Farmers Market Holiday Dining Guide December 15, 2016 BACK TO MARKET BUZZ

While the weather outside is hardly frightful, Los Angeles is certainly deep in the holiday season. 

A visit to Farmers Market will provide plenty of inspiration for the perfect holiday gift. Additionally, the Market has the added benefit of being home to more than 50 original, mostly family-owned eateries. So, take a break from the holiday stress and know that you’re shopping and eating local while you’re here. 

Need a little extra shot of courage to bolster your holiday spirt? Combine holiday shopping, drinking and family time with a stop at our own Bar 326, which L.A. Weekly called “The Best Bar to Take Your Baby To.” If you’re craving a holiday beer, Bar 326 has 24 locally brewed craft beers on tap, so you know that you’re drinking locally as well.

Looking for something great to eat? To help your pocket book, many of our eateries are offering special deals and discounts throughout the holiday season:

French Crepe Co.

La Bastille Crepe with Ham
Dive into the ultimate comfort food with the La Bastille crepe at the French Crepe Co. Stuffed with ham and smothered with cheese and sun-ripened tomatoes, you’ll be licking your plate clean. Through the holiday season, enjoy a special combo: The La Bastille with a sparkling lemonade for just $12.

La Napoleon Crepe, French Crepe Co.
The hands-down favorite at the French Crepe Co. is the La Napoleon Crepe, layered with Nutella and fresh strawberries and bananas. We can’t think of anything else we want more after a long day of holiday shopping. Enjoy special combo pricing on the crepe and a refreshing, sparkling lemonade for just $10.

The Gumbo Pot

Southern Fried Chicken
Sure, The Gumbo Pot is known for its gumbo. But if you haven’t tried their Southern Fried Chicken, you’ve been missing out. The best bet is the half chicken, which is breaded in a secret Cajun flour mix and deep fried to crispy golden perfection. $14.25 

Bread Pudding with Caramel Rum Sauce, The Gumbo Pot
This holiday season, forget the beignets and get The Gumbo Pot’s bread pudding with caramel rum sauce instead. This luscious creation starts with fresh French bread, mixed with rum and raisins and then drizzled with a sinful caramel rum sauce. Tres magnifique. $3.75 

Loteria Grill

Warm up with a quintessential LA ultimate comfort food, the hand-crafted pozole at Loteria Grill. Made with pork and hominy and a chile guajillo-infused broth, you can season this dish to make it as spicy—or not—as you like. $7.50 small, $11.50 large. 

Marmalade Café 

The Big Marm

Gourmet dining is all well and good, but sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned cheeseburger. The Big Marm at Marmalade Café is made from ground sirloin fillet and short ribs. It is then grilled to perfection and topped with sharp white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and a "secret" sauce. Don’t forget the parmesan fries on the side. $15.99 

Blackened Chicken Penne
People watching doesn’t get much better than when you’re seated in the outdoor patio at Marmalade Café. For a decadent holiday meal, order the blackened chicken penne, served with Cajun spices on top of creamy pesto penne pasta with chopped tomatoes and scallions on the side. Half portion, $13.75; full portion, $15.25.

Papa Jake’s Sub Shop

Hot Bird Sandwich 
One of the newer eateries at Farmers Market, Papa Jake’s Sub Shop has been a favorite L.A. dining spot for years. Now, Jake has brought his famous sub sandwiches to the Market. During the holiday season, enjoy a Hot Bird—a fresh roasted turkey and cheese sub topped with seasonal cranberry sauce. Purchase an entire meal with a side and a drink, and you’ll get a $1 discount.

Family Meal Deal
The holidays are all about spending time with the family, which is why Papa Jake’s is offering a special deal for the family that dines together. Pick up any three sub sandwiches at Papa Jake’s through the holidays and you’ll get the fourth one free. The offer is good for full meal platters and individual sandwiches. 

Veggie Grill

Rewards Voucher
Holiday eating doesn’t have to mean unhealthy eating. Stop by Veggie Grill for a variety of holiday-inspired vegetarian and vegan options. During the holiday season, when you purchase a $40 gift card, Veggie Grill will give you a $10 rewards voucher to use on your next visit.