If you reside in Los Angeles or are planning on making a trip to the city of glitter and lights, there are a few hidden gems you may stumble across as you explore the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest cites in the country.
Smorgasburg LA is one of those brilliant gems. That is of course, if you love to eat. This magical place is where some of the best food trucks and popup restaurants come together and unite their powers to serve up some of the best chow from across the city. It’s like seeing all of the colorful eggs Easter morning and not knowing which direction to head to first, but at the end of the day, you’re as happy as a pig in shit.
Let’s get real. Sunday brunch is starting to become a thing of the past. Unless you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or your grandmother’s birthday, Smorgasburg is the better option if you want to nurse that hangover on a budget. All the food served is affordable and the portion sizes are more than enough to get you fueled up to kick off another week.
Smorgasburg originated in Brooklyn, New York in May of 2011. This past year in 2016, Smorgasburg expanded to Downtown Los Angeles. It’s open every Sunday on the five-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles on the corner of 7th and Alameda, which is part of a larger, new development called ROW DTLA.
Based on the event’s uniqueness and cultural variety, the “Outsider” crew chose spotlight Smorgasburg and hit up as many food vendors as possible within our short shooting block. The food assortment of Smorgasburg LA varies from snacks and main entrees, to dessert and everything in-between. Between “Outsider” host Dyana Carmella and her two brother-duo co-hosts, Roman and Angelo Cataldo, they tag-teamed the event and were able to try BBQ lobster from Lobsterdamus, decorative acaí bowls from Amazebowls, meaty oysters from The Jolly Oyster, juicy BBQ from Black Sugar, pork tacos from Goa Taco, a chicken burger and fries from Nomad, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches from Cheesuz, matcha ice cream from Yellow Business, Filipino dessert from the Ensaymada Project and garlic butter shrimp from Shrimp Daddy.
We didn’t have anything we didn’t like, which is unusual because I can be known for being a somewhat picky eater.
GET THERE EARLY. The event goes until 4:00pm but vendors only bring in a certain amount of food. When they run out. They are out. As much as I would have loved to stuff my face with a sample from every booth, it was nearly impossible. When you first arrive, do a walk through and scope out all that is offered that Sunday. This way you make the right choice.
When: Every Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address for Parking: 785 Bay St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Parking is free for the first 2 hours.
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