Best Source for BACON in L.A. or O.C.?
My best friend's mom (she's my second Mom, really) is sick. She needs to gain weight to fight off any infections, but she's having a tough time keeping stuff down. She's a Southern girl. I can handle biscuits, but I need a place to buy great, real, old-fashioned bacon. Any help you can give will help the sweetest woman I've ever known. Thanks!
I would try or at least call Celestino's Meat Market in Costa Mesa. It is a great real deal butcher on 17th Street. Right across the way is Promelis Market that also has an excellent hight quality meat dept.
Jons Market has Bobak's Bacon from Mid-West/Chicago. Surfas has Neuske's Bacon. Neuske's is really good, especially the Applewood. Baily's Applewood Bacon is really good also, not sure who carries that one.
Surfas Restaurant & Supply
8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Jons Marketplace No 11
1601 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5315 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
I've found top-quality Virginia bacon at Bristol Farms but don't know if they carry it all the time. It's usually in a case with the Smithfield Hams near the butcher counter.
If your best-friend's mother really loves biscuits, you might consider getting the outstanding soft-wheat biscuit flour from White Lily, alas, no longer available in California except through mail-order. See: http://onlinestore.smucker.com
Good luck to your second Mom!
Neuske's is top-notch bacon, and seems to be widely available these days (it's on a lot of restaurant menus). I'm pretty sure Trader Joe's carries it.
As a ridiculous alternative, Zingerman's Deli runs a massive web-order business (http://www.zingermans.com/) that features, among other things, bacon that sounds amazing from places like Kentucky. Their prices make Whole Foods a bargain, but a lot of the producers they list have their own sites you can order from at substantial savings. Still not cheap, but I'm sure it's authentic and appetizing. That site might actually have other "down-home" foods that would appeal to her, too.
It's not Southern bacon, but the European Sausage Factory in a little industrial park on the south side of Saticoy just west of Coldwater carries 3 or 4 types of homemade bacon that are quite good. I have also mail ordered very smoky bacon from bentonhams.com, but I prefer the European Sausage Factory's product.
Grateful Palate, hands DOWN. heck, you can buy one of a mind boggling varieties and have it shipped to you. They are located in Oxnard. YUM! Old fashioned, hickory, sweet maple, spicy, more and more types!
also, think about getting mama a sweet potato pie from somewhere good.