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LA Trader Joes locations - out of anchovies, anywhere else?

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i used to love the anchovies that TJ's would carry. over the past few months all locations I have been to (WeHo, Los Feliz/Silverlake, Miracle Mile, Culver City, Toluca Lake, Westchester) have been plum OUT. inquiries to the folks at the front are met with TBD in regards to when these come back. they were relatively cheap and had little or any bones - all of which made for great ceasar salads and were good with kids (no bones). any other grocery stores you would recommend in LA that would carry similar anchovies. i went to mayfair on franklin ave out of desperation and was robbed for what proved to be sub-par anchovies. your help is appreciated.

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  1. Hey, that's funny.....they're out of anchovies at the AZ locations, too!

    1. Check out Italian deli-markets for both olive oil-packed anchovy fillets in jars or tins of whole salt-packed anchovies that are far superior to the TJ product! I got some the other day at a place not too far from work in Canoga Park but that might be too far for you.

      1. whole foods, in the deli dept or in jars near the pastas

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        1. re: lesleyb

          Whole Foods, yes, along with Gelson's and Bristol Farms.

        2. Since you mention Toluca Lake then you could try:

          Monte Carlo Deli
          3103 W Magnolia Blvd
          Burbank, CA 91505
          (818) 845-3516

          1. Ya know, I have notice in the last few months the Santa Monica (pico) location has only had them inconsistently......so I started buying quite a few when they did have them in stock. Unfortunately, I used the last ones yesterday. You could call & see if they have them in stock now?

            1. Cost Plus World Markets, and all of the various ethnic markets (particularly Italian and Armenian) have superior anchovies to Trader Joe's. The Ortiz anchovies are probably about the best there are, but at $11 for a little bottle even at Cost Plus, they are too dear for my blood. Recco anchovies are also quite good and run about $3-$4 per little bottle. There are other fine makes, of course, but those are the brands I like to eat as a snack with fino sherry and marcona almonds. Recco filets do have little bones, which you may not like. Ortiz flat-pack seem to have fewer.

              1. I get mine at Ikea or Olsen's Deli in LA. These are either in glass jars or tinned.

                1. For ~$1, you can find similar anchovies at Ralph's under the Private Selection label located near the tuna cans.