What's good at Grand Central Market

Yes, I did a search. Too much arguing to know what’s good.

The BBQ place looked good and one taco stand ($3.50 a taco!) line was long as hell. forget the name of it.

Tacos tumbras tacos are pricey, but considered a value when you can maybe eat two on an empty stomach. They are huge.

Moreliana (next to Eggslut) has awesome carnitas and a very nice green salsa to compliment. I get a pierna y cueritos mixed taco and add the green salsa. The tortillas could be heated better, sometimes when Bang Bangin, the outer edges of the tortillas can get cold.

Eggslut is good, but not worth waiting.

DTLA cheese has a really nice ham, cheese and butter sandwich. Their cheesy potatoes are rather tasty, mainly because of how good the cheddar cheese they utilize.

Madcapra is tasty, I really like their food. Every sandwich I have had there has been good, and the fresh made bread adds a nice char taste.

Wexler has a really nice reuben corned beef (or sub pastrami) and a good everything bagel w/ lox.

Belcampo burger may be the best in the city. Their mergeuz sausage is also ridiculously good. Other items have been so-so to wtf were they thinking.

Saritas pupusas are top notch. It get the chicharron, queso y frijoles and their curtido is really good.

Valerie chocolate brownie for dessert.


Hi @Luluthemagnificent,

I agree with @A5KOBE: Definitely stop by Villa Moreliana for their amazing Carnitas. :slight_smile: They serve 10(!) different types of Carnitas; definitely a specialist that’s worth trying.

Our favorite is the Costilla (Pork Rib) Carnitas and the Oreja (Pig Ear) Carnitas. Thanks to @A5KOBE’s tip (and because their Tacos are so large), you can ask for 2 different types of Carnitas per Taco to sample, and to create your ideal Taco. :slight_smile:


Has anyone recently tried the oyster stand?

I had the oyster stand. Didn’t like the temperature on them (room temp)

Would rather go to the Oyster Boys at Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday.

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I like G&B Coffee Bar, Sarita’s, Eggslut, Belcampo, and Sticky Rice.

At G&B, I like the Fizzy Tea, a combo of hops and tea and the classic Almond Macdemia Nut Latte.

Sarita’s, makes solid pupusas. I might get a beef stew and politely ask for bone marrow.

Eggslut, I enjoy all of their sandwiches and the coddled egg.

Belcampo, the burgers obviously.

Sticky Rice, I had the BBQ chicken/Gai Yang and enjoyed it but not as much as Isaan Station.

Skip the disneyland eggslut line get a fastpass and go to their venice location.

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When I went eggslut was empty. Friday at 3:30 ish

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Sisig fried rice and the coconut custard pie at Sari Sari

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In addition to everything already mentioned, the sandwiches at DTLA Cheese are always good.

Edit: Oops, just saw that A5KOBE already mentioned them.

Ooh! That’s right, the Manzke’s new place. Anything else besides those 2 items @ipsedixit? Thanks.

Dunno. Only been once. I really can’t stand GCM in anything other than in limited quantities of no more than 20 minutes (max) when the weather is anything above 80F in DTLA.


I found the oyster stand to be hugely disappointing. Perhaps due to the aforementioned temperature issues (?), the dozen oysters I got in the early evening on a weekend were almost all rancid tasting. And pretty far along at that. To top it off, the shucking left about 25 pieces of shell in each oyster. It was difficult to get them down and we ended up leaving a lot on the table.

Other items we tried (shrimp cocktail and some sort of tuna, I think) were passable at best. Very unfortunate - it is a great concept and could be a real gem. I am not in love with Water Grill, but it is certainly a better option for scratching the oyster itch in the area. I welcome others’ suggestions for oysters in DTLA proper.

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Seems people liked the virtual meal @ Hachi Torrance (Link),
So, for your consideration: A virtual GCM crawl for two.

  1. On a hot afternoon, you’re gonna need a drink to endure the crowds.
    Grab a beverage of your choice @ Courage & Craft - approx $6 EA
    I recommend a canned beer out of the cold case.

  2. Squeeze your way over to La Tostaderia, order an Octopus Tostada - $10

  3. Make your way to Villa Morelianas and order one or two tacos. (Careful: They are huge!) - $2.75 EA
    Surtidos (mixed), orejas (ear), chicharron (crispy skin), cuerditos (silver skin), the list goes on… It’s pork heaven!

  4. Supplement: Belcampo Burger (Medium-rare). Cut in half. - $12.50

  5. Share a Double Scoop @ McConnell’s - $6.50

  6. Espresso from G&B - approx $3 EA

$30 - $50 for a great afternoon filled with wonderful flavors.


La Tostaderia is Wonderful!



Looks so good! What flavor is that on top of the McConnell’s ice cream cone?

Looks like the eureka lemon & marionberries on top of churros con leche?

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I think @PorkyBelly is right. I just copied/pasted a photo I found…

Tried the whole menu at Sari Sari over the last few days.

CALAMANSI SODA. (!!!) – If you like slightly tart sodas, this is a winner. It’s absolutely one of my favorite fizzy drinks at the moment.

Tortang Talong (Rice bowl w/ grilled eggplant) – One of the rare dishes that does eggplant justice. It is charred and smoky, the cherry tomatoes give the dish a fresh pop of brightness, the garlic fried rice keeps the flavors going.

The sisig fried rice has the right amount of “funk” to it, if that’s your thing. (It’s totally my thing.)

The breakfast sandwich is worth the price for the pan de sal. Exemplary bread, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone given Republique’s track record.

Minor nitpicks: The FOH setup is a bit weird at the moment. The counter wraps around the space, but orders are being called from one area in the corner, which makes it kind of difficult to hear at times. They also keep serving drinks with the food; I’d appreciate the option to have my soda before receiving the rest of the meal :stuck_out_tongue:


Olio margherita.