Pig Head + Bicycle at Grand Central Market Entrance
10 years ago you could not get a sensible restauranteur to open in downtown; nowadays the Arts District, Little Tokyo and the old Banking District, just to note a few neighborhoods, are thriving with pop up eateries, fine dining restaurants, super-artisan food crafter pie shops, coffee roasters, bread makers, juicers, chocolatiers, cheesemongers, butchers. There’s mash-up Peruvian, high Italian, low Italian, mid Italian, there’s tons of good Ramen, there’s Northern Thai, Salvadorean, Russian, and a plethora of pub food eateries.
I keep a long list of eateries, markets, shops and restaurants I want to visit, and many of them are far East of our Santa Monica Eden. Since M and I both work full time and don’t get home until after 6, trekking to downtown is not an option. I could get there faster on my bike, and in fact once I did.
This past weekend we finally ventured East and I’m so glad we did. The 2 places I wanted to cross off my list were The Pie Hole and Eggslut. Eggslut is in Grand Central Market, so it is just 1 of many many vendors, so it was hard to stick to my plan of eating just the sandwich I came for. Luckily M likes to eat and runs a lot of it off, so as he ordered from everywhere, I just took teeny bites. Here’s what we found:
1. Pie Hole:
Chocolate Crostata: This Was Divinely Thick, Chewy, Dark
Pie Hole Front Window #2
Featured Pies: Mexican Chocolate, Peanut Butter Icebox, Double Crusted Apple, and Chocolate Crostata
Arts District Traction Ave
Quiche + Handpies: Breakfast and MacnCheese
The Pie Hole Front Window
Juices at The Pie Hole . . . why not detox after you tox?
Breakfast Hand Pie with Egg Sausage and Cheese
They Roast Their Own Beans at The Pie Hole
Steak & Ale for Breakfast
We had the whole place to ourselves
2. Robert Reynolds Gallery
The Most Amazing Gallery I’ve Seen In A Long Time
3. Grand Central Market
Little Muchacho All Dressed Up at Eggslut
Plantains & Banana “Pies” at Sarita’s Pupuseria
The Fairfax Sandwich at Eggslut: Chived Eggs, Cheddar, Siracha Mayo. This was what I came for.