Blowhard, Esq. writes:
L.A.’s Grand Central Market has been undergoing a renaissance over the past few years. When a friend and I were there three years ago, the food offerings ranged from mediocre to lousy. While the middling places we ate at are both still there, they’ve been joined by a number of foodie establishments like Horse Thief BBQ, DTLA Cheese, G&B Coffee, and others. The quality has improved so markedly that Bon Appétit named it one of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants this year. During a recent trip downtown I tried one of the new spots, the Belcampo Meat Co.
Based in northern California (one of the workers was wearing a SF Giants baseball cap, a hanging offense in L.A., but I gave him a pass), Belcampo sources all of its meat from its own farm. Thus, in addition to offering a few dishes, it’s also a butcher. They don’t seem to offer any offal, though, so the hardcore Paleos are out of luck.
I got the meatball sub and it was delicious. Everything — the bread, sauce, basil, cheese, and meatballs — was very fresh. The sandwich is a little pricey at $11.50 but it’s enough for two, especially if you get a side of their beef tallow fries.