This Is What You Should Eat At Smorgasburg LA
The Brooklyn based summer market finally made it's way to Los Angeles, in June 2016. I had no idea Smorgasburg was in LA until a few weeks ago when I got back from my backpacking trip. For someone who spent almost four years living in NYC, I'm ashamed to admit I've only been to the market once, and that was during the fall, which doesn't really count since I only got truffle fries from Frites. To make up for that, I thought a full day trip to Smorgasburg LA would restore my broken foodie soul, and I ate, A LOT! Smorgasburg has over 40 different vendors, where you can eat and shop. Since I'm talking about food, you'll find tacos, seafood, acai bowls BBQ, ice cream, beer and many more delicious options. Basically, everyone, including vegans can find something to eat here. I had the pleasure of trying a few vendors, big thanks to all the food trucks for making it possible. Out of all the foods I tried, I gathered my favorites and I hope you'll get a chance to try them as well.
Where & When
The market is located downtown at the Alameda Produce Market, part of the new development called ROW DTLA. Parking is available for only 2 hours for visitors. I would highly recommend getting to the market before noon, unless you don't mind waiting in lines while baking in the heat. Again, benches with umbrellas are available throughout the market, on a first come first serve basis, I don't about you, but eating lobster while standing in the sun doesn't sound that pleasing. I think you get the point, just get there early if you plan on sticking around, we are in LA after all. The market is opened every sunday from 10-4pm, and don't bring your dogs or guinea pigs with you, they aren't allowed.
What You Should Eat
If you've already seen the Smorgasburg Instagram page, you most definitely saw Eat Shrimp Daddy. First, you must come here early, like I mentioned before. Eat Shrimp Daddy has one of the longest lines in the market if not the longest, also they sell out of pineapples pretty fast. Now back to the food, Hawaiian shrimp served on a pineapple or plate, tastes exactly how you imagined it. Plus, the presentation is out of this world. The shrimp is buttered with so much garlic you'll need some mints after. Also, make sure you eat the shell, that's where all the flavor is, unless you're weak. Don't be weak, like someone I know.
I have to say, I was a bit too excited to try this. Even though I'm not a big fan of lobster or crab, because I find eating it to be too much work. But, this lobster ended up being a different story. While ordering, I was asked if I wanted regular butter or cajun butter, of course I went with the Cajun butter because that's what normal people do. Not only was the lobster fresh, but very juicy and full of flavor, thanks to the Cajun butter. Despite my hatred for eating lobster/crab, the work was well worth it, and plenty of meat, enough for two people. This was one of the best lobsters I've had, well worth the $20. Keep the cajun butter rolling Lobsterdamus.
If you're looking for something else a little smaller, and cheaper, try the lobster nachos. I mean, who wouldn't like nachos loaded with lobster, cheese and hot sauce.
It's very unusual to find a taco shell that's not made with a corn or flour tortilla. Goa Taco, the once Brooklyn based food stand does their tacos paratha style. Duvaldi, the South African born owner describes the paratha as "buttery flakey, lovechild of a tortilla and a croissant." This fat laminated dough is exactly what every taco lover needs to try. First, we have the pork belly with pickled red cabbage and chipotle mayo topped off with a pork rind, then we head over to the lamb taco which has tzatziki and eggplant salsa. You can't go wrong with either of these, both were great and can highly recommend these. Especially if you've never had a paratha taco. Both tacos are priced well under $8.50 each, and big enough to satisfy.
What you're looking at here is a pork belly and tofu tacos, yes, I said tofu. I don't know about you, but I've never seen or had a tofu taco. I'm really not a big fan of tofu, I think it's unnecessary, but this taco had so much flavor. Not only will this be delicious for vegetarians, but meat lovers would enjoy this as well. Lets take a moment to appreciate that pork belly, crispy, juicy, and plenty of it. Chinese Laundry serves up Chinese inspired dishes such as Hainan chicken, noodles like the Dan Dan Mian also pictured above.
Now that you've had all that amazing food, don't just drink water or soda because that's boring, get PopdUP. It's the only beverage worth having made with natural syrups and can be bought with that adorable jar. Inspired by Thai and American flavors their beverages are are one of a kind. Heaps of flavors like lychee, passion fruit, green tea, organge, and many more. It's basically like having a healthier soda drink, guilt free. As you walk around the market, you'll see people walking around with this beverage. Looking for a discount,? purchase the jar and you'll get a discunted refill. #happinessstartshere
Have you been to the market,? what were your favorite food trucks? I'm always looking for recommendations. Don't forget to share this article below!