Smorgasburg DTLA is THE Place to Eat on Sunday

Every Sunday, Smorgasburg hosts over 75 food vendors on a 5 acre site in Downtown Los Angeles. If you haven’t been yet, it is incredible. You’ll want to skip the tired Sunday brunch and head out to Alameda and Bay Street from now on.


Smorgaburg began in June and it’s quickly becoming a destination institution for Los Angeles. There is no admission fee, so attendees can feel free to roam from booth to booth. There’s also a sampling of sophisticated shopping from the realms of design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more.


Smorgasburg orginally launched in May 2011 as a spin-off of Brooklyn Flea. On The Chew, Mario Batali called Smorgasburg “The single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City.” The New York Times called it “The Woodstock of Eating.” Now that they’ve arrived in LA we didn’t know what we were missing!


Parking is generously free for two hours and surprisingly easy. Once you arrive start with a bottle of Venice Cold Brew, premium cold-press coffee made in Los Angeles, California. Venice Cold Brew is made with the highest quality direct-trade beans, steeped in spring water for 12 hours, then triple filtered to bring out the cleanest, smoothest, most refreshing cold-press coffee. It’s delicious and a perfect start to your day.


Then try a biscuit or a pastry from Good Gravy Bakes. As baker/chef Beth Kellerhals says, “The answer is butter. Always.”


And, of course, Smorgasburg has tacos. Lots of tacos. These bad boys hail from Carnitas el Momo.


If tacos aren’t your thing, go for the agua chile chilled pozole from Calo Provisions. Perfect bite for a hot date.


If you’re like me though, on a Sunday you’re in the market for a fulfilling sandwich. If that’s the case, Banh Oui‘s banh mi is the way to go. Filled with greens, it’s a healthy option and tastes light and fresh.

banh oui banhmi

I know the pastrami sandwich from Langer’s is the Los Angeles pastrami standard, but Ugly Drum nearly gives our old stalwart a run for their money. Ugly Drum does not (yet) have a brick and mortar storefront, so the only way to try their pastrami is to visit us – Erik Black and Joe Marcos – at our booth in Downtown LA during Smorgasburg.


Just look at this spread.


Sadfuly, this egg dish from Porridge and Puffs is no longer avaible because they’ll be on hiatus for the rest of the summer. If you missed it, follow Porridge and Puffs on Instagram to see where you can grab your plate.


More street tacos! This time with a Vietnamese bent. Check out T.J.’s Tacos to see their schedule.


The soft shelled Singapore chili crab sandwich from Summer Crab Company. Look close at this sandwich’s precision and perfection. Everything is just right.


And lastly, the salmon, spicy tuna, and teriyaki chicken from Mama Musubi. These were just a few highlights from Smorgasburg. There are still over 50+ vendors to taste. See you Sundays!


Check out more from Smorgasburg and their complete list of vendors here. All photos courtesy of Smorgasburg.


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