Where to Eat in L.A.’s Grand Central Market

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If you haven’t been to Grand Central Market yet, get thee there–pronto. Since opening in 1917, the open-air arcade has been in continuous culinary function. What once served as a place for Bunker Hill’s tony residents has evolved throughout the years. Its most recent iteration is a smorgasbord of delicious delights, where you can sit down for a quickly prepared Middle Eastern feast or get a slab of beef to take home and cook yourself. Whether you’re an L.A. local or a hungry visitor just passing through, Grand Central Market has something for you. Herewith, your guide to some of our favorite vendors.

madcapra grand central market

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Madcapra

Brought to you by the talented chefs behind Kismet (read our interview with Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson here), Madcapra was the pair’s first L.A. effort. And what an effort it is. Here, falafels are king, and every component is given the royal treatment. Crisp vegetables, not-at-all-greasy fried chickpea balls, hand-rolled flatbread–it’s basically the recipe for the best falafel you’ve ever had. These ladies aren’t messing around.

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

eggslut grand central market

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Eggslut

When it comes to breakfast at GCM, Eggslut is where it’s at–and it’s got the long line to prove it. Get here early to grab one of their famous egg sandwiches on a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth brioche bun. Pro tip: order the Fairfax, an egg sandy made with scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo. If you’re feeling sluggish afterward, which you very well might, grab a coffee at G&B Coffee afterward, located on the opposite end of the building.

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

tacos tumbras a tomas

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Tacos Tumbras a Tomas

Competition in L.A. for the “Best Taco” category is stiff, but Tacos Tumbras a Tomas is well in the running. The carnitas here, in particular, are what’s putting them in the ring. Order a few of these, pour on some green salsa, and you’ve got yourself quite the meal.

317 S Broadway #14, Los Angeles, CA 90013

horse thief bbq los angeles

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Horse Thief BBQ

If you want a taste of Central Texas a little closer to the Pacific, head to Horse Thief. Opened by two Lone Star State natives, this place serves up hearty smoked meats served with all sides–except these fixin’s get a California makeover, naturally. Only here can you get a two-meat plate with a baby kale salad. Balance, baby. Balance.

324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

wexler's deli grand central market

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Wexler’s Deli

While New York City lays claim to some of the best delis in the States, Los Angeles can certainly keep up with the pack. Wexler’s Deli joins a strong West Coast roster, giving old school staples like Greenblatt’s and Canter’s a run for their money. Corned beef, pastrami, smoked salmon sliced paper thin–you’ll get it all and then some here.

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

mcconnell's ice cream grand central market

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McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

McConnell’s isn’t a newcomer to the recent ice cream gold rush; it’s been churning things up in California since 1949. Every batch is made from scratch using grass-grazed dairy and organic, cage-free eggs. And it’s not just their sustainable ethos that tastes good–they’re flavors are great to boot. Grab a scoop of Eureka Lemon and Marionberries, or lick your way through a stack of Salted Caramel Chip. It’s the perfect way to end a day of feasting at GCM.

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