Filipino food makes its mark at 100-year old Grand Central Market

LOS ANGELES — It was a grand celebration for an iconic Los Angeles landmark. The Grand Central station celebrated its 100th year this month with a massive cake and an all-day food fest.

Grand Central Market opened in 1917 with its 90 vendors, at a time when downtown Los Angeles was the entertainment capital of the city.

It’s still business as usual at the market, with food stalls that continue to attract the downtown lunch break crowd of tourists and foodies.

Elected officials praised the neon-lit, food-filled hall and its Pinoy eateries for its economic and cultural impact on the City of Angels.

“Here at Los Angeles, where we can go from a Mexican to a Chinese to a Filipino restaurant. You can even wait an hour in line for Eggslut if you want,” said LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

While it’s been serving up downtown LA for the past century, in the past few years, Grand Central Market has also become a major pusher in the Filipino food movement.

The non-stop lines at Filipino-owned Eggslut helped put the spotlight on Chef Alvin Cailan, and continues to be one of the most popular stalls.

Earlier this year, Sari Sari — with the Pinoy look and feel of an actual sari-sari store opened up, serving modern takes on old favorites like silogs, adobo and buko pie.

“It’s about time that we have something like this here in LA,” said Karen Recinto.

While the tastes and the cultures of L.A. have evolved in the past century, the open air arcade has made sure to give a home and supper table for the city’s hungry, especially those craving authentic Pinoy flavors.

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