Best Gourmet Specialty Market's in Los Angeles Area
I am new to Los Angeles from NYC and Im dying to find a few great specialty food shops, not on the scale of Whole Foods or Bristol Farms. Anywhere in the greater los angeles area, I am willing to go the distance! Any Suggestions?
Surfas in Culver City, gourmet foods, cookware, chocolates, attached cafe. Better go soon (see eminent domain issues on their website)
Nicole's in South Pasadena, French gourmet foods, sandwiches.
Plenty of other ethnic food shops.
Sadly, there is no Chelsea Market nor Fairway in LA. But there are great farmers markets. One thing they have in LA markets that they don't have in Union Square is fresh fish. Here's a list:
Monsieur Marcel is overpriced but good in a pinch, and I am in love with the butcher next door (Huntington Meats- only place to get Boar's Head for less than $10 a lb.)
Bay Cities in SM is a decent Italian deli
There's also Mario's deli in Glendale
Although it's not high end, you can find a lot of middle eastern cheeses, oils, and a darn good and cheap butcher at Super King in Atwater
Super King Market
2716 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
If you haven't yet been to Surfas, you must go. It's Bowery Kitchen Supply meets Zabars.
I second Mr. Marcel. I can get everything from PG Tips to salted capers. Of course I'm spoiled because I live basically across the street and can walk over there anytime. The Huntington is a fantastic shop too. The fruit stands can be disappointing at Farmer's Market, so you have to shop with care in that department.
Market Gourmet in Venice has a lot of high-end gourmet food and supplies.
And, Le Sanctuaire in SM has hard to find butters, oils, chocolates, pastas, spices. No prepared food, though.
Julienne's has a nice selection of specialty items and their own prepared items. You can also eat there.
2649 Mission Street
San Marino #626.441-2299
Tudor House for a wide assortment of hard-to-find British pastries and candies.
1403 2nd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Market Gourmet in Venice, off Abbot Kinney
Bay Cities Deli, off Lincoln in Santa Monica
Marina Farms, at Jefferson and Centinela (I think) in Culver City.
Cheese Stores of Beverly Hills and Silver Lake
Monsieur Marcel @ 3rd/Fairfax
Surfas' at Washington/National in Culver City
Also...Joan's on Third for cheese and prepared foods, Clementine for baked goods and frozen soup, La Brea Bakery for English cheeses and Spanish sausage, La Espanola (brand locally and store in the South Bay), a variety of Middle Eastern places on Westwood, a variety of Kosher places on Pico and Fairfax, etc. Some people like Jon's but I can't get over the dirt.
The Beverly Hills Cheese Store is the best place for cheese (duh) and lots of other hard-to-find condiments. It's really a wonderful store that has very little pretense and outstanding service. If you're from NYC, then it will remind you of Murray's, but with more friendly service.
The Wine House in West LA on Cotner, between Pico and Olympic is a great place for wine, other alcohol, and some food items.
If you're looking for ethnic markets, then that's a whole different discussion -- there are tons of great ones.
In Long Beach, Olives on Broadway near Redondo saved my dinner parties many a times. I also loved the Italian Goods at Angelos on Belmont Shore right off of 2nd St...
well there's a small market specializing in Italian goods in Calabasas called Blue Table. It's a small store in a shopping center SEC of Park Granada and Park sorrento.
they serve soups, sandwiches and coffee and sell wine also.