Grand Central Liquor

★★★★☆
  • 317 S Broadway

    Los Angeles, CA 90013

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  • 213-628-1040

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Grand Central Market is to Latin and Asian foodies what Bristol Farms is to Anglos...only better and much, much cheaper. Where can you buy a basket of berries for only 50 cents? In WINTER? Well, here you can.
There are a plethora of services and shops where you are all but guaranteed an incredible price. Need a watch battery replaced or a gold bracelet repaired? An on-site jeweler is there, ready to help, at incredible prices. There is also a masseuse and masseur there, giving you a wonderful back massage there, also for a bargain.
There are abundant eateries here, including Mexican, Thai, Chinese, El Salvadoran, and probably others I have missed. There is a butcher shop, fruit and vegetable stands, spice and dry goods where you can buy as large or as small quantities as you need; a candy store with wonderful bargains in chocolates or other sweets that you know are good prices; a downstairs 99-cent store and photo developing as well. This is one of the few places on Broadway that has a public restroom, but it's 25 cents, and is cleaned and restocked constantly.
I believe most stores accept EBT cards, and will note it at the register. Not so sure about bank cards, though.
Maybe not a coincidence that such a heavenly place is across the street from where Angel's Flight finally landed? You be the judge.

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★★★★☆

Grand Central Market is to Latin and Asian foodies what Bristol Farms is to Anglos...only better and much, much cheaper. Where can you buy a basket of berries for only 50 cents? In WINTER? Well, here you can.
There are a plethora of services and shops where you are all but guaranteed an incredible price. Need a watch battery replaced or a gold bracelet repaired? An on-site jeweler is there, ready to help, at incredible prices. There is also a masseuse and masseur there, giving you a wonderful back massage there, also for a bargain.
There are abundant eateries here, including Mexican, Thai, Chinese, El Salvadoran, and probably others I have missed. There is a butcher shop, fruit and vegetable stands, spice and dry goods where you can buy as large or as small quantities as you need; a candy store with wonderful bargains in chocolates or other sweets that you know are good prices; a downstairs 99-cent store and photo developing as well. This is one of the few places on Broadway that has a public restroom, but it's 25 cents, and is cleaned and restocked constantly.
I believe most stores accept EBT cards, and will note it at the register. Not so sure about bank cards, though.
Maybe not a coincidence that such a heavenly place is across the street from where Angel's Flight finally landed? You be the judge.

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In "City of Angels," when Nicolas Cage's angel got to be human and wanted to see/taste/touch/smell as much as he could, he came to the Grand Central Market.

Apart from the occasional clipped wings, the marketeria mostly serves Latino shoppers, downtown lunchers, or local tourists like me. Browse the endless aisles of international foodstuff, get a Chinese massage, then grab a relatively inexpensive bite before hitting the garment/jewelry/toy districts. Good deal if you got parking anyway.

Somehow it makes perfect sense that there's also a 99 Cent Store in the basement.

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★★★★☆

In "City of Angels," when Nicolas Cage's angel got to be human and wanted to see/taste/touch/smell as much as he could, he came to the Grand Central Market.

Apart from the occasional clipped wings, the marketeria mostly serves Latino shoppers, downtown lunchers, or local tourists like me. Browse the endless aisles of international foodstuff, get a Chinese massage, then grab a relatively inexpensive bite before hitting the garment/jewelry/toy districts. Good deal if you got parking anyway.

Somehow it makes perfect sense that there's also a 99 Cent Store in the basement.

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I was visiting a childhood friend in the L.A. area this past January and I told her I didn't want to do the whole Hollywood thing and wanted to eat good food. She took me to Grand Central Market and I must say it was one of my favorite places in L.A. I absolutely food, especially good and cheap food! You could have a filling and delicious meal for less than 5 bucks! I had steak tacos for $2 each, horchata and sliced watermelon for $1-- what a meal! Locals don't even know about this place and they're missing out. If you're a foodie you have to go to this place, they have a wide array of food to offer.
It was just kind of hard to find a table since it was lunch time on a Saturday.

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★★★★★

I was visiting a childhood friend in the L.A. area this past January and I told her I didn't want to do the whole Hollywood thing and wanted to eat good food. She took me to Grand Central Market and I must say it was one of my favorite places in L.A. I absolutely food, especially good and cheap food! You could have a filling and delicious meal for less than 5 bucks! I had steak tacos for $2 each, horchata and sliced watermelon for $1-- what a meal! Locals don't even know about this place and they're missing out. If you're a foodie you have to go to this place, they have a wide array of food to offer.
It was just kind of hard to find a table since it was lunch time on a Saturday.

Pros: Cheap, good food, fresh fruits

Cons: Can get crowded during lunch

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Going to GCM makes me feel very urban and European. I absolutely love the vibrancy inside. The produce is unbelievably inexpensive and generally of the same or better quality than you will find in your average grocery store. Avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, citrus fruits and papaya are all a steal here. I would reccommend taking the metro to Pershing Square with your wheeled granny cart and your reusable shopping bags for the ultimate, "I am a European at heart" experience. What I also reccommend is being careful from which stand you buy hot, prepared food from. It's all very cheap: Mexican, Chinese, Hawaiian, but the quality of the meats is dubious. For vegetarians, the hot food options are very limited. Try the veggie tempura at the bento box booth. Even if you don't buy a thing, you will leave GCM saying, "I love this place and I am going to bring all of my relatives from the midwest here when they come to visit".

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★★★★☆

Going to GCM makes me feel very urban and European. I absolutely love the vibrancy inside. The produce is unbelievably inexpensive and generally of the same or better quality than you will find in your average grocery store. Avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, citrus fruits and papaya are all a steal here. I would reccommend taking the metro to Pershing Square with your wheeled granny cart and your reusable shopping bags for the ultimate, "I am a European at heart" experience. What I also reccommend is being careful from which stand you buy hot, prepared food from. It's all very cheap: Mexican, Chinese, Hawaiian, but the quality of the meats is dubious. For vegetarians, the hot food options are very limited. Try the veggie tempura at the bento box booth. Even if you don't buy a thing, you will leave GCM saying, "I love this place and I am going to bring all of my relatives from the midwest here when they come to visit".

Pros: Great produce selection, awesome atmosphere, one-of-a-kind experience

Cons: Fast food selection is of lesser quality

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I couldn't believe the prices on produce. You can buy everything from bee pollen to fresh shrimp. I walked around the whole place and looked at everything. There's an amazing mix of aisan and mexican food here, even pizza and Hawaiian BBQ. But you just have to have a carnitas torta! Piled high with succulent pork, beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, avacado and sour cream it was the best torta I ever had. Don't be afraid to ask questions either everyone is very helpful. Don't forget to get some flan and some great pastries as well the prices are really great. What a great experience. Don't be timid about this place the area seems really seedy but give it a try, its truly worth it.

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★★★★★

I couldn't believe the prices on produce. You can buy everything from bee pollen to fresh shrimp. I walked around the whole place and looked at everything. There's an amazing mix of aisan and mexican food here, even pizza and Hawaiian BBQ. But you just have to have a carnitas torta! Piled high with succulent pork, beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, avacado and sour cream it was the best torta I ever had. Don't be afraid to ask questions either everyone is very helpful. Don't forget to get some flan and some great pastries as well the prices are really great. What a great experience. Don't be timid about this place the area seems really seedy but give it a try, its truly worth it.

Pros: prices, TORTAS (sandwiches), Mexican food

Cons: area

 

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