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I'm sure it's been asked before, but the search function has failed me. I cannot figure out how to force it to search just for "appetizing" without also bringing up "appetizer" which just absolutely kills the signal-to-noise ratio.

I want to give a bagel brunch like I grew up with after an upcoming morning event.

Is there an appetizing store in OC/LA? Besides Barney Greengrass, where the prices are so high that it would be cheaper to have things overnighted from Russ & Daughters?

(For those who don't know what an appetizing store is, it's where you get all the stuff you need for a bagel brunch besides the bagels -- cream cheese, "salads" (egg, tuna, eggplant, etc.), smoked fish, olives, pickled herring, cheese, halvah, glace fruits, caviar, etc.)

I can certainly chase around finding all of these things in different stores -- but if there were an appetizing store I would choose that instead.

If not, it's OK -- but a one-stop shop would be nice.

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  1. there was a homarus store. does elite market on pico carry most of these things? It's not a true ny "appetizing" store...
    also, i think there are dairy restaurants that have good to go sections. suggestion: post on the kosher board (and get the sturgeon somewhere else).

    1. I guess I've been too sheltered. I grew up in New York but have never heard of an "Appetizing Store". Wouldn't some of the older, larger delis (Canter's, Nate & Al) have most of the things you'd need?

      1. Maybe a Noah's NY bagels?

        Probably a few places like that in West Hollywood or North Hollywood

        1. How about a place like Whole Foods or Bristol Farms?

          Or maybe a 99 Cents Only Store? Depending on their given selection at any one time, you'd probably be able to find most of the items on your list save the caviar. I've even seen individual sized package of smoked salmon in their refrigerated section a few years back.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Gelson's has all that stuff, and it's one of my favorite service delis, if you're gonna go the market route.

          2. as someone how grow up with having appetizing every sunday, i think you should give the packaged smoked fish at whole foods a try. of course russ and daughters is my favorite but in desperation i bought sable and salmon at whole foods with excellent results. maybe do a test run to see if you like the stuff.

            1. Thanks! I didn't think about Whole Foods -- I'm not sure there's ANYTHING you can't buy at the Tustin Whole Foods. I don't care if it's kosher (I'm not Jewish), I just want the brunch I had as a kid. :)

              To Midlife -- the delis would certainly have it but the only deli I can think of in OC is the Katella Deli.

              On my way home from Cream Pan I noticed the "OC Kosher Market" tucked away in the back corner of the parking lot. It's Shabbat, so obviously it was closed, but I may take a gander tomorrow or Monday.

              Diana -- I didn't think about WeHo! Some of the Russian places could help with caviar and things of that nature. I have to say that I do not like what appetizing I have had from Noah's. Their bagels are puffy breakfast bagels too, but the appetizing is just OK.

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                the kosher market next to cream pan, really doesn't have appetizing stuff.

                when you mentioned Appetizing, immdediately i thought of Russ and Daugthers.

                alas, there is no store in LA to my knowledge that would dole out the same stuff.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Das, why don't you make your list and ask the manager at Katella Deli if they could put together an order for you for pick up - they might be able to get all the stuff more easily than you could. Just because they don't carry something all the time doesn't mean they can't get it or wouldn't get it for you. At least ask and give them the chance. If might even be a new thing for them - they do catering after all. Just a thought, and anything that saves gas is worth thinking about! After all, their suppliers or buyers are going to deliver anyway - let them do the driving!

                  1. re: Joani Macaroni

                    I know you can get some of these things at Benjie's.

                2. The exact idea of appetizing doesn't have a physical equivalent here - Zabar's is a thing in and of itself - but many of the larger delis, including Junior's, Nate n' Al's and Brent's, have everything you might expect in an appetizing shop.

                  1. Factor's Famous Deli does catering and has quite a selection. I bet they would put together a nice spread for you.

                    Factor's Famous Deli
                    9420 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

                    1. I know exactly what you mean, Das U.
                      My great aunt always called it an appetizing store, too.
                      I was in NYC last week. Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam had East Coast Novi for $9 a quarter and West Coast (not farm raised) for $14.50.
                      I got the West Coast Novie and it was fabulous. I brought a bagel with lox and c cheese to the wife here in LA and she ate right away, at 11 pm.