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Grand Central Market Foodie Crawl!!!

We will meet at Sarita's then down the list. If you are late, just catch up by moving down the list. To speed up our ordering/paying for our food crawl... I will collect $20 cash from each person and will pay for the group's food at each vendor that we will share. Whatever money leftover will be returned to members. Please bring some change for your $20 to help speed up the paying and distribution.

We will portion out the food into small bites so that we don't get filled up too soon...

If you want a drink or other item not shared, just pay for it on your own.

We will have to move quickly as the places close at 8:00pm.


How This 1917 Market Has Become L.A.'s Hottest New Foodie Hub

Grand Central Market

L.A.’s Grand Central Market, in the heart of Downtown, has been a meeting and eating place for Angelenos since 1917. Almost a century later, shoppers still flood the market daily, enticed by lush produce, and an ethnically diverse collection of food stalls that have been around forever.

Now—taking a cue, no doubt, from San Francisco’s Ferry Building—a slew of new, shiny artisanal food stalls have set up shop at this historic L.A. hub. The newly-polished market has recently welcomed gourmet coffee, modern Thai food, and Texan-style barbecue into its mainstay mix of tacos, pupusas, and Chinese food (oysters and cheese are on the way). The result? A vibrant mix of old and new, making Grand Central Market L.A.’s latest foodie destination. Here’s a selection of classic and new food stalls that you don’t want to miss:

Sarita’s Pupuseria serves one of LA’s tastiest pupusas: a thick tortilla-like disk, stuffed and griddled. We like the Salvadoran treat in its most classic form, so we suggest the Revuletas, a melty mix of beans, cheese and pork.

Valerie

Smoked Salmon Banh Mi at Valerie


Valerie is a modern lunch counter, where you’ll find sandwiches, salads, and a rotating selection of pastries and cakes. Try the Smoked Salmon Banh Mi, seasonal hand pies, and the delicious Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake.

Sticky Rice specializes in Thai comfort food, all made using organic ingredients. For an amazing lunch, get the grilled chicken with papaya salad, and the Vegetable Green Curry (it has the perfect level of spice). For dessert, try the Mango Sticky Rice.

Egg Slut is a dream come true for the ovo-obsessed. Sandwiches are served on brioche buns and piled high with eggs, cheese, breakfast meats, and inventive condiments (think chipotle ketchup and Sriracha mayo). Even nachos get the sunny-side-up treatment.

China Café

China Café's lunch counter

We will probably skip this one... China Café L.A. China Cafe's bustling lunch counter is crowded with customers—even in the morning hours. The thing to get here is the House Wonton Soup, a bowl filled with plump and plentiful wontons, barbecued pork, and chicken. Chile oil served on the side perks up the flavorful broth.

LA Huerta sells candies, dried fruits, and nuts by the pound. Oh, and hard-to-find Mexican sweets that fit right in your suitcase and make great travel snacks and gifts.


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  • Darrell

    This was a fun dining adventure! I think the favs of the group were from the Sticky Rice with their Thai Sausage being the #1 most delicious item of the night. It had notes of ginger, chili, sweetness and very complex flavor and cooked perfectly... A real hit, the only bad thing was when we went to reorder, they'd sold out! The other fav was the grilled hanger steak with fried rice, topped with a sunny side up egg (a little under cooked) and a super tasty chimmichurri sauce... so good.

    After dinner I went to check out the DTLA Artwalk to photograph some strange creatures of the night. I was surprised what a vibrant scene Spring St was! I thought it was a really cool vibe.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Kris

    It was fun and food-delicious!
    Very nice seeing everyone and thanks CEO for taking care of us tonight. Oops I think we forgot to tip ya...lol

    December 12, 2013

    • Darrell

      Yeah... Sixth Taste gets $39 for a foodie tour...

      2 · December 12, 2013

  • Paul G

    Thanks, Darrell. Great food and good company.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Diana

    Fun group of people & Great food choices. The Thai sausage was Awesome! Thanks for organizing, Darrell!

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Kris

    I'm walking on hill

    December 12, 2013

  • Kris

    Darrell, any suggestions where we should park?

    December 11, 2013

  • Darrell

    At Sarita's. After is Sticky Rice.

    December 12, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    Left Culver City metro @ 525 Will catch up to you

    December 12, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Sorry guys, really wanted to go but I'm sick. Came down with a horrible cold last night. One of those awful non stop sneezy red nosed colds. Couldn't taste anything if I tried. Bummer.

    December 11, 2013

  • Darrell

    There will be an optional ArtWalk after dinner with costumed people that should be really fun to see and photograph, so bring your camera if you'd like to photograph some Krampuses... http://www.meetup.com/pleasurepalate/events/154828432/

    December 11, 2013

  • Diana

    Did someone say, "Banh Mi?" Woohoo! :)

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Kris

      I will have a Smoked Salmon Banh Mi, please :)

      December 6, 2013

    • Kris

      And a bowl of Wonton Soup...

      December 6, 2013

  • Darrell

    Glad to see John is back! Yeah!!!

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving from La the grove area? Ride share maybe?

    December 6, 2013

  • La E.

    This should be fun!

    December 6, 2013

  • Kris

    This sounds fun and yum!

    1 · December 6, 2013

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  • Darrell
    CEO - Chief Eating Officer, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • SunnyDE
    Event Host, Supporting Member
  • Kris
    Supporting Member, Assistant Organizer
  • Diana
    Event Organizer

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