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Marmalade Cafe: Marmalade Cafe
This restaurant describes their cuisine as California/Eclectic. This particular Marmalade Cafe had a nice patio area that was great for people watching at Farmers Market/The Grove. It was casual and serves breakfast, lunch an dinner. I've provided the website so you can see the prices and wide variety of foods they serve.
Farmers Market: Lots of terrific food options
The Farmers Market dates back to 1934 when it was opened as a produce market for local farmers to see to local residents. These days the Farmer's Market is less about produce than it is about dining, my grandma was actually rather disappointed in our outing to the market, said it was nothing like what she remembered.
On weekends, parking can be tough, there are several pay lots near the market. Be sure to get your ticket validated to get the reduced rate (free for the first two hours with validation). Or you can park in the Grove shopping center garage which was free for the first hour, a couple of dollars if you stay longer.
Favorite Dish: I've tried the Gumbo Pot twice, most recently in October 2007, both times I ordered the fried oyster po'boy and both times the po'boy was good but too much bread for the small portion of oysters. I've tried both the gumbo ya ya and the seafood gumbo, I couldn't finish either because they were too spicy for me and didn't seem to have a lot of seafood so I don't think I'll be going back there.
The crepes from the French Crepe Company, however, are heavenly! I've ordered a banana nutella crepe from there twice, delicious! In April 2007, I stopped at Loteria Grill for some Mexican food, it was pretty good. In October 2007, I tried some donuts from Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts, an LA institution when it comes to donuts. My 1st was a chocolate frosted cake donut which was OK but the apple fritter was great.
There are all kinds of other delicious looking options-Turkish style pizzas, seafood, Korean, an old fashioned ice cream parlor, sandwiches, baked goods and Magee's Kitchen & Deli, the 1st restaurant to open at the Farmer's Market. My grandma said they have delicious corned beef. Grandma also likes the pot pies from DuPar's. Fodors recommends the BLT on sourdough at the Kokomo Cafe. Maybe next time!
The Farmer's Market near the Grove has a host of local vendors and restaurants selling produce as well as various ethnic creations. Wander through the stalls and alleyways and you'll see a virtual food court selling everything from sandwhiches, pastas, crepes, asian foods, barbeque, seafood to ice cream and pastries. I had a sandwich and fries from Phil's Deli and paid about $6. Produce was also delicious and reasonable.
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The Farm Of Beverly Hills: Grove Dining
The Farm of Beverly Hills is conveniently located next to the movie theatre at the Grove and always does a good business and although the food is good it is overpriced. In my opinion there are better dining options in the vicinity. I’d check out the Farmers Market before having a salad here. It’s a bustling lunch place – expect a wait. And, as I said, the food is good but the service is only okay and the hefty price tag for lunch doesn’t make it worth my while.
Pampas Grill: Delicious Grilled Meats at the Farmers' Market
This is the most popular restaurant/takeout at the Farmers' Market. You can tell by the long line that the food is good. It is sort of a buffet style until you get to the meat and then you tell the person what you want and he slices it right off of the skewer.
I think it may be Argentenian.
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Farmers' Market: Lots of Budget Eating
There are a lot of eating places here so you have a lot of choices. It is not really a restaurant but sort of like a food court. The times of opening are:
Monday-Friday, 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 8 pm
Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Some merchant hours may vary
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Combined Suggestions: A taste of the world at Farmers Market
At the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, you can find a very international selection of food stands/restaurants. There is Chinese, Japanese, Korean BBQ, Mexican, French, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Greek, Malaysian, and much more! You can also find food from across the United States, from New York style pizza, to New Orleans Cajun food, to Texas BBQ. Bring your appetite to the Farmers Market!
Monsieur Marcel: Mais Oui, Monsieur!
If you're wandering about the Farmers Market, be sure and stop in at Monsieur Marcel. This French deli is also a gourmet cheese shop, PLUS has wine tasting on Wednesday and Thursday evenings! There are many imported specialties to buy, including (when I was there) inexpensively-priced French tableclothes for $28-$29.
Favorite Dish: Order one of the combination plates containing both cheeses and meats. If you're shopping for cheese, get the Brillat de Savarin or the Pave d'Affinois; they are DIVINE!!
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