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Best .99 store for various foods?

If you need a last minute dash of rosemary, you can pay $4 at Ralphs or you can get the same thing for .99 at you know where. I was wondering if there's an exceptional .99 for this and other foodstuffs. There seems to be some variation at the name .99 cent places, plus the tons of knock-offs of course.

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  1. Believe it or not, some of them sell wine - overstock wine. Just read the year, but some of the Australian wines I've bought have been a-ok. I like the Lincoln location.

    .99 store is not a secret in the chef world... my chef friend drives to the location in Culver City.

    1. I live very close to the Culver City location and frequent it often.

      I always stop at the Lincoln Bl location if near it and find many items that aren't offered in Culver City.

      Remember the long 4 X 15 inch flat, multi-colored taffee of years gone by?

      Lincoln Bl has it!

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      1. re: mar52

        I just opened their Best Foods "Mayonesa", made with lime juice and lemon juice from Canada and it was rancid. Not sure when I purchased it, probably about 3 months ago, but it had a "use by" date of October 2006. Had an experience this week with potato chips from Canada that were rancid but don't know where they were purchased. Also Canadian is that Ana Maria spaghetti sauce from 99¢ store-awful
        it's thickened with modified food starch. Look at the contents of Hunt's and you won't find that ingredient. Starch was used to extend the sauce and it tasted terrible. I'm not buying 99¢ store garlic any more--from China and it's old.

      2. IME there is no 'best' 99 Cent store. Their food 'strength' is the overages purchased from producers as opposed to products tailored for their store. You should check several stores and check them twice a week to catch small batches that fly out.
        My favorites:
        Bread - San Luis Sourdough and other Sara Lee clones of it appear occasionally.
        Mayo - a couple of weeks ago quarts of Best Foods/Hellmans showed up in various varieties (Lite, Canola, Reduced Fat); most were gone in a day or three.
        Frozen pierogies - the Cheemo brand from Canada
        Canned beans - just basic, no wierd spices or sauces
        Wine - best selection happens in spring/summer when wineries sell off slow movers to regain storage for the fall harvest. I suspect that fall/winter is better for wine buys from southern hemisphere producers.
        Mustard - Morehouse is usually there. Grey Poupon shows up periodically.
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        As an old cop show often said, Just be careful out there...

        1. Which stores sell the wine? I'm in the west SFV and the stores near here don't. I'm curious to try some for grins.

          I get Rye Krisp at the one on DeSoto/Sherman Way. I was shocked to see my local Gelson's selling Rye Krisp for about $3.50.

          1. Two of the three stores nearest me (13023 and 14901 Hawthorne Blvd) sell wine. The other (11800 block) is in the lowest income neighborhood and may run out quickest :-).
            BTW today I stopped by the 13000 block one and could hardly stop laughing - they are selling an undated, French made wine named OLD FART WHITE! I picked up a bottle and tried it - fairly typical for $1 - not complex but clean finish. Excerpt from the label: 'There really is no substitute for tradition and experience, just ask any OLD FART' ... 'Be bold, go for the old'. ROFL! Brings me back ~35 years to when my dad printed humorous labels like this for some customers.
            I'll be saving This label.