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Oct 20, 2006 11:23 PM

Where to Buy "European" Gourmet Foods in L.A.

A newly transplated NYCer to L.A. posted earlier on "Where are the Gourmet Markets in L.A.?" Since I'm of European descent, I thought I would focus in on just that Continent.

#1 High End, Money No Object, European Food Importer
Russian & French (mainly) - Petrossian - Beverly Hills (also NYC & Paris)

If you like Caviar, then here's "THE" spot. They offer the single most expensive single dining item on any L.A. Menu (for you Lotto winners):

A Caviar sampler of 15 grams each of Sevruga, Ossetra & Beluga with appointments for $345. (which edges out a 16oz. Kobe Filet at Cut for $320, unless they bumped it up already). Also, Foie Gras, Pate, truffles, smoked fish, ect.

Europe - Starting from West to East
Portugal - Euro Cafe - Claremont

Spain - The Black Sheep Market - Tustin

France - The Black Sheep Market - Tustin
(and Pertrossian above


United Kingdom - Continental Shop - Santa Monica
1619 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 453-8665

Italy - Bay Cites Italian Deli - Santa Monica

Germany - The Alpine Village - Torrance

Balkan Region - Aroma Cafe (a) - West L.A.

Greece - Papa Cristo's - Los Angeles

Hungary - Otto's Euro & Hungarian Import Store Deli (b) - Burbank

Poland - J & T European Gourmet Foods (c) - Santa Monica
1128 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 394-7227

Scandinavia (Sweeden, Norway, Denmark) - Olson's Delicatessen - Los Angeles
5660 W. Pico Blvd., (323) 938-0742

Ukraine - Ukraina Deli - Santa Monica
1207 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 393-2399

Turkey - A & S Market - Los Angeles
10867 W. Venice Blvd., (310) 838-3771

Russia - Traktir Deli/Market (d) - West Hollywood
Next Door to Traktir Rest. (323) 654-3030 8151 Santa Monica Blvd.

There are obviously more than one for some of the above (i.e. Germany, but I picked Alpine Village as they had the best web presence I could find).

(a) Aroma cafe - small selection.
(b) Otto's - Large selection, at least orderable, from several Euros.
(c) J & T - Best known, by me anyway, for their homemade sausages in the style from around Poland and maybe Czech, Belarus, Romainia as well. Should have called first, but forgot.
(d) Traktir - Since that's the best Russian restaurant in town, hopefully the same owner will stock the best Russian foods in town?

Other Places of Interest
Spices - Penzey's - Torrance

For a Pictured Spice report:

European Glatt Kosher Sausages - Jeff's Gourmet - W.L.A./L.Aish

Healthy Food Market Importing from Europe (& everywhere) - Erewhon Market - Los Angeles

Persian/Mid-East - Jordan Market - Westwood
1449 Westwood Blvd., (310) 478-1706
Not Eurpoean so I'm fugging, but where else are you going to buy Filet Mignon for $7.99 a pound on the Westside?

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  1. Rasputin Market in Encino has a good selection of Russian and eastern European food items, and they are priced quite fairly. Also good bakery and some meat, fish and poultry items.
    Monsieur Marcel in the Farmer's Market might also be of help.