The Unfiltered Guide to LA’s Grand Central Market
By Sean Cooley
Grand Central Market is the best and worst thing that just happened to Los Angeles. With one to many places to choose from, we broke it down for you.
Plus, we even highlighted the spots you can postmate… because hey sometimes you want Grand Central market, but without a side of panic attack.
So you went a little too hard last night at the tiki bar … then the rooftop … then that other bar that your brain has chosen to erase from your memory. Your panacea starts with Wexler’s OG pastrami sandwich — have them cut it “fatty.” Next, shuffle over to Horse Thief BBQ (yes, more beef!) for 16-hour oak smoked brisket paired with a cheap beer for a little hair of the dog. Because Germans are great at recovering from long nights of vigorous drinking, hit up Berlin Currywurst for a choose-your-own sausage adventure. The vegan noodles bowls at Ramen Hood will complete your recovery and commitment to making better life decisions.
It’s impossible to pick the right restaurant for a date. Thankfully, Grand Central Market saves you the trouble by giving you over 35 options at once. Shake off the nerves at Golden Road Brewery with an IPA and some pierogi. While still in your “appetizer” phase, stop at DTLA Cheese for an incredible charcuterie plate compiled by the resident cheesemonger. The main course comes at Sticky Rice and if your date can’t get down with Thai BBQ chicken with sweet chili sauce, consider that a gigantic red flag. For dessert there’s Valerie Confections’ petit fours, little French sweets that’ll make your partner forget that you showed up 45 minutes late.
And if all else fails…
Just postmate Valerie Confections.
PICNIC AT GRAND PARK?
There’s nothing that you (and your horde of Instagram followers) want more than an afternoon of picturesque eats downtown. Your feed today begins with the only egg sandwich worth waiting an hour in line for — courtesy of Eggslut. With this certainly shaping up to be a cheat day, go to Knead for an order of Nonna’s meatballs and a chicken parm sandwich. Next is the newest trending food stall in GCM, Sari Sari Store, for glazed pork ribs from James Beard-nominated Chef Margarita Manzke. Round out your nosh fest with a scoop of McConnell’s double peanut butter chip and many subsequent likes to come.”
After making a pit stop at one of LA’s now totally legal dispensaries, it’s safe to say you’ll be on the hungry side. You’ve never turned down a good PB&J when you’re stoned, so head to PBJ.LA for a Red Eye sandwich with chocolate raspberry jam and espresso-infused peanut butter. Then, Belcampo Meat Co., for an epic burger that’s roughly the size of your head (is that blowing your mind?!) Shimmy over to Sarita’s Pupuseria for stuffed tortillas, where the only existential question you’ll have is not “what is a pupusa?” but “how phenominal is this pupusa?” No proper munchie spree would be complete without pizza, and Olio makes one of the best margherita pies in town, regardless of whether your taste buds are “enhanced” or not.
Feeling too immobile to navigate the chaos? We get it. Just postmate the PBJ.LA.