a cheap place to bring a date. It is possible to stay at the Farmers Market all day long and still not be bored.

A must see for any visitor to Los Angeles.

Farmers Market
6333 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3154


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