Good Supermarkets on the Westside?
I am looking for any good (preferably ethnic) supermarkets on the Westside which offer a wide selection of high quality produce at cheap prices. If there aren't any on the Westside (no suprise) then I will be satisfied with what ever is closest (Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown etc.). I am getting real sick of shopping at grocery stores like Ralph's and Vons so I appreciate any help I can get. I also prefer if the supermarkets are clean and have good service.
There used to be a Japanese market (yaohan?) on Centinella and Venice and several good, and inexpensive Persian markets also on Venice on that same strip. Great Korean market on 2740 W Olympic called Han Nam - it's huge, has great produce like fresh (and inexpensive) Mizuna and other exotic greens I've never seen in other markets.
Yaohan is now Mitsuwa. Nothing about it has changed. A lot of good sushi fixins and expensive meat for shabu shabu, etc.
In terms of great produce (which I believe you mentioned), I think a lot of people would recommend that you check out the huge organic Santa Monica Farmers market on Saturday mornings. It's on 2nd and Arizona and it starts at 8am.
The following link points out other FM's around Los Angeles, but the one by the Promenade is the largest, I believe.
I have heard good things about Elat Market (Pico near Robertson), I think it's Israeli, but never been there.
There's a great produce market called Marina Market, or something like that, on Centinela near Jefferson (in the general vicinity of the Marina). They have a big selection of delicious produce and the prices (in the past) have been even cheaper than the farmer's markets!