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You know your pals/dearly beloveds who can’t decide where to dine? Save time and don’t ask their opinion--instead make a beeline downtown to Grand Central Market, where you'll find a vast array of cuisines, all done at a top-notch level.

There’s so much to choose from, in fact, that the newbie might feel a bit overwhelmed. We’ve drilled down the choices to these must-have dishes. From a perfectly executed avocado toast to a fragrant paella, these seven meals each deserve center stage, so make return trips.

Avocado Toast

Cheese shop and café DTLA Cheese has taken this snack ($11) to new heights with rough-hewn bread, pimento cheese and bacon.

DTLA Cheese, 317 Broadway, Stall 45; 213-290-3060 or

Vegan Ramen

Ramen Hood is the place for a lighter, fresher and healthier version of the traditional ramen noodle bowl: Rice noodles, broth made from sunflower seeds, meaty mushrooms substituting for pork rounds and an actual simulacrum egg made from soy milk and nutritional yeast.

Ramen Hood, 317 S. Broadway; 213-265-7331 or


Fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, sea urchin and ceviche are served from the Oyster Gournet’s cool bentwood kiosk, where chef Christophe Happillon happily proffers whatever’s freshest.

317 S. Broadway;


Maybe you want something sweet for breakfast, dessert or to remedy that 4 o’clock energy lull. You’ll love the fresh waffles topped with ricotta and blueberry jam ($9) served all day at G & B Coffee.

G & B Coffee, 312 S. Broadway, Stall C19;


One of the best burgers in town, Belcampo Meat Co.’s lamb bánh mì burger ($13) is packed with thai slaw, jalapeños and a spicy mayo to bring it all together. Bonus: The meat is sustainably raised by the company in northern California; in the adjoining butcher shop, you can buy some to prepare at home.

Belcampo Meat Co., 317 S. Broadway, Stall F9; 213-625-0304 or


Everything in former Campanile chef Mark Peel’s new restaurant is broth-based. So there’s fish stew, mussels and, our favorite, a satisfying paella ($14) in a saffron-and-lobster broth, which is full of mussels, shrimp and spicy pork sausage on steamed rice with flax seed.

Bombo, 317 S. Broadway, Stall D3;


Personal-size ten-inch pizzas on hand-stretched dough--we’re fond of the house special Margherita variety--along with a boxed salad make Olio the perfect spot for a casual lunch.

317 S. Broadway, Stall B6-B7;

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