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waxfondler Jan 10, 2008 03:17 PM

I've been looking all over LA for the diet cola TAB. Haven't had any luck finding it. Anyone have any suggestions.. thanks

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    apple7blue Aug 21, 2010 01:39 AM

    People have mentioned numerous places that I have seen it at recently. I'll add the Pavillions West Hollywood. I think its like one of the only 24 hour supermarkets still open in Los Angeles. Diet cola is generally nasty. Just providing a different view from all the praising. Also Tab changed its formula so its different from when I was a kid.

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      mc michael Aug 22, 2010 07:27 AM

      IMHO, Tab tastes awful and--change or no change--always has.

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        bliebman2 Aug 22, 2010 07:34 AM

        I have been a TAB [totally artificial beverage] fan since the 1960s. It's still the nutmeg taste that has me hooked. I'm on Long Island in NY, but seek out the product wherever I travel in the USA. Outside the US, TAB is not always a cola product.

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          mc michael Aug 22, 2010 08:14 AM

          Interesting. I was not aware of uncola TAB. I'll confess: I don't get the appeal of TAB, yet people I have known that like it do seem to obsess on it. Why? Nutmeg? There are so many other tasty cola or cola-like products. If you want a diet drink, surely Diet Dr. Pepper is superior? Is it the outre aspect, the rarity, the pop art packaging? I just don't get it.

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            calabasas_trafalgar Aug 22, 2010 12:19 PM

            since TAB was such a pioneer, the first diet soda, it's not surprising that it was an experiment gone wrong in that it didn't taste at all familiar. That may be it's appeal to some. But not to me.

    2. orythedog Aug 19, 2010 10:29 AM

      If you want to have it at a restaurant/bar, they have it at Laurel Tavern in Studio City.

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      Laurel Tavern
      11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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        theprovinces Aug 19, 2010 04:55 AM

        In Culver City:

        The Smart and Final on Venice Blvd. (between Overland and La Cienega)
        The Von's Pavillion on Jefferson Blvd. (between Overland and Sepulveda)
        The Ralphs on Overland (between Jefferson and Playa)
        And:
        Gelson's in Marina del Rey
        Gelson's in Century City

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          borkborkbork May 24, 2008 01:07 PM

          gelson's encino (they have the REAL tab, not the souped up Red Bull clone Coca Cola tried to introduce under the hallowed tab name).

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            Francesca May 24, 2008 11:48 AM

            Try Gelsons Century City...

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              poohgirl71 May 22, 2008 06:00 PM

              The Dr. Soda Company, 13291 Paxton Street, Pacoima, CA. 91331
              http://store.drsoda.com/index.html
              You can go to this store or buy it online from this website they have free delivery to LA & Orange County CA, I know I live in Virginia and I order it from the formy grandmother who absolutely loves TaB and she lives in Massachusetts and they don't make or sell it over here anymore, anymore questions about TaB email me directly at littlegirl61005@aol.com and put TaB in the subject line, hope this helps you out!!!

              1. enbell Jan 23, 2008 02:52 PM

                I've always wondered - what does Tab taste like?

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                  Oh Robin May 24, 2008 11:47 AM

                  Every Ralphs I go to carries it. (I'm in LBC) Tab is great, kind of like Coke Zero in a way, (real cola taste) with the slight sweet taste of Pepsi. Plus the can is pink... FABULOUS!

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                    calabasas_trafalgar Aug 21, 2010 01:25 PM

                    Coke mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid

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                      enbell Aug 21, 2010 06:51 PM

                      I was tempted by Robin, now...I have my doubts! Thanks for the additional perspective :)

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                        Peripatetic Aug 21, 2010 11:48 PM

                        I was a Tab devotee when it was sweetened with 100% saccharin. It was sort of an acquired taste, like mastiha or lapsang souchong tea. Then they went to a saccharine/aspartame blend and it's never been the same.

                    2. wyatt3290 Jan 23, 2008 02:45 PM

                      Gelson's in West Hollywood has it.

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                        moochia Jan 12, 2008 07:44 AM

                        Certain Ralphs stores in the Valley usually carry it, but your best bet is Smart and Final. The North Hollywood location usually has stacks of it. Leave some for me, though.

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                          BShoemaker Jan 21, 2008 09:41 PM

                          I've seen it at Pavilions in Lakewood numerous times.

                        2. omotosando Jan 11, 2008 05:51 PM

                          They always have it at Gelsons in Century City.

                          1. johnnyshungry Jan 11, 2008 09:18 AM

                            They carry it at Vons Hollywood and Gelsons in silverlake.

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                              chowmominLA Jan 10, 2008 05:47 PM

                              I am the Tab pusher whenever my Tab-addict friend visits LA. The Ralph's on Sepulveda and Manchester near LAX carries it (they have it now, actually) and I stop there on my way to pick her up from LAX.

                              Or you could order it online: http://store.drsoda.com/tab.html

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                                Nicole Jan 11, 2008 02:17 PM

                                I got at at Ralph's in either Manhattan or Hermosa beach. Maybe just call a few Ralph's stores near you and see which ones have it?

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                                  Emme May 23, 2008 03:45 PM

                                  Ralph's on Wilshire at Bundy, as well as Olympic/Cloverfield

                              2. digkv Jan 10, 2008 04:11 PM

                                Beverages and More (BevMo) should have it. They have everything there: Mexican coke, Moxie, Tab, Cheerwine except they don't have Latin sodas like Malta which is my favorite.

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                                  fourunder Jan 10, 2008 03:49 PM

                                  Just go to a local store that sell Coca-Cola, smaller shops may be more accommodating, and have them order it for you. Unless the CC Bottler in your area doesn't make it, it should be available.....you may have to buy in case quantities........bear in mind, it may have a shelf life of 45 days only.

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                                    So Ho La Jan 10, 2008 03:43 PM

                                    Galco's on York Blvd., 90041 - likely.

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