It was like a crowded food court at a local mall except the food was authentically from other countries and regions.
It felt a little crazy to find food for our family of 6 since we all have different preferences in taste and the lunch time rush meant long lines and a hunt for a table. We figured out a way to split up and purchase separate meals (pizza and pupusas) and then we met up at a table near the front.
The pizza was thin crust and wood fired and the kids loved it. The pupusas (from El Salvador) were incredibly delicious but we found the carne asada to not be very flavorful and to have a lot of grizzle. The cabbage dish it came with was very spicy, however.
There were lots of options for lunch that would be fun to try another time: Texas BBQ, German sausages, seafood, sticky rice, and more. There were lots of fruits and veggies plus a variety of spices for sale. It was a busy and hopping place filled with tourists and business people.
Tip: restrooms are downstairs on the first floor and require a quarter to enter the room (which had many stalls.)
Tip: BRING CASH for food.
Opened in 1917, Grand Central Market is L.A.’s oldest and largest food market. Here you can sample not just a cross-section of L.A.’s ethnic diversity but some of the country’s best Mexican and Asian food. Locals come here to bargain for bananas, try authentic burritos, or indulge in raspberry guava smoothies at the all-natural exotic juice bar. You may hear more Spanish than English, but that’s half the fun, and gracias is really all the Spanish you need to know anywhere in Los Angeles.