Smorgasburg, the weekly Downtown LA outdoor food bazaar, is back after a year-plus hiatus during the (still ongoing) coronavirus pandemic — and now there’s a new slew of restaurant names to add to the massive five-acre space. Here’s who to look for at Smorgasburg when it reopens inside the Row DTLA development on July 4:
Bridgetown Roti: Chef Rashida Holmes’ massively popular Caribbean street food pop-up with nods to the flavors and cuisine of Barbados
Go Go Bird: The Hinoki + the Bird team does Sichuan-spiced fried chicken from the mind of chef Brandon Kida
Little Fish: Following on the current fried fish moment, expect sandwiches, drinks, and sides
Los Dorados: Chef Estiven Orozco’s flautas have become some of the most sought-after tacos in all of LA of late
The Bad Jew: Rebecca King used to pop up out of her house, but now she’s cooking pork pastrami weekly for Smorgasburg and an ongoing residency inside the Mar Vista
Picnic: Chef Shanna Milazzo has been making sandwiches (first as a storefront in Silver Lake, and lately as a pop-up) for years, with nods to the Italian-American experience in Queens, NY
Saucy Chick Rotisserie: Mexican and Indian flavors collide at this former pickup and delivery-only rotisserie chicken pop-up
Veggie Fam: Vegans are ready for Veggie Fam, with its simple array of burgers and hot chicken sandwiches
Goat Mafia: This busy Compton pop-up does Jalisco-style goat birria using a family recipe
Other options arriving at Smorgasburg on July 4 include Be Bright Coffee; the Trufflelist (cheesesteaks); Holy Basil (Bangkok-style street food); Lei’d Cookies (chocolate chip cookies); A little Salty Pie Co. (pretzel-crust pies); ManEatingPlant (vegan Asian comfort food); Mort & Betty’s (vegan Jewish deli); the Puffs (cotton candy); Sweet Grass (sugarcane drinks).
It’s also worth noting that some of Smorgasburg’s most popular ongoing vendors are planning to return this year, including Burritos La Palma, Cena Vegan, Little Llama Peruvian Tacos, Lobsterdamus, Love Hour, Macheen, Tacos 1986, and Todo Verde. The kickoff event for Smorgasburg is July 4 at 777 S. Alameda Street in Downtown Los Angeles, with free entry and hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.