Grand Central Market | Press Coverage | Los Angeles Times | By Jonathan Gold I have stopped by Sari Sari Store five times in the last three days, and I'm not sure if I should be admitting this to you or to a therapist.
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Jonathan Gold can't stay away from Grand Central's Sari Sari Store
October 06, 2017

By Jonathan Gold

I have stopped by Sari Sari Store five times in the last three days, and I'm not sure if I should be admitting this to you or to a therapist.

On Monday, I walked over with Times Food editor Amy Scattergood, my Sari Sari Store enabler, and tried the arroz caldo, the sisig fried rice and also the adobo fried rice. On Tuesday morning, Amy texted me to say a section meeting was already underway at Sari Sari Store, so I found myself back at the counter with an order of lechon manok — spit-roasted chicken — as well as a cantaloupe slush and a few forkfuls of buko pie. Late that afternoon, I came in for an early supper of grilled pork ribs, silog made with homemade "Spam'' and a taste of tortang talong, which is grilled eggplant dipped into beaten egg and fried. Wednesday's breakfast (Amy's choice, again) was another bowl of arroz caldo, and I breezed through again a few hours later for halo-halo and a coffee with condensed milk. I've given up my fidget spinner. I have Sari Sari Store instead.

My colleagues and I have probably adored Sari Sari Store a little too much lately, partly because we're as likely to become crushed out on a new restaurant as a 14-year-old is on the latest Zayn track, and partly because the idea of a Filipino-style lunch counter run by République's Margarita and Walter Manzke is just too much, especially in downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market.

317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 624-2378, www.grandcentralmarket.com.

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