Gallery: Market Scene: The Revitalization of LA's Grand Central Market

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich from Eggslut
Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich from Eggslut
One of the market's newest—and most anticipated—stalls, Eggslut now serves daily breakfast sandwiches from their long Broadway-side counter. The $7 sausage, egg and cheese sandwich relies features an organic egg and housemade turkey sausage.
The Eggslut Counter
The Eggslut Counter
Morning eaters crowd the wide counter, each holding their own egg sandwich, wrapped in a brioche bun.
G& B Latte
G& B Latte
At the opposite end sits G & B, a minuscule takeaway counter for fresh coffee and anything they can whip up from their La Marzocco espresso machine. The mostly standing-room counter functions in a very European way, where lots of quick-serve locals swing by for a shot of espresso before moving on.
The Bar at G & B
The Bar at G & B
A few lucky folks can sit and enjoy their drinks, while everyone else queues up near the street. Similar lines form at the Press Brothers Juicery cart across the way, which serves up pre-mixed bottles of recently-juiced fruits and vegetables.
Brisket from Horse Thief
Brisket from Horse Thief
Not far away, Horse Thief BBQ has brought Texas-style smoked meats—including a 15-hour brisket—to the market's only patio. Soon to come: a beer and wine license, which will doubtless make the communal picnic tables a favorite downtown spot to grab a bite and a drink.
Ginger Snaps from Valerie
Ginger Snaps from Valerie
Another new tenant is Valerie, a confectionary / bakery that serves up everything from breakfast hand pies and salted caramel bread pudding to cold chicken sandwiches and these semi-soft, perfectly realized ginger snap cookies.
Staying Old School
Staying Old School
Not everything is brand new, though. Folks still wait patiently in line for tacos from Ana Maria, while the whole-pig carnitas purveyors Las Morelianas continue to hand out corn tortilla-wrapped bits of pork as a sample to entice tourists.
Tacos from Las Morelianas
Tacos from Las Morelianas
It's easy to get suckered in after one bite. Here, an assortment of pork carnitas parts are tucked into wide corn tortillas, ready to be dressed with cilantro, onion, and salsa.
Sarita's Pupuseria
Sarita's Pupuseria
Sarita's, one of the market's favorite draws, persists as well. The popular Salvadorean spot serves everything from fried plantains and stews to their ever-popular pupusas. Other market institutions (a Hawaiian BBQ spot, a Chinese steam table operation) are also still up and running, too.
Pomegranates at the Market
Pomegranates at the Market
Grand Central Market is still, well, a market too. Produce stalls, chile-by-the-pound purveyors and more are stuffed into the center of the market, with most of the newer operations taking up space at the edges. But it's actually possible to get a little grocery shopping done.
Romerito for Sale
Romerito for Sale
You can even find a few rare gems, like this romerito. Also known as seablites, this willowy plant grows well in brackish waters and salty soil. It adds an intense salinity to prepared dishes.
Looking In
Looking In
More changes are scheduled to hit the market in 2014, including the arrival of Belcampo Meats, a sustainable butcher operation from Northern California. DTLA Cheese and The Oyster Gourmet promise imminent arrivals as well, and chef Micah Wexler is in the process of opening Wexler's Deli, a ten-seat counter operation.