How's Market Open in North Hollywood!
Per the website, it opened 5/16/07. Located at 5300 Lankershim, 1 block north of Magnolia. 24 hours. Yay for the carnivores.
I don't know, the meat counter? I love grocery stores and I've never shopped at How's. I'll just see what it's like and maybe buy something to cook for tomorrow night's dinner if anything is really enticing. We're having dinner at Jar on Saturday so I probably won't get red meat which I guess is a How's specialty. But if it's nice enough, it's close enough to go into my regular rotation.
Ok, just back from a run-through of How's. Parking was easy enough even though I usually don't like to park in a structure to do grocery shopping. Interesting store. I noted a few things:
First - there's a gelato bar featuring 20 varieties of Ciao Bella gelatos and sorbets in tubs to be scooped. Some of these were malted milk ball gelato, rose sorbet, white pistachio gelato, green tea gelato, peach gelato, guava sorbet, blackberry-Cabernet sorbet, grapefruit-Campari sorbet. Didn't note prices, sorry.
The salad bar and olive bars do not have nearly the variety as Gelsons (Van Nuys Blvd. Gelsons is my comparison). There's a small serve-yourself hot food bar with some pastas and meats, burritos or enchiladas. Salads in the deli case look so-so. There are pre-made as well as made-to-order sandwiches, and pizzas.
In the refrigerated section there are jars of Kreuegermann red cabbage w/apples, sauerkraut, fresh pack pickles and gourmet pickles. These are local, right? Never seen them in a grocery store.
In the pre-packed meats section there are Picadilly brand bangers 5 (1 lb.) for $3.29. There are various Lido brand "naturally and minimally processed" lamb and veal products.
There's prime beef in the meat counter and pre-packed area. There's also choice bone-in ribeye for $5.99/lb and tri-tip for $6.99/lb.
I was disappointed by the sausage selection in the meat counter - there were only 3 kinds, hot Italian, mild Italian and hot turkey Italian. I thought maybe they would make more sausages like Whole Foods does.
There's also a short-order grill and a Peet's. The grill, called B-Man's Grill, has various burgers such as a single burger ($1.89), single cheeseburger ($2.19) and ranging upward for double burgers, etc. There are various teriyaki bowls and plates. Personally I'm not so much into eating at a grill inside a grocery store but others might be.
They also have lots of fried chicken such as 8 pieces for $5.99 (2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings), and party packs with other stuff included.
We thought the produce section was kind of small and not that great. OTOH they had some sodas that my husband likes that Gelsons doesn't always have, such as Stewards diet orange.
I don't think I would shop there for my everyday grocery shopping but I would definitely go there when looking for some higher quality meats as well as some more obscure products.
Even though it has a Lankershim address its not on Lankershim really. It's behind another building and very hard to see any signs from Lankershim. We drove around for awhile before happening upon it. Very nice store, completely empty. The sale paper got me there but didn't realize I had to wait till the next day for those sale items. Oh well.
We went this morning to look around. It probably won't be our regular market stop since it's a tad pricey, but as an occasional stop for special items, certainly. We picked up some of the SW Chicken Empanadas from the deli/prepared food counter, and they were quite good, as was the three bean salad we got to go with it. Also picked up makings for my version of chile verde (pork stew meat, pasilla chili peppers, tomatillos, and onions) and the meats look top notch, although on my current budget I'll be staying away from the $20/lb high-end cuts.
It's one of the few markets in the area (Stater Brothers being the only other) that carries Bosco chocolate syrup. I always preferred Bosco to Hershey's.