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Moving to Hollywood Sunday - Where will I shop?

Hello hounds!

The husband and I are moving to Hollywood this weekend and, while I'm really excited about it, am already missing my favorite groceries. I do most all of my shopping at A Chau, a Viet store, and Altayebat, a Middle-Eastern market and halal butcher and am traumatized by the thought of having to go through the hit and miss of new places to find that elusive combo of great ingredients and great prices. So, I thought I'd see where you'd recommend, knowing it will take the terror out of the process.

We'll be just off Hollywood Blvd., almost smack dab on top of Musso & Frank's, and I'd love some places within reasonable walking distance (for us anything around a mile-ish or two one-way) but don't mind a bit of a drive for a great place. I've read some recs for the Thai markets in the area and would love more info about which to try 1st. Our main client is near Little Tokyo, so we'll probably give A1 a go too, along with the LA Mitsuwa. Of course, we will also be looking forward to the farmer's market every Sunday, but would love to have some other options, especially for Middle-Eastern ingredients without having to make a big journey out of it.

Where are the great places to find some good stuff?
Thanks for the help!
-soon to be mangetoutLA

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  1. The LA Mitsuwa is good for Japanese produce. There's also Marukai on 2nd and San Pedro in Weller Court, but it's much smaller.
    There is a flagship Whole Foods opening at Sunset and Vine which looks promising.

    1. Jon's Market at Hollywood and Vermont or at 5311 Santa Monica Blvd. should serve all your Middle Eastern needs. There are several smaller Middle Eastern pastry shops, butchers, etc. in the area as well.
      At the Thai Plaza on Hollywood just east of Western is Silom Supermarket, the largest of the Thai markets. A bit further east, Bangluck Market is much smaller but also good.
      As far as a regular supermarket, you will probably have to go Pavilion's on Melrose & Vine or rock n' roll Ralph's on Sunset.
      None of these are really walking distance (welcome to L.A.!), but you're lucky that you will be able to walk to the the Sunday Farmer's Market.
      Not really in Hollywood, but if you're ever taking Sunset all the way downtown, you'll pass a Vietnamese market in Echo Park, A Grocery Warehouse.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Awesome, thanks! It's such a relief to know that Middle-Eastern groceries are closer than we thought. We pass by A Grocery Warehouse on our way to & fro and can't wait to check it out, along with the Thai markets. Even for a bit of driving (bah!), it's such a fun adventure finding new places we're too excited to bemoan using a little gas! Thanks again!

      2. For everyday things, Fresh and easy on Hollywood and Sycmore in the shopping center with the gym (forgot which one). Jon's on La Brea and Fountain is great for all things Middle Eastern. Thai town is a few miles away on Hollywood and Western. So many little markets like Bangluck on Hollywood Blvd. Little Armenia is just a few blocks away, also on Sunset and Western (?) It's close to the Home Depot on Sunset. I think your closest TJ is on La Brea and 3rd. I don't think you'll be walking to any of these places but it's worth the drive.

        1. Fresh & Easy on Hollywood Blvd is less than 1/2 mile (so within 1 mile R/T). Good combination of prices and quality, although no alcohol license at this location.

          Be sure to try the "Good Life" naans and pitas. Also the humus is pretty good. Excellent quality on the meats and fish.

          Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
          7021 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1. I'll second the rec for Jon's Market for Middle Eastern stuff. I go there regularly for basturma, touma cheese, wines, etc.

            As for a regular market I always favored Mayfair on Franklin and Bronson. It was never too crowded, good service, deli. Prices are a little higher than Ralph's but it was worth it.

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            1. re: love2eat

              Totally agree about Mayfair vs. Ralphs.

              "Thai Town" intersects "Little Armenia" west of Western.

              So in addition to the Thai Silom and Bangluck mentioned by Chowpatty, there are some great little boutique Armenian places in the area.

              There are two on Sunset in the same center as the 99 cent store. They are both quite good.

              There is also one on Hollywood about 1 block east of the 101, on the south side of the street. This one usually has a nice variety of meats, olives, cheeses, etc.

              Also, there is Shirak market on Hollywood and Harvard, which has a nice meat case and many Armenian treats.

              1. re: lil mikey

                Ooooo great recs and so very close! Thanks! We'll definitely be checking them out.

            2. Definately hit Fresh and Easy. You often get coupons in the mail for $5 off if you spend $20. I've not paid full price for that store yet.

              There's also a small ethnic market in the strip mall on Cahuenga and Yucca. It's called Yucca Market. Cheap veges and fresh herbs. They have a butcher too, though I've never bought their fresh meat. They have great "French-like" rolls that are 5 for a dollar. Can't beat that price. Good stuff.

              Shilom Market is great for Thai snacks and rice too. Like the previous poster said. On Hollywood near Western.

              I find the Sunday farmers' market much more expensive than others around town. I hit 2 farmers markets downtown during the week and I find the downtown markets food is much more fresh and better priced.

              Be sure to check out Lucky Devils. Alas, that's probably a different post. Enjoy and welcome to the neighborhood.

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              1. re: designjb

                Yippee! Fresh veggies, a butcher, and such a few blocks away totally rocks! I'm so digging our new neighborhood already.


              2. Jons at La Brea and Fountain is best choice for middle eastern. Plus, they have a most excellent deli section. Strongly disagree as to whether Jons is "walking distance"---I lived at Orange and Fountain for years and used to walk to the Sunday market at Vine and sunset all the time. Sunday farmers market is my favorite---went there every Sunday since the day it opened.
                Silom and bangkok are both great for Thai stuff and you should be able to catch a quick shuttle bus down Hollywood blvd to reach them. On weekends, they used to have vendors selling thai treats to go.
                Don't know aobut Fresh whatever but the California Market on Western is good for things asian especially green things and anything else Korean and japanese.

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                1. re: jenn

                  There's a new CAlifornia market on Beverly and Kingsley that is closer to Hollywood. Nicer too and nice low prices on fresh produce.

                  1. re: choctastic

                    Curiously enough, thats actually not a new California Market---its just been upgraded. Previously, that California market had more Latino produce while the other had more in the way of Asian stuff.

                    1. re: jenn

                      Oh thanks for the info! I'm fairly new to the area too and it said Grand Opening not too long ago. I like this market a lot though the bulgogi in the deli case (raw to be cooked at home) is terrible.

                      1. re: choctastic

                        Never tried their prepared bulgogi but did like a large number of the selection of panchan at the Western location. Also liked all the sample ladies on weekends---much fun for my 'pups who eat anything and used to make the sample ladies giggle by eatting all sorts of seaweed and fish and stuff.

                        sounds like the new location is really more Korean than Latin. Another interesting expansion of k-town?

                  2. re: jenn

                    Thanks Jenn. We'll probably give the walk a go before giving in to the drive and see how it works for us. We're way into walking as much as possible.

                    California market sounds good. We'll definitely give it a go too.

                    1. re: mangetoutoc

                      if you are interested in combining walking with public transportation, check out the schedules for the DASH system. There is a DASH that goes between much of K-town and Hollywood. The hours can be a bit wierd but if you don't mind walking part of the way, it can be a good alternative.

                      1. re: jenn

                        Great idea, thanks! Fortunately, we're indie web designers so wierd hours kinda work for us. That sounds like a fabulous solution.

                  3. What about retail seafood? I just moved to this area too.

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                    1. re: FatMess

                      I get mine from Tusquellas Seafood in the Farmer's Market. (3rd and Fairfax)

                    2. I will second Jon's at La Brea/Fountain.

                      The Ralph's across the street is OK, but I prefer the riff-raff at Rock 'n Roll Ralph's.

                      Trader Joe's (7304 Santa Monica Blvd.)

                      Whole Foods at Santa Monica/Fairfax.

                      Canter's bakery on Fairfax/N. of Beverly.

                      The Sunday Farmer's Market is good for food and people watching. Don't pass up the Belzian bread stall. He is a scientist when it comes to baking. The Korean joint makes a mean seafood pancake.

                      Arax Bakery
                      4871 Santa Monica Blvd
                      They make a small Armenian pizza-like concoction called lamajune (see photo). Buy 'em by the dozen and heat in oven for a few minutes before serving.

                      C & K Importing
                      2771 W Pico Blvd
                      Not exactly walkable from Hollywood, but they sell fantastic Greek food: Feta cheese, olives, pita, Tzatziki, Taramosalada, Galataboureko, Retsina, etc. They have a fine butcher counter, too. One side of the place has a small kitchen that serves up quick souvlaki plates, etc. The other side is a sit down that is supposed to have pretty decent dinners.

                      Welcome to the neighborhood...

                      1. If you are driving downtown, stop at Super King on San Fernando east of Fletcher. IT is armenian owned and they have beautiful fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. Big selection of meats and marinated ones too.

                        1. I'll triple the Fresh and Easy plug. Great values, great products... they are going to blow TJ's out of the water. I think they already are!

                          1. Hey, thanks everyone for all the great recs!

                            We've been frequenting the Jons markets @ Hwd & Vermont and La Brea & Fountain ... I am absolutely thrilled at the selection in the delis (Hungarian Bacon ... HOORAY!), the fantastic breads, and ... well ... everything! Great, cheap veggies, all the odd meats and innards we crave, and a pretty good general grocery stock.

                            We've FINALLY had a chance to visit A Grocery Warehouse and TOTALLY LOVE IT! Their seafood and meat counters are quite comprehansive and everything looked and smelled pretty fresh too. And, really, how can you go wrong with a great selection of produce, Asian ingredients, and most else of what you need in a standard shopping trip at such great prices?

                            Oh, and the Trader Joe's is better than our old one in HB, too, at least more room to park and get around the store.

                            I think we'll be getting to the Thai markets this week and, if the trend holds, I suspect we'll love them just as much.

                            Thanks again to everybody for so many great suggestions! I'll post back as we get to all the places on this awesome list, with any luck, discover some of our own and give some more info to others just moving in.