More than 10,000 hungry Angelenos stormed the entrance of Smorgasburg at ROW DTLA on Sunday, Jan. 13, amid a break in the clouds for the reopening of the food market this weekend after a holiday hiatus.
Favorite vendors such as Lobsterdamus were grilling fresh crustaceans and serving up special seafood arroz caldo (Filipino rice porridge), as well as standard favorites like lobster nachos, truffle fries and garlic noodles.
There were Shrimp Daddy pineapple boats, comforting bone broth dumplings from Brothecary and smoky pork BBQ from Black Sugar Rib Co.
On the sweet side, Smorgasburg staples like the Ensaymada Project were on hand with their butter buns, alongside blueberry Husker Blus from Donut Friend and handmade on-site chimney cakes from Sweet ’n’ Hollow, filled with Oreos and Nutella.
The longest lines were for brisket at Moo’s Craft BBQ and pork al pastor at Tacos 1986, both Smorgasburg newcomers.
Smorgasburg L.A. is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market downtown at 777 Alameda St.
Here are some highlights from the first feast of the year.