For a crash course in Downtown Los Angeles’ culinary offerings, we visited Grand Central Market, a historic food hall which first opened in 1917. The options are head-spinning: freshly shucked oysters, artisanal egg sandwiches, wood fired pizza, Filipino rice bowls, vegan ramen.
One of the venues, Sarita’s Pupuseria, a Salvadorian food counter, has been serving gut-busting platters of plantains and pupusas (thick corn tortillas stuffed with savory fillings) since 1998. “When we opened, this was a completely different scene,” says manager Paul Serrano. “Now you’ve got one of everything up in here, and one of every type of person coming to check it out.” Here, a look at more of what DTLA is cooking up.