Pasture-raised local eggs with brown and green speckles. Homemade sausage. Baskets of colorful farm-to-store sweet peppers. Raisins on the vine. Urban Radish is every foodie's dream grocery store. Owner and passionate food enthusiast Keri Johnson envisioned it as an extension of her own pantry at home, with the added mission of bringing together the Arts District community. Johnson and daughter Mackenzie curate everything down to the most minute detail, including the pickled red onions on the delicious Dragon Chicken sandwich, which has become a neighborhood favorite. Tuesday is Oyster and Wine Night, while Wednesday night is for jazz and grilled meats. In the morning there is an omelette bar and world-class breakfast burritos, served by employees sourced from Homeboy Industries, yet another way that Urban Radish gives back to the community.
Food and travel go together like a glass of rosé and a good sunset. While grabbing a seat at the trendy restaurant du jour is usually on the agenda, getting a look at a local grocery is just as important. Want to feel like a local? See how they shop. ...
Los Angeles (Downtown): Urban Radish
When I first approached this urban specialty market, I’d assumed I was lost. Instead, I got lost in a beautiful and spacious market curated with items I’d never seen before. Visit on Wednesdays for wine and live jazz.
Urban Radish is a wonderland of mouth-watering culinary delights. Local produce, imported delicacies, jazz nights, barbecues, oyster tastings— this place has it all. It also has 12 electric-only parking spots, if you’re so inclined. Peruse their well-stocked wine selection while munching on some cheese chosen for you by the resident Cheesemonger from their overflowing display of cheeses and salumi. Fresh produce, flowers from Silver Lake, olive oil from Italy; try not to go overboard (good luck with that!).
District by district, Downtown L.A. is going through a rebirth, with the Arts District at the height of its renaissance. What started as an urban artists’ colony in the 1970s has recently become a hotbed for creators from all arenas, making it one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods to visit. Located just east of Little Tokyo and west of the L.A. River, it’s easy to see why artists like Paul McCarthy and George Herms made this vibrant, and yes, highly walk-able neighborhood their home. Here’s what to do in the area right now.
For breakfast, follow your nose to Breadlounge, a wonderful local bakery that provides baguettes and loaves for many of the city’s top toques. Look for the pain au chocolat, Middle Eastern balkan borek with spinach and feta, and farmers market-inspired quiches. Lunchtime requires a stop at Urban Radish, a grocer with charcuterie and cheese counters, sandwiches, market-fresh salads, as well as a bottle shop to pick up wine for a night in.
Urban Radish is an epicurean mecca of the Art’s District. Within an 8,000 square foot warehouse on Imperial Street, the upscale grocery boasts a selection of gourmet foods, seasonal produce and imported wines – just the right ingredients to make a modern day Julia Childs out of anyone.
In July of 2013, [store owners] introduced Urban Radish to the Arts District to create a community where local residents can walk to pick up a few high quality foods or grab ready to eat, organic meals. For a community whose sophisticated palate is home to trendy restaurants such as Bestia and Church & State, a grocery selling romanesco cauliflower and jamón ibérico could not be more timely.
Varieties of organic pasta, teas, jams, sauces, and oils stock the shelves in packaging that looks like The Dieline’s Top Ten List. Meandering through the aisles provokes an inclination to host an intimate dinner for impressive feasting, because ingredients this gourmand, must be shared.
The produce section is set up like a European farmer’s market: bundled, vibrant, and dripping in dew. These vegetables can easily turn a salad into a leafy work of art. Imported cheese and cured meats are encased within a vitrine conveniently next to the wine selection. They’re the necessary elements for the holy trinity of aperitifs: stinky cheese, aged meat, and velvety wine.
Just steps away is the quaint, Wi-Fi equipped patio which sets the stage for gourmet snacking and live Brazilian jazz. Every Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon, customers work on their laptops, sip on wine, and listen to soothing jazz all while forgetting their initial purpose for milk and eggs.
Urban Radish is a peaceful shopping oasis where shoppers come in to discover new foods, flavors, and cravings.
...What makes this market so special? The owners and staff. Their customer service is beyond wonderful. I’m always welcomed with a smile, educated on what’s in season, and encouraged to taste any fruit or veggie I might be questioning. The food featured in their store is a selection of organic and GMO-free items. Oh, and if you love packaging design like me, this grocery store would be your Candyland. Speaking of, have you ever tried powdered peanut butter or salted watermelon jelly? It’s interesting products like these that have me itching to test out some new cocktail recipes.
In front of Arts District gourmet marketplace Urban Radish, you'll find an Electric Vehicle, or EV, oasis with 10 level-two Blink chargers and two level-three superchargers (super because they can take your battery from empty to 80 percent in 20 minutes). Installed three years ago by Linear City Development as part of its loft development, the chargers were meant "to encourage the use of eclectic cars in the Arts District," according to company manager Yuval Bar-Zemer. Parking in the EV-reserved spots is free for anyone; charging is not — but it's still a heckofalot cheaper than gas. Grab some almond milk while you wait, and leave with both your body and your car fueled.
Our new Grain Free granola has been selling out at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets every week.
The Urban Radish Blend was born when I went for a visit to a store down in LA with the same name! They wanted a granola blend that was grain free that had all the premium ingredients that our grain granola have. After a few trials we came up with this blend and couldn't be happier with it. We hope you love it as much as we do! The Urban Radish blend was created especially for our friends.
Coconut takes the place of oats in this breakfast treat, making it suitable for those on a grain-free diet. We’re crazy about the crispy texture of the coconut paired with the delightfully chewy dried fruit and crunchy nuts and seeds. Enjoy it just like you would any other granola. We hope you love it!
Coconut takes the place of oats in this breakfast treat, making it suitable for those on a grain-free diet. We’re crazy about the crispy texture of the coconut paired with the delightfully chewy dried fruit and crunchy nuts and seeds.
Grocery purveyor Urban Radish is quickly becoming downtown’s go-to stop for home chefs. The market culls the cream of the crop from local organic farmers, butchers, and cheesemakers.
Tucked away in the heart of the Arts District of Los Angeles is a boutique market called Urban Radish. I was first introduced to the owner, Michael Aivazis, by our friends atProprietors LLC. while location scouting. Urban Radish is one of the first markets to land in the area that caters to the sense of wellbeing and quality that is expected from the community of the up-and-coming Arts District.
After I sat down with Michael, I left feeling inspired and grateful for his sense of responsibility as the grocer of the community. He only wants to offer the healthiest, most sustainable, and best options for eating well. Not only is he doing good on the food end, but also paying his employees livable wages and helping those with troublesome pasts that would normally have difficulty finding a job.
Downtown's Urban Radish, the first gourmet market of its kind in the Arts District, celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a ribbon-cutting, samples galore and crowds of shoppers.
After the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting, shoppers sampled Urban Radish's signature coffee, quinoa cookies, house-made Maui-style jerky and Weiser Family Farms melons as co-owner Carol Paxton led tours to point out Cotton Candy grapes, dried morels, baby romanesco and the store's growing wine section. (read more)
Downtown has it all: Little Tokyo, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cooper Building blowout sales.
But you’d have a better chance locating a needle in one of those proverbial haystacks than finding a grocery store worth its salt.
Until Urban Radish sprouted up. The new, 8,000-square-foot marketplace is a foodie’s paradise, with certified organic produce from local farms, sustainable and ethically raised meat and seafood, and gourmet products like Fra’Mani handmade cured meats and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
There’s also a deli serving freshly made sandwiches like The Radish (radishes, Vermont butter, radish greens vinaigrette) and Jambon Parisien (French ham, Gruyere-style cheese, Dijon aioli), a cheese shop (presided over by a cheesemonger who worked at Cowgirl Creamery and apprenticed at Neal’s Yard in London), a charcuterie section, and a wineshop with a patio for enjoying postshop vino.
Any loft dweller knows that while living in Downtown LA is hip and cool, especially for those there before the resurgence, there is a dearth of grocery stores and markets. Sure, there is a Ralph's (finally) and a couple of small farmer's markets, but if you want quality goods, most Downtowners have to schlep to a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or Bristol Farms, which usually means a trip to Pasadena or one of the larger farmer's markets around town. But Carolyn Paxton and Michael and Keri Aivazis are out to change that, one organically-farmed leaf at a time, with Urban Radish, their new Arts District warehouse-turned-marketplace.
You can't miss the corrugated metal building with its signature chipmunk painted on the sign, a street-art holdover from the warehouse's previous life, set on a corner near the Biscuit and Toy Factory Lofts. The market opened over the Fourth of July, a lofty space filled with racks of specialty foodstuffs, like condiments, a nice cheese selection, sustainably-raised meats and seafood, organic vegetables and more. There are even a few spots to charge electric cars outside. It's like the best of the Fancy Food Show under one roof, with hand-crafted and artisanal goods, some from LA - did you know Georgio Baldi sold jarred pasta sauce? - but many from beyond, all hand-selected by owners Carolyn Paxton and Michael and Keri Aivazis. While Urban Radish might not attract every Downtown local - the prices are more on par with a Whole Foods or Bristol Farms, not Ralph's or TJ's - it's a great spot to grab lunch and dinner items, or anything you don't need but can't do without, as needed.
Even non-locals will find something delicious here, like a rotisserie chicken or bottle of Molonay Tubilderborst Ketchup. We stopped for photos and ended up with a jamon, butter and cornichon sandwich on an amazing Bread Lounge baguette (the bread's made just around the corner); a small hunk of Appalachian cheese from Virginia; a teensy jar of fig and walnut spread; crackers; and an iced coffee. And we weren't even hungry. Tables and chairs will be set up soon so you can sit and dine there, and the hours will soon be extended after this "soft" phase. Let's take a look around.