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Established in 1917, downtown LA's Grand Central Market has survived everything from the Great Depression to multiple phases of redevelopment. The market underwent a massive overhaul in 2012, with owner Adele Yellin spearheading an effort to create a more upscale dining experience. Today, the market hosts nearly 40 vendors showcasing California’s finest ingredients, chefs, and entrepreneurs.
Entering the market can feel a little overwhelming. It’s an incredibly popular destination that draws droves of people, particularly around peak lunch and dinner hours, so prepare to navigate thick crowds and wait in line during your visit, but the food makes it well worth it.
If you head over during breakfast hours, be sure to check out the chef-driven, gourmet eatery, Eggslut. Among the most popular vendors at the market, Eggslut offers classic comfort fare with an egg-infused twist. It’s also open all day long, so it’s stellar for any time that you’re craving innovative eggs done right.
When it comes to lunch and dinner, the market’s offerings are nearly endless, but you most definitely don’t want to leave without visiting Sticky Rice. Sticky Rice was one of the first vendors to set up shop during the market’s aforementioned overhaul and has been a market staple ever since. The Thai counter offers unforgettable soups, pan-fried noodles, and rice plates that you’ll be talking about for weeks after your visit.
Wexler’s Deli is another popular spot, serving up some of LA’s most delicious kosher deli food. The meats and fish are cured in a special blend of spices before they're slowly smoked in-house over apple wood and added to killer sandwiches, like The O.G. with pastrami, mustard, and rye.
If you’re feeling more cheesy than meaty, then get thee to DTLA Cheese. In addition to offering every sort of cheese imaginable, the full-service cut-to-order cheese counter and eatery provides the best grilled cheese you’ll ever eat in your life. The grilled cheese features three different kinds of cheddar mixed with local mozzarella to create an extra ooey-gooey consistency between two crispy, salty, cheddar-y slices of brioche.
In addition to the above-mentioned vendors, there are a ton of other offerings that range from tacos and barbecue to ramen and gourmet peanut butter and jelly. It’s basically paradise for food lovers, so you’ll definitely want to spend a good amount of time tasting its myriad offerings. Before you go, be sure to check out the complete vendor list with a handy interactive map that will show you exactly where you can find each food stall in the market.
The Grand Central Market also plays host to a ton of fun events occurring all throughout each month, like Trivia Nights, Art Walks, and Jazz Nights. Check out their events page to get all the details and, perhaps we'll see you at Star Wars Trivia Night?
Of course, if you just can’t get enough of this market, then consider taking up residence in it. The Grand Central Square Apartments surround the market and offer studios and one bedrooms for around $2,000/month. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, controlled access, and a sauna to relax in after noshing on the goods from the market down below. Contact us for more information on these apartment offerings, or check out our curated list of all lofts for sale in Los Angeles.
Be sure to follow @grandcentralmarketla to get all their mouth-watering posts directly in your feed and stay up-to-date on all upcoming events happening there!
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