The past year has spawned some of LA’s most innovative pop-up restaurants to date, and now, thanks to Smorgasburg, you can find a few in the Arts District every Sunday.
On July 4th, the huge weekly food event returns for the first time since March 2020, and with it, it brings over 80 food and retail stalls to the ROW’s 7th Street produce market space. DTLA. Some of Smorgasburg’s most iconic and oldest attractions will be back, but the vendor list, which was released this afternoon, also includes some of the area’s best new food concepts.
Rebecca King pork-centric pop-up the bad jew is on the 2021 list, offering huge pork pastrami sandwiches, while chef Rashida Holmes – who wants you to eat more goat, remember? – brings his Caribbean pop-up Bridgetown Roti to mix with Jamaican patties, roti and more. Little fish, who brought fried fish sandwiches to Echo Park, arrives in Smorg with seafood, sides and frozen lemonade, and the Highland Park, founded Los Dorados freshly fry his massive Steven Orozco Torres flautas.
Chef Brandon Kida, Hinoki & the Bird’s Sichuan-inspired fried chicken concept, Go go bird, was one of our favorite delivery operations from 2020 and it will appear here every Sunday, but if you like roast chicken, Saucy Chick Rotisserie Brings Roast chicken and Mexican and Indian influenced sides as well. Another recent favorite – new restaurant Holy basil, which features Bangkok Downtown style street food, will appear weekly with vibrant Thai cuisine. For a taste of Queens, the concept of Italian sandwich with red sauce by Shanna Milazzo, Picnic, will stack parmes and charcuterie, and Cheesesteaks by The Trufflelist– which first appeared in Smorgasburg, New York – brings even more East Coast charm with truffle cheesesteaks.
Compton Jalisco Style Generational Goat Birria Operation Goat mafia is also new to Smorgasburg’s fold, as is the popular concept of vegan Asian cuisine man eating plant, which serves garlic noodles, fried mushroom bao and more. Another new vegan option, Death & Betty is an all-herbal version of the classic Jewish deli serving carrot lox, carrot whitefish salad, baby babkas and more, with a portion of the proceeds going to animal sanctuaries. There is also Vegetarian family, what craft Nashville-style plant-based hot chicken sandwiches, plus cheeseburgers, fries, and tenderloins.
Never an event to be overlooked for dessert, Smorgasburg also brings A small savory pie business as well as pretzel crust pies and other baked goods that emerged in the Lindsay Miller pandemic-driven operation. the puffs will freshly spin cotton candy in a rainbow of shapes while raising funds for LGBTQ + causes, while Lei’d Cookies sell inspired by farmers markets Chocolate chip cookies made from organic ingredients and organic ingredients.
To wash everything, expect Be the bright cafe for cold brew, espresso and other caffeinated options made from locally roasted beans, and Sweet grass for squeezed sugarcane juice in a range of colorful, tropical flavors of fresh fruit.
According to Smorgasburg LA general manager Zach Brooks, nearly three-quarters of the 2020 event vendors are returning, including the Jolly Oyster oyster bar; grill concept focused on Lobsterdamus lobster; Operation of tacos à la Tijuana Tacos 1986; the Love Hour smashburger slinger; the famous burrito maker Burritos La Palma; outpost of vegan Mexican cuisine Cena Vegan; Amazebowls smoothie bowl shop; Stop Shrimp Daddy Hawaiian-Style Garlic Shrimp; and the wildly creative Macheen taco spot.
The return of the weekly gastronomic feast will also see possible retaliation from the Smorg Delivered program caused by the pandemic, which has allowed pickup and delivery from some suppliers.
Smorgasburg LA reopens on Sunday July 4 and takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 777 Alameda Street in the ROW DTLA complex. Entrance to the event is free and for all ages.