When it comes to food, it brings me great joy when presented with multiple options. More so when it involves multiple cultures. So when I learned that Smorgasburg decided to come to LA, it was a pretty good day. Tucked inside the Alameda Produce Market in DTLA, you’ll find the entrance to a brand new parking structure off Alameda Street. First 2 hours of parking is free, AND there are brand new restrooms located near the parking ticket kiosks. (Hooray for public restrooms in DTLA!)
I decided to wait until it got a little cooler before I went so I could fully enjoy anything fried without getting full super fast, as I was determined to pack in as much as I could when I got there. This is the story of my two-part journey…
Part One of my journey started at 10am-ish… right around when they open. It’s still somewhat quiet and there were very little lines, if any lines at all. I was lucky enough to experience Evan Funke’s Porchetta on my first trip (which was amazing) sandwiched between Slow Rise Pizza’s focaccia bread. Probably the best thing I had all day. Melt in your mouth porchetta and a light/airy just-out-the-pizza-oven focaccia. Words really cannot describe…
Some of the other things I tried were Mama Masubi’s Miso Chicken, BBQ Beef & Kelp & Rayu Onigiri
Goa Pork Belly Tacos
And a Connecticut Lobster Roll from Red Hook Lobster
It was Pizza Day… and I failed to get pizza.
Part Two of my journey started in the afternoon around 2:30pm. It was Octuberfest, and it was to be celebrated with tacos. (Which we only did somewhat successfully). The lines were only slightly longer than my first trip but it didn’t take very long to find a table. Since I screwed up Pizza Day, I was determine to get pizza this time around. Urbn Pizza had this amazing Hot Honey Pizza. Crispy fluffy pizza crust with the perfect combination of savory, tangy and sweet. It was honey drizzled perfection over the cheese and pepperoni.
BanhOui was also something I was eyeing the first time that I didn’t get to try. We ordered the Sticky Spicy Wings… and it was GOOD. Sticky, Spicy and crispy. It was really really hard to have just one. This is one I will be in line for first the next time I go back.
Here are some other things we ordered:
Mrs. Potato Head from Cheezus
Mama Masubi’s Spam Masubi
Lychee ButterflyTea from PopdUp
And Raindrop Cake with Brown Sugar and Soy Powder
It’s not just the food that makes Smorgasburg a great place to go. The outside seating areas provide a relaxing space for family and friends to gather. It’s pet friendly, which is always a plus. And there will soon be some really great retail spaces moving in. If you get a chance to go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.