Now there's killer cornbread too. It's not where you would expect, at the Mexican restaurants Chichén Itzá and Taquería Vista Hermosa. You'll find it at the Village Market Place produce stand, which opened in the mercado last fall.
There you can buy heirloom tomatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, guavas and other crops from local farms, all of it organic.
The stand sells prepared foods too, such as tomato sauce, infused balsamic vinegar and fruit jams. Profits go to support the youth training programs of Community Services Unlimited.
The cornbread had just been introduced the day I was there. Light, sweet and crumbly, it's a three-corn bread, composed of corn flour, cornmeal and fresh corn. Instead of eggs, it's put together with yogurt.
The stand was offering it as a blackboard special, along with black-eyed beans and green salad. That sounds like a delicious lunch, with a choice of two drinks, orange mint tea or ginger coffee.
Village Market Place, Stand C-9, Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007.