Eggslut

Restaurants, American creative Downtown Historic Core
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Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich at Eggslut
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Jeff Vales and Alvin Cailan of Eggslut

Grand Central Market opened nearly a century ago in 1917, and you can have a lot of fun thumbing through the Los Angeles Public Library's photo archive to see what stalls stood there in decades past: Magee's "Old Missouri" Horseradish, Hattim’s grocer, butchers, fishmongers. And, as it turns out, someone who sold nothing but cartons of eggs. Which conveniently brings us to Eggslut, an egg-centric vendor that opened in the Market a few months ago, one of several establishments moving in to revitalize the open-air market.

As you probably can infer from its name, Eggslut's choice ingredient is the (organic) egg, a conceit that, yes, we’ve seen almost too many times now, when no dish (Tacos! Pizza! French fries!) is complete without a fried egg on top. Thankfully, Eggslut largely succeeds even if you've grown weary of the trope.

The menu here is short but smartly focused on a few breakfast and lunch items made with quality ingredients, like the Bacon, Egg and Cheese breakfast sandwich ($6), stacked with hardwood-smoked bacon, just-melted cheddar cheese, a perfectly medium-cooked egg, and a slightly too thick, but still very good, housemade brioche bun. Or, if you can order it with a straight face and forget the misogynistic jokes published at its expense, try the Slut, a jar of smooth pureed potatoes topped with a coddled egg and served with toasted crostini ($9). You’ll break the lovely yolk, mix it with the puree, and slather it on the bread; as you do, you may look around and see you're sitting between Las Morelianas and Jose's Ice-Cream Corner, eating eggs out of a mason jar, planning to grab some dried chiles from Valeria's on your way out. How things have and haven't changed.

What to Eat: The aforementioned Slut makes for a terrific breakfast, so much so that even Ruth Reichl once tweeted her love for it. And while breakfast sandwiches like the Bacon, Egg and Cheese also do well at lunch, heartier appetites might want to go for the Steak and Eggs ($10), served with sunny-side up eggs, arugula, and toast.

What to Drink: At the stand, you'll find orange juice from Press Brothers Juicery and bottles of cold-brew from Outpost Coffee. Or, if you prefer, wander the market to grab a drink: Thai ice tea from Sticky Rice, a horchata from Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, a cappuccino from G&B Coffee...

Where to Sit: Order at the register, then grab any one of the 20 stools lining Eggslut's generous granite counter. There's also plenty of seating inside the market.

Conversation Piece: Prior to moving into Grand Central Market, Eggslut was a popular food truck that parked, among other places, in front of Coffee Commissary and Handsome Coffee Roasters.

By: Tien Nguyen

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Venue name: Eggslut
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Address: Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway
Los Angeles
90013
Opening hours: Daily 8am-4pm
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tiffinunboxed
tastemaker

I hear a lot of people express disappointment with Eggslut. With the hype and the lines, one would probably expect something quite fancy. What is surprising is that the menu is streamlined and everything is made from scratch and super fresh. Sure, it's a bit pricey for breakfast sandwiches, but it satisfies completely.


What I also like is that they make the egg the star of each dish, not a gratuitious add-on to take a dish up a notch. The egg, cheese and either bacon or turkey sausage sandwich on a biscuit is perfection in my opinion.

TheArtofSaintFrancis
tastemaker

I finally made it to Eggslut, tried the Fairfax ( scrambled eggs, cheddar & bacon on a brioche bun) and OJ it was...ok...

I mean, after I heard someone at Airbnb Open that this place is ONE of the things you can't miss in LA, I was definitely expecting an epiphany.

Which didn't happen because...well, the scrambled eggs were way too easy, the OJ tasted like a cheap version of Tropicana and...overall it's just an egg sandwich, so I really don't get all this fuss.

But I guess it's an OK breakfast joint as long as you don't have to make those ridiculous lines that sometimes form on the outside ( I am talking about the new Venice location, where it's probably very fancy just to stand in front of their window).

In that area, I'd much rather go for a fresh fruit cup from those little carts on Winward Ave.


Mary B
tastemaker

It was a good egg sandwich, but still just an egg sandwich.  I can make a good egg sandwich at home. The bun actually almost makes it worse? I think next time I would get it on the salad. I definitely wouldn't wait for more than 10 minutes in the line. And their OJ isn't even fresh squeezed!

Leila E

Finally went to eggslut, so I guess I can die now and go to heaven? I got the Fairfax on a salad. I like how they give that option.  The scrambled eggs were tasty and went well with the mayo. It was good, but nothing to write home about, and I'm not having dreams about it. I can't speak for the other dishes, but I do have my eye on that egg in a jar. 

Erin Delahanty
Staff Writer

Oh man, Eggslut is probably **the** spot for a breakfast sandwich in LA and it seems the whole city knows it too! Expect long lines at this restaurant within Grand Central Market—plan ahead and grab coffee elsewhere before jumping in the queue, as the wait is definitely worthwhile.

Haley S.
tastemaker

Eggslut serves up a great egg/bacon/cheese sandwich for a decent price, but I will emphasize--it is not worth waiting in line for more than five minutes for.  That line snaking its way around Grand Central?  Don't get in it.  Yes, it's a good sandwich, but you know what?  LA is full of good sandwiches.  LA is full of great brunches, breakfasts, and plenty of them have great egg/bacon/cheese sandwiches. Come back at an odd time or on a non weekend.

Jakob N. Layman
moderator

I think the growing line and wait has officially made eating at Egg Slut a pain in the ass, but damn if their food isn't delicious. Keep it simple and go with the classic bacon, egg and cheese or explore a little bit and try the fantastic Slut. Nothing on the menu will leave you wanting, but maybe grab some coffee or juice before getting in line.