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All the Best Food at Smorgasburg DTLA

Smorgasburg is back! And it’s better than ever! Actually, it’s never went away. But now that it’s (almost) summer in Los Angeles there’s no better time than now to spend a Sunday downtown at Smorgasburg, the weekly Sunday market that takes over five acres at The Row DTLA. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or serious carnivore Smorgasburg has you covered with dozens of food trucks and pop ups from all over LA and serving a serious array of dishes from all over the world. It’s the foodiest food festival in Los Angeles.

It’s not always easy choosing a restaurant for Sunday brunch. We all have different tastes, habits, and budgets. At Smorgasburg you won’t have to argue. There’s something for everyone.

Courtesy Smorgasburg.

There’s also no cover charge for entry and now that this glorious – it really is glorious, take a look below – 4,000 space parking garage is open, parking is a breeze. It’s said that between 5,000 and 8,000 Angelenos descend on Smorgasburg each week, but each time I’ve been there’s definitely been lines for certain vendors but finding a table and getting a hearty assortment of different cuisines has been painlessly easy. Plus, part of the appeal is trying something different each time. So if the line for, say, Shrimp Daddy, seems too long, come back next week! Below are a few vendors to look out for on your next visit.

Courtesy The Row DTLA.

Start with an Acai bowl from Amazebowls, which is flower-garnished and served in a coconut shell. It’s the perfect, most refreshing start for the day. Next up, grab a dozen oysters from The Jolly Oyster (pictured above) and a michelada or a glass of rosé from the beer garden. The beer garden may be adults only but Smorgasburg is more than appropriate for kids of all ages. Porchetta Republic serves a pork sandwich topped with sun dried tomatoes and pesto that you wish they’d sell by the bottle. All sandwiches are sliced to order. Workaholic is another seriously busy stand but more than worth the wait. They serve up Korean-inspired fare like dumplings stuffed with pork and kimchi and Flying Japchae, Korean noodle bowls that appear, no joke, to be flying. I didn’t get a good picture of mine, but they must be seen (and eaten) to be believed.

Banh Oui serves a pork belly banh oui that’s surprisingly light and airy, served with a nice amount of vegetables – an added bonus so the guilt of the festival won’t set in. And you may not have come for salads, but their sweet potato and kale with sesame and lemon dressing is a must for the table. Brothecary offers all-natural slow simmered bone broth served with dumplings, another hugely popular option. Brothecary also may had the most appealing looking booth, design-wise. If you’re feeling really decadent, try Cheezus. Only the best bread and the best cheeses go into their delectable grilled cheeses. Perfect for sharing.

And for meat lovers, get the $16 meat sampler from Black Sugar Ribs Company. We certainly were not able to try everything – there’s over 40 vendors! – but if you’ve been to Smorgasburg, let me know what your favorite standout dish was. Keep my “Must Try List!” growing!

Smorgasburg is open every Sunday from 10AM-4PM at The Row in Downtown Los Angeles.

All photos by me unless otherwise noted.

Happy Sunday Brunch!

Jacqui

Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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