One of my favourite places to show up with a growl in my stomach is The Original LA Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax right in the heart of Los Angeles. The outdoor market is a mix of gourmet take-out, shops, services and groceries.
The market has grown significantly since its inception in 1934 and is now connected to a mega mall called The Grove.
I brought my appetite and my shopping shoes...
Sunshine and smiles in LA
The fried shrimp & oyster po' boy ($9.25) from The Gumbo Pot was definitely hit. Served on french bread with lettuce, tomatoes, seasoned mayo and thinly sliced lemon to bring out the seafood flavours. I'll be dreaming about this one for sure.
Pampas Grill does Brazilian BBQ and a huge salad bar by weight. It was one of our favourites by far. The meat was succulent and juicy and there was a wide selection to choose from. You tell them how many pieces of whatever cut/meat you want and they take it right off the grill and slice it in front of you. We paid around $15 for a plate.
Bob's serves up award-winning coffee and fresh donuts that are light and fluffy or thick and doughy if you want one buttermilk-style. Just look for the long line-up.
Jumbo cupcakes where the top was cut in half and injected with more frosting. Genius? We think so.
Once you've stuffed yourself silly, roll yourself onto the charming free trolley to transport you to the starting point for The Grove, an outdoor pedestrian mall.
The dancing water fountain is the centrepiece of The Grove and feels like shopping meets Disneyland. The walkway is lined with cafe bistro tables and the whole thing is whimsical without being cheesy.
Finishing off the day in Hollywood at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
For more information on visiting:
The Original LA Farmers Market - Los Angeles, California - www.farmersmarketla.com
The Grove Shopping Centre in LA - www.thegrovela.com