Gold Medal Merchants at Farmers Market August 16, 2016 BACK TO MARKET BUZZ

Gold Medal Merchants at Farmers Market

There’s been plenty of excitement around the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with much more live action to come. Still on tap are track and field matches, table tennis, soccer, volleyball, diving and men’s basketball where Team USA takes on their old rivals, Argentina.

If you’re of a mind to catch up on the action and share a few of your favorite war stories—who doesn’t remember the “Miracle on Ice” at Lake Placid—be sure to pop by our Farmers Market Bars. Both E.B.’s Beer & Wine and Bar 326 will be airing the action all day long. And be sure to drop by on Sunday to catch the closing ceremony, which promises to be a sweet, star-filled event. The ceremonies are set to begin at 4 p.m. PST.

If you’re still pouting that you couldn’t get to Brazil to watch the games first-hand, we can help you through your lobs. A stop at Pampas Grill, which was recently named by Business Insider as one of the top 25 Brazilian restaurants in America, has Brazilian barbecue so good, you won’t even realize you’re still in Los Angeles. If you really want to drink like a local, be sure to pick up a can of Guarana, a carbonated apple cider loaded with caffeine to put a little extra pep in your step. Try it once and you’ll be hooked.

Need some Team USA paraphernalia to root on the home team? Our Farmers Market merchants are up to their eyeballs in the Red, White & Blue. At Havaianas—a Brazilian footwear store—pick up a variety of flip flops decorated with stars & stripes. Or go for the gold with a pair of our favorites, the Havaianas Lilo Glitter USA Flag flip flops, which are decorated with American flags and gold glitter.

At Cost Plus World Market, you can pick up a variety of items to add to your Olympian-sized celebration. American flags are the perfect accompaniment to root, root, root for the home team. Plus, they can be re-used come Labor Day for your outdoor picnic. If you’re celebrating the games at home, you can also pick up red, white & blue ribbon, garland, string lamps and tri-color, star-shaped marshmallows.

Gold Medal Recognition

If you’re into keeping track of things like medals, awards and honors, you might say Farmers Market has the winningest team. Our merchants rake in the accolades faster than Michael Phelps earns gold medals. Here are just a few of the accolades our merchants are bringing home with them:

Bennett’s Ice Cream—At Bennett’s Ice Cream, the Bennett family has been serving Los Angeles some of the best ice cream for generations and it has decades of awards under its belt. Recently, CBS called it “The Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles” and just last month Thrillist added it to its “Best Old School Ice Cream Shops in America” list.

Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts—Whether you spell it donut or doughnut, this little shop has been listed on so many “best of” lists, it’s hard to keep track. Most recently, Gayot Guide ranked it among its favorites, but Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts has also appeared on lists by Saveur, USA Today, Zagat and L.A. Weekly.

Charlies Coffee Shop—The burger here is so tasty, it’s been featured on the Travel Channel’s Burger Land and Serious Eats called it “Truly Winning.”

The French Crepe Company—The tasty crepes, which come with sweet and savory filling, at The French Crepe Co., are so delish, Zagat listed them among the top French Food in Los Angeles.

Fritzi Dog—The hot dogs at Fritzi Dog are so good, it’s not surprising how much the media loves them. Gayot called this one of the top ten hot dog restaurants in Los Angeles while BuzzFeed called Fritzi Dog’s stewed carrot dogs one of the “12 Best Vegan Dogs in LA.”

Huntington Meats & Sausage—In 2009, LA Weekly called Huntington Meats the Best Butcher in Los Angeles. In 2013, LAist also added Huntington Meats to its list of “The Best Butchers” in LA.

Loteria Grill—Another one of our “winningest” restaurants, the list of accolades for Loteria Grill is endless. In the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles’ uber foodie, listed it among the best Mexican restaurants in Southern California.

Marconda’s Meats & Marconda’s Puritan Poultry—Another Farmers Market favorite, Marconda’s has also been recognized among the best butchers in LA by LAist and LA Magazine.

Moishe’s—If you’re in the mood for some truly amazing poultry, the rotisserie chicken at Moishe’s was called out for its flavor and its delicious dipping sauce by the Los Angeles Times.

Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market & Restaurant—If you’re secretly rooting for Team France, that’s okay, Farmers Market is the proverbial melting pot. Speaking of melting, the famed fondue at Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market & Restaurant was recently served as an on-air birthday treat for KTLA’s Frank Romero. The cheese shop, with more than 200 varieties of cheese, was also named one of the top cheese shops in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Hot List. Recently CBS-LA also listed Monsieur Marcel as one of the best gift shops in LA.

Moruno—When it opened its doors at Farmers Market earlier this year, Moruno received a lot of ink for its much-anticipated opening. It was even listed as one of the 12 Best New Restaurants in America by GQ magazine.

Pampas Grill—Using an algorithm powered by Foursquare, Business Insider recently determined that Pampas Grill is one of the top 25 Brazilian restaurants in America.