Every time I am in LA, I make it a point to stop at the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax. For those who are not familiar with this historic LA landmark, it is not your ordinary farmers market. Since 1934, the Farmers Market has housed some of LA’s most popular eateries, including Du-par’s, Kokomo Cafe, and Loteria. My favorite place in the Farmers Market, however, is Pampas Grill.
Pampas Grill is a small Brazilian churrascaria located in a quiet corner of the Farmers Market. One of my best friends (who is Brazilian) introduced me to Pampas about 6 years ago and I have been a regular ever since. Pampas features a self-serve salad and hot entree bar, so diners can get as much or as little as they want. My favorite dishes include the beet salad, feijoada (black bean stew), and pao de queijo (cheesy bread made fro yuca flour). The beet salad is simply diced beets, but the flavor is incredibly fresh and sweet. The feijoada, a traditional Brazilian dish, is earthy and smoky–delicious over the housemade rice and topped with some yuca powder. Pao de queijo is crisp on the outside, chewy and cheesy on the inside.
While you could easily fill up on the salad bar, make sure to leave room for the main attraction: Brazilian barbecue! Diners can choose which meats they would like, and servers will hand carve them right off the spit. I love the picanha con alho, or garlic beef. The beef is super tender and juicy, with just the right amount of fat. I also tried the spicy chicken, which was actually pretty mild for my taste, but still tasty. Other offerings include chicken wrapped in bacon, sirloin, and sausages.
Pampas determined the price of the meal by weighing your plate. Depending on how much you get, the price can be quite low…or quite high. (The plate pictured above cost $13.75–not too bad for the amount of delicious food!) If you’re looking for a fresh and flavorful taste of Brazil in LA, look no further than Pampas Grill!
6333 West 3rd St. #618
Los Angeles, CA 90036