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Among the aisles of this new mini-mart in Koreatown, you’ll find small-batch hot sauce, Hello Panda, Asian pantry staples, a deli case stocked with salads and juices, and their “OM” breakfast sandwich - a hearty offering topped with arugula, a housemade sausage patty, and one of the most beautifully fried eggs we’ve ever seen. A slightly sweet harissa tomato jam contrasts the salty, fatty flavors from the sausage, while the egg yolk spills out onto the rest of the sandwich, just the way higher powers meant it to. And while you wait for this masterpiece, you get to browse the aisles and do some pleasant grocery shopping to stock up your pantry - even if you just end up buying five packs of strawberry Pocky.
Half-convenience store, half-all-day-cafe, Open Market is a new shop in Koreatown where you’ll find the answer to all your snacking queries. Located in a brightly lit showroom on Wilshire Blvd., the sleek, minimalist space looks like it could double as an art gallery, and is filled with market goods, milk tea, drip coffee, and specialty sandwiches. The shelves are stocked with gochujang-flavored Chex Mix and Rancho Gordo beans, and the kitchen serves Turkish eggs, baguettes from Clark Street, and sandwiches stuffed with everything from lemongrass Jidori chicken to shoyu dashi prime brisket and provolone. If you can’t find something for a picnic here, we don’t know what to tell you. Open weekdays only.