Monday, February 22, 2010

Mercado la Paloma

Do you ever need to run errands on your lunch break, like getting some clothes altered, or buying car insurance, or picking up some Dodgers jerseys? At Mercado la Paloma, you can do all those things and have a delish meal.

Located across from the DMV, on the 110 ramp from Exposition Boulevard by USC, Mercado la Paloma is a great warehouse space with Thai, Yucatan, Oaxacan and Peruvian food vendors plus burgers and tacos. There’s also the bakery and juice stand options for your growling belly.

Everything looked and smelled great. The tables were filled with guests enjoying the varieties of food. I was on the hunt for some veggies. I went with the broccoli beef dish from Thai Corner, and it was very tasty. According to the “Eat This, Not That” books, broccoli beef is a good way to go because you’re guaranteed a heaping serving of veggies.

Food and services vendors intermingle, and cool paintings hang on the walls. I like the stall near the entrance with the Day of the Dead-feel jewelry, art and handbags.

When you go, park in the lot off Grand, as opposed to the DMV lot like I did, just to keep everyone all lovey-dovey. This photo is actually the backside mural. Hours are 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. weekdays only.

Click here to go to their Web site.

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