Best Speciality Food Shops in LA
I've been to Surfas in Culver City and Mr Marceau's at the Grove, but don't see a lot of others shops/markets like this in Los Angeles. I love Trader Joe's and Whole Foods too, but where do Angelinos go to get really obscure and/or high end food stuff or quality ingredients.
Alpine Village deli/market, in Torrance. GREAT bakery, and even better deli. Best house-made sausages anywhere in LA. Of course, all German. Lots of imported German booze. What else does one need??
Penzy's spices, that place near Venice, the Continental shop (For Brit Stuff), Mitsuwa for Asian stuff, or 99 Ranch market, Vendome, Du Vin or Mel and rose, The Little Next Door, Epicure Imports (when they are open to the public) Gelson's, Wally's Wine, The Home Beer Wine and Cheesemanking store (for beer, wine and cheese ingredients-or stuff to do interesting recipes) Tashkent Market for Uzbek food/ingredients and so on, Hte Italian Middle Eastern shop for all sorts of stuff, the Santa Monica farmer's market (wed or Sat) the Epicurian Palate for great bacon (mail order or online), Galco for sodas and beer, Santa Monica Seafood for Fish...
Other than Surfas, we don't have a Zabar's-equivalent in LA.
That said, Dean & DeLuca are opening at Fashion Island in Newport Beach this summer.
Fish King for fish
Mitsuwa or Marukai for Japanese
99 Ranch or Hawaii Supermarket for Chinese
Bangkok or Bangluck for Thai
India Sweets & Spices for Indian
Claro's for Italian
Phu Ky for Vietnamese
Vallarta or Don Juan for Mexican
Jons Marketplace for the cheapest Russian and Armenian stuff
Gastronom for caviar
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills or Artisan Cheese Gallery for cheese