ADD AUGUST 19: Grand Central Market listed at Number Ten. Andrew Knowlton account for the decision:
Let me explain. Over the past year, Grand Central Market, much like the rest of downtown L.A., has seen a remarkable renaissance. When I first started going to GCM a decade ago, it was for tacos and a glimpse into a world much different than what you’d find in, say, Malibu. It was authentic, if a bit gritty. Some of the food was good; much of it wasn’t. But now, with new stands joining the fray, it’s great
Grand Central Market revamped dining may have pushed out some favored bargain vendors, but the venue being nominated as one of Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurant 2014 is an impressive turn for the almost 100-year-old landmark. It’s one of the magazine's 50 nominees.
It’s bustling with updated purveyors and restaurants (customers, too), from the upscale egg sandwiches at Eggslut to one of the country's best burgers (and the beef to make your own) at Belcampo Meat Co. Alongside these new ventures, long-standing Latino vendors like Ana Maria, with its overstuffed gorditas, are crucial to the appeal; it’s that diversity that makes the market delicious—and unique as a one-stop, culinary snapshot of the LA food scene.
Bon Appétit recommends the “O.G. Pastrami at Wexler's Deli; pupusas at Sarita's Pupuseria; Thai barbecued chicken at Sticky Rice; the Slut at Eggslut; Texas brisket at Horse Thief BBQ” and the stoneware mugs for G&B Coffee,