LOS ANGELES | Grand Central Market is a 30,000 square-foot food emporium that’s been operating on the ground floor of downtown Los Angeles’ Homer Laughlin Building since 1917. It was a bustling market when it first opened, supplying fresh fruit, vegetables, and produce for many of the city’s restaurants and residents. As Downtown LA declined however, so did the market, however it never stopped providing produce and ready-to-eat food for those who lived downtown. Of course, as downtown has slowly started to rejuvenate, so to has Grand Central Market.
In 2012, market owner Adele Yellin (partner of architect and urban planner Ira Yellin, who purchased the market in 1984) recruited consultants to help revamp the market and by 2014 the market had changed remarkably. Of course something was lost in the rejuvenation, which saw many small, older vendors pushed out, but much was gained. We’ll leave a discussion of the pros and cons of gentrification for another day, but in any case, the Grand Central Market of today is a place that any visitor to LA must experience.
Grand Central Market’s mission is to celebrate the cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles, with a commitment is to preserve the legacy of a historic downtown landmark. The vendors at the market have been carefully selected and the combined culinary chops of those involved is strong. Here are a few picks to consider when you visit.
- G&B Coffee – Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski know their stuff, and at G&B you’ll find some of the best coffee in LA, as well as other interesting drinks like barrel-aged, hop infused, iced tea.
- Eggslut – Chef Alvin Cailan and cousin Jeff Vales take the humble egg to the next level here. Try the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, or for something more substantial, the Gaucho with seared Wagyu tri-tip, chimichurri, pickled red onions, shaved Manchego, arugula, and an egg of course.
- DTLA Cheese – Let the staff guide you through some of the best cheese you can find in town, and put together a cheese board that will give you exactly what you need.
- Sticky Rice – A simple menu offering some fantastic Thai food. Try the famous Penang beef curry, or their Thai take on Hainanese chicken rice.
- Belcampo Meat Co – Yes there are several things you could order here, but what you want is the signature Belcampo burger. A thick beef patty, white cheddar, caramelised onions, lettuce, and house sauce. Do it, and make sure you get the patty cooked medium rare.
- Wexler’s Deli – It’s all about old school Jewish specialities done right. Grab what’s arguably the best Reuben in town here, or try a bagel with double-smoked pastrami lox, and cream cheese.
- Golden Road Brewing – Yeah they’re now owned by Budweiser, but the fact of the matter is that Golden Road still make fantastic beer. Grab a pint and enjoy the atmosphere of the market.
…and yes, in case you were wondering, you can still buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and produce and stock up on Asian and Latino grocery items at Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
Telephone: 213 624 2378