6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 933-8929
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Bob’s feels like home. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I’m at The Farmer’s Market at least once per week. Frequently, I’m there even more than that. If I’ve had a bad day, I go to The Farmer’s Market and it cheers me up. For me, Bob’s is the cornerstone of the entire market, and no trip is complete without a big cup of their iced tea. Their circular, red and white logo is iconic, as is their sign that is adorned with an oversized doughnut and coffee cup. Bob’s and the rest of the semi-outdoor Farmer’s Market takes perfect advantage of our incredible Southern California weather.
Bob’s is located on the East Patio of the Original Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax in West Hollywood. If you ask me, The Farmer’s Market is to Los Angeles what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. If you are in town, you have to visit or else you’ve missed something important to the city’s cultural identity. But unlike other landmarks, the Farmer’s Market isn’t normally overrun with tourists. Grab a chair at a table out in front of Bob’s, or better yet walk upstairs to the semi-private dining area above Magee’s. The best seats in the house are the ones that overlook the parking lot next to the big windows. Bob’s location makes it ideal for people watching, and The Farmer’s Market is one of the best places in all of Los Angeles for celebrity sightings.
The Los Angeles Farmer’s Market’s official website would have you believe that the cinnamon roll is the reason to visit, and it’s good. But the apple fritter is what you’ll be telling your friends about in the days (perhaps weeks) following your visit. Every single out-of-town visitor makes a trip with me to Bob’s whether or not they like doughnuts and whether or not they even like sweets. I can’t count the number of times I have returned to our table with a warm fritter only to have my guest say say something like, “Oh, I’m not really a fritter kind of guy.” “Just try it,” I’ll say. One bite later, they all react the same way. Their eyes widen, and a big grin breaks out across their face.
The fritters are big, and eating a whole one by yourself can induce the sugar shakes. The best part is that the fritters are still great a day later. Leave it out on the counter in its white waxed paper bag overnight and enjoy the slightly crusty pastry the next morning with coffee. Which brings me to Bob’s coffee… I don’t drink coffee, so I have no idea if it’s good. But the iced tea is remarkably tasty. Order the tea with no lemon and lots of ice. Various other cakes, danishes, and doughnuts are all made fresh on-site.
Ladies work the counter while the men make the pastries in the back. The whole place is the size of an office cubicle, which always makes me thankful for how nice everyone there is to me every single time I visit. It must be cramped back there, and that might make me a little cranky, but not these gals. Or if they are, they’re great at hiding it. Everybody gets a tray, even if you’re just ordering a drink, so if you don’t want one, say so. Also, they accept tips even though there isn’t an obnoxious “Yes. We accept tips” jar sitting on the counter. Thank the folks with an extra buck. The same faces have been smiling at me from behind that counter for six years. I am certain that they have earned the gratuity.