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Aug 6, 2001 02:16 PM

Hot Sauce Shop?

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Anybody know of a store specializing in hot sauces, salsas, and the like in the LA area?

I have a friend visiting from Australia who cannot get enough of this stuff - on his last visit to the US, he went home with over 20 different bottles of sauces.

A web search came up with "Smith and Smith" in Ventura, but the phone is disconnected, and the links surprisingly (or perhaps not so surprisingly) go off to a porn site that spawns mutiple windows of their version of "hot." I'm guessing this store is no longer around, anybody know?

Thanks bunches!

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  1. I don't know the name, but it's in the Farmer's Market in Fairfax.

    1. There's one in the middle of the Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax called Light My Fire. It's a small store with hundreds of bottled hot sauces lined up along the walls ranked according to spiciness. An added bonus is that the Farmer's Market is a fun place to take out-of-towners for lunch too.

      There's a link to their online store from the Farmer's Market website, which I added below.

      Anyone know of places to get fresh, spicy salsa...?


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      1. re: Jennifer W.

        I had fun brousing that site. My son likes REALLY hot spices/sauces. It will be fun to surprise him with some of these.

        1. re: Jennifer W.

          That's an excellent question!

          My boyfriend and I are total salsahounds (could live off of the stuff) and I would be interested in learning of some Chowhounds' favorites.

          As far as getting tubs o' the fresh stuff, like from a store, I don't really know... I haven't found anything fantastic in that category, though it has been a while since I've checked Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, and the like.

          I tend to think the best bet is to purchase from a restaurant. I am actually quite fond of the hotter salsas at Baja Fresh. (Yes, even though they are a chain.) I think you can get an 8oz. side of salsa for about $1.50.

          Also, I'd expect there are many tiny hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants that make some really killer salsas. Any recommendations?

          If you are in West LA, you might check out Adobe's Mexican Grill (8647 S Sepulveda Blvd, Phone:   (310) 337-0432). Unfortunately, I don't really recommend the food, but they do have a salsa bar with an impressive array of salsas.

          1. re: chey
            lonesome hobo

            Hi. Two places I would recommend. In the valley, in Northridge, Dos Arbolitos restaurant. Woodley and Nordhoff (about 1 minute west of the 405 take Nordhoff Street exit). This restaurant makes one of the best salsas I've ever had, very deep, very profound. In fact one time a couple of years ago (maybe 5) I took a bunch of this salsa to go to a foodie friends party in West LA, and one of the top food writer couples around (mentioned very frequently at this site) was there and liked it so much he has since reviewed Dos Arbolitos a couple of times. The place by the way makes a couple of dishes that are somewhat unique takes on regional cuisine as well...the chicken stewed with capers and many other things seems to be a big favorite as is their Albondigas (I'm vegetarian so this part is just hearsay from friends). Anyway, the other tip, on Brooklyn ave not far from downtown are some Mexican bakeries, deli's etc. that make and sell their own salsa from rather large vats (look like old wash tubs last time I was down there), with heat ranging from mild to extreme; needless to say they're all pretty good and you can tailor your choice to your own internal thermometer.

            1. re: lonesome hobo

              I know it sounds odd, but Smart and Final has a huge turnover and their salsa is always fresh. The medium hot and the mild are excellent. Of course, individual tastes may differ.

        2. Try the Farmers Market at third and Fairfax . There is a stand there with nothing but hot sauces . Happy hunting .

          1. There's also one in Shoreline Village in Long Beach.

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