Sunday, May 28, 2006
NEW: Farmers Market, the Guide
Eating L.A. introduces the first in a series of L.A. eating guides with a guide to eating at Farmers Market. I haven't tried every stand yet, but I'm working on it, so every so often I'll post a collection of reviews of Farmers Market stands. Eventually I'd like to add guides to Grand Central Market, Mercado La Paloma, Wat Thai and more.
And thanks to the Chowhounds for inspiring me to taste some things I'd never tried before at our Farmers Market tasting buffet. Each stall will get a rating of Farmers Market shopping carts, from one to four.
Littlejohn's English Toffee
All the cool people start with dessert, right? So I'm going to give up the best thing first, and that's the English Toffee at Littlejohn's. Littlejohns English Toffee also makes a credible praline and several nice varieties of fudge, but the action here is the English Toffee -- buttery, rich, with the perfect shattering effect as it hits your teeth. You may want to have dessert at Bennett's Ice Cream, but if you do, you really should pick up some English Toffee for the ride home. However, it is extremely unlikely that it will actually make it all the way to your house.
Bennett's Ice Cream
Bennett's is not exactly Fosselman's, but they get an A for effort. It's the same type of old-fashioned American ice cream -- not high in butterfat, not gelato -- just good old homemade ice cream, but with some pretty nice flavors. I'm fond of the watermelon and cranberry sherbert, while my son likes the mocha almond fudge.
Patsy D'Amore's Pizza
D'Amore's Pizza is notable for its history -- it's not only one of the oldest booths at the market, but the late Patsy D'Amore is said to be the man who brought pizza to L.A. His daughter continues to run the stand, which makes a very nice floppy New York style slice. Again, it's not the best pizza in town, but it's a solid contender.
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