Marina Walk Project – Los Angeles Marketplace

Marina Walk Project – What I call my marina walk project is anytime I get any opportunity to step off the boat and explore the surrounding area, no matter how close, no matter how far.

Today, the First Mate and I explored the LA Central Market Place – If you haven’t gone lately, it’s worth a visit.  Ninety minute parking for two bucks.  Eight bucks and we came home with two full bags of fresh fruits and produce.

If you know the area like I do, you can quickly skirt around traffic to get here, otherwise, you will be taking your chances.  If you arrive anytime after 10:00 a.m. and depart before the full on lunch crowd, rush hour or weekend crowd you will have a great outing. Otherwise you will be adding to the already congested LA traffic and your great outing may suddenly turn into a disappointment.  Yes, I know I call this a Marina Walk Project, but, transportation to and from is o.k.

The place has been here for something like over 100 years; yet this is only our second visit. First opened in 1917 and in continuous operation ever since.

A hundred years ago, Broadway Avenue was the principal commercial and entertainment corridor of downtown Los Angeles.  To the west, stately Victorian mansions.  According to the history of the marketplace the market continues to reflect the changing populations of downtown Los Angeles.

In the 1920s over ninety plus vendors hocked their wares that included multiple green grocers, fishmongers, Jewish delis, and butchers, as well as dry goods, baked goods, flowers, coffee, cheese, notions.  Today, the area is looking much trendier with a Seattle like feel.


Todays lunch Spanish Paella and Seattle Fish Stew.  Worth the drive (to downtown LA) according to the First Mate.  The Marina Walk included the more than four floors of area, sidwalk, area attractions, yet all was done (including lunch) in under 90 minutes.  Get in, get ‘er done, Get Out!

Served up fresh from a steam type quick cook pot.  The place is called BOMBO.  Food is amazingly good, yet fairly quickly prepared.  Each dish above $14.00  Seattle fish stew contains, shrimp curry steamed fish fo the day (today it was yellow tail) mussels, braised beef short rib and more.  We also enjoyed a passion fruit, Arnold Palmer drinks.





At Amy’s Secret Garden – LA Marketplace


Always fresh and always cheap!  Way cheaper than any local farmers market we know.


The Marketplace graffiti wall.


Don’t know what a Pupuseria is?  Then you don’t know what you’ve been missing.

wpid-0923151110b.jpgwpid-0923151111c.jpg Salvadoran food was my first choice (note above, the Yucas) however, one customer was placing about ten orders so I moved on.  We both went looking for our own restaurants, then to return to a general table seating area; however, we both ended up at Bombo’s on this trip.  No time for dessert.  And no pork cracklins were consumed on this occasion.

wpid-0922151545a.jpg And after scouring Baja Fish for new fishing lures and working up an appetite (yesterday) another Marina Walk project; thank you Captain John for the Korean bbq (need I repeat, all you can eat) lunch at 4:00 p.m.   Thanks John!