Sundays at Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Smorgasburg is a play off the Scandinavian word Smorgasbord, which is a meal style in which a variety of hot and cold food dishes are served...
What is Smorgasburg Los Angeles?
If my wallet could handle it, every Sunday I would stuff my face for lunch, sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Smorgasburg Los Angeles in Downtown Los Angeles’ Row. The term "smorgasburg" is a play on the Scandinavian word "smorgasbord," meaning a buffet-style meal in which a variety of hot and cold food dishes are served. Smorgasburg Los Angeles does not disappoint with the variety of food offered including pineapple fried rice inside a whole pineapple, cutlet sandwiches, spicy southern fried chicken, whole grilled lobsters, and Colombian style arepas, just to name a few.
Unfortunately, these delectable dishes from around the world are not served buffet style, which would allow you to try everything to your heart’s content. Instead, you will find rows of food trucks and tents that represent different Los Angeles–based food businesses selling selected food items for cash or card. In the middle of the rows of food you can even do some shopping thanks to the pop-up businesses selling jewelry, vintage items, clothing, soap, candles and more.
Though I do not recommend making this Los Angeles gem a weekly habit for your wallet’s sake, I highly recommend trying out this experience at least once during your time in LA. Here are some tips and perspective from my first venture to Smogasburg Los Angeles.
Free Parking (Rare in Los Angeles!)
With 18.7 million Angelenos residing in the 88 cities that make up Los Angeles, it is no mystery why parking can be difficult to find in the city of Angels. Add in the tourists with rental cars, and it makes plenty of sense why locals often prefer ride drop-offs over fighting for a parking spot. When debating if I am willing to adventure somewhere in Los Angeles parking is always a question that needs to be answered. Smorgasburg Los Angeles makes this question simple by offering 2 hours of free parking in the Row DTLA’s large parking structure. All you have to do is plug 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles, into a GPS and follow the street signs that direct you towards the parking structure. Free and ample parking in Los Angeles is always a win.
"What’s something I do not regularly eat and should try out for fun?”
Deciding what to eat...
Smorgasburg is easy to find as there are plenty of signs with arrows that lead you from the parking structure or transportation drop-off to the rows of food trucks that will water your taste buds. The biggest dilemma when arriving is deciding what you will eat. Being that it was hot, I was tempted by the adorable take home jarred iced teas made by The Base Co., but opted to skip the line because my stomach was growling. With sustenance on my mind, I chose a bacon-wrapped pork dog topped Vietnamese style, and cleverly named Bacon Banh Mi as my lunch. I am not one who regularly eats hot dogs, but watching the way Sumo Dogs prepared their extravagant dogs made my food choice a no brainer. The way I approached all food decisions while eating at Smorgasburg was by asking, “What’s something I do not regularly eat and should try out for fun?”
As a clever tactic to try more food, I brought my boyfriend along for the adventure. Naturally, we both would order our own food items, but sharing is caring, so we’d let each other try what the other bought. Thanks to my boyfriend, we enjoyed Anarchy Seafood’s savory crab croquettes covered in a bacon chili aioli, sesame chives, and furikake. I could not tell you what furikake is, but I can highly recommend you try it on the crab croquettes, which are a must for lovers of fried seafood. I am admittedly not a picky eater, so my food choices were adventurous, but take heart in knowing that this food haven has something for safe eaters and all types of diets.
Time for Dessert
Even with a tummy full of savory eats, there's always room for dessert. Or skip lunch altogether and eat dessert first at "Ice Cream Alley." Smorgasburg LA offers an entire row of food trucks dedicated to variations of ice cream treats. There are churro ice cream sundaes, popsicles, ice cream filled donut sandwiches, and liquid nitrogen ice cream balls that will give you a dragon's breath. Not a sweets person? Then let shopping be your dessert by taking a walk down the middle row where all the product vendors are located.
Experience It Yourself!
To truly experience the fun that is Smorgasburg, you have to see it yourself! This LA adventure can be a quick food experience, with eats that will have you in and out in less than an hour. If you have a few hours to spare, enjoy walking around Smorgasburg, along with browsing the small local shops that are open on Sundays in DTLA's row. Comment below if you have tried this adventure and let me know what your experience was like. Enjoy!
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