by Ariane Resnick, C.N.C.
Year-round perfect weather doesn't only produce a golden glow on the skin of starlets; Los Angeles is also known for its farmers' markets, which have offerings that most states grow for only a short season, if at all, for many months of the year. From the Santa Monica Farmers Market near the beach to the Kaiser Permanente Market in Watts, choosing the best Los Angeles farmers market is an impossible task. With over two hundred farmers markets in L.A., it's no surprise that many of the city's best restaurants choose to do their shopping at them. Here are 10 local favorites that source their produce from Los Angeles farmers markets.
4648 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
With multiple James Beard Award nominations in its first year of business, Middle Eastern restaurant Kismet took Los Angeles by storm and expanded to include a falafel shop and rotisserie. Kismet's two female chefs were Eater's 2017 Chefs of the Year.
2. Honey Hi
1620 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 9002
“Craveable, Sustainable, Comfort Food” is the motto of this gluten-free restaurant that shops weekly at local farmers markets. It offers everything from bone broth to pancakes, making healthy eating a definite comfort.
3. The Gables
6331 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
A Santa Monica staple, all-day eatery The Gables was initially the city's first beach club in the 1920s. Its weekend brunch runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with offerings such as avocado toast, ice cream floats, and grain bowls.
400 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The restaurant group behind well-known Baco Mercat and Bar Ama focuses on vegetables at this downtown eatery with industrial chic décor. Its wine program features domestic, natural selections, and the menu changes daily. Insider tip: p.y.t always offers an amuse-bouche, and it's always delish.
5. Salt's Cure
1155 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
As focused on meat as p.y.t. is on veggies, Salt's Cure not only sources ingredients grown and raised in California, the chefs butcher the restaurant's animal offerings in-house. Voted the #1 Los Angeles farm-to-table restaurant by Travel + Leisure in 2017, everything at Salt's Cure is as fresh as can be.
9543 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
Now a full decade old, Akasha's menu has centered from its inception around what is available at local farmers markets. The cocktail menu features fresh juices and organic spirits, and the restaurant also serves a breakfast and lunch counter service.
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
A Venice hot spot that has yet to slow down, reservations at Gjelina must be made well ahead. This restaurant is known for its local take on Italian cuisine and has nearly 20 different pizzas on its menu.
8700 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Both women behind A.O.C. Wine Bar have James Beard Awards under their belts, with chef Suzanne Goin wielding an impressive three all to herself. The team is also behind Tavern and The Larder, and partner Caroline Styne has expanded her expertise for all things fermented grape-related by producing her own wines.
624 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Housed in a beautiful space built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin, Republique is a casual coffee shop and fancy restaurant in one. It has expanded to include a walk-up ice cream window with flavors like Bay Leaf and Cherry Swirl.
10. Night + Market
9043 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
With outposts including both Night + Market Sahm and Night + Market Song, this Thai enterprise of several restaurants uses Thao Family Farm pesticide-free produce in a way patrons can't get enough of. Menu items range from the usual noodles and rice to grilled fatty pig neck, so there's an option for everyone.
Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist and bestselling author. She has been featured in media such as Forbes, CBS’ “The Doctors,” and Huffington Post, and her private clientele includes celebrities such as P!nk. Ariane has published two books, the first of which, The Bone Broth Miracle, reached the ranking of #1. cookbook on Amazon on multiple occasions) and two books releasing in 2019.