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Eschbach's Meat Market is closed

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Thought the Hounds should know of the passing of this legendary little German meat market on Western in Gardena that goes back to the early 50's. They closed their doors last Saturday. The owner said the greedy landlord was putting the rent up so high that, with this tough economy, it was too costly to keep the market going, so the decision was made to close. It hurts my heart. Oh where, oh where will comparable smoked hocks be found?

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  1. At Schreiner's, though I am sad to hear about Eschbach's closing. You can get it from the source up in Glendale/Montrose, or they contract out to a vendor who sells their stuff at the Irvine FM on Saturdays.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      They also sell at the South Pas market on Thursday - 3:30-8 pm, a little closer than Irvine for many of us. The Montrose location is easy from Hollywood/Los Feliz/Silver Lake - take the 2 all the way north to Foothill, left to Ocean View, south to the end of the street, and there they are.

      1. re: Will Owen

        Faster is the 2 north to the SECOND Verdugo exit (the next exit north of Mountain), left off the exit, and left on Ocean View.

    2. Don't tell anyone, but when we went hog hunting, we used to take them to Eschbach's to be processed. They made the BEST sausage.....All kinds. You would bring them in the side door and the butcher used to let us sample different kinds of sausage in order to make our decision as to what to order

      Sniff Sniff. gettin' a little teary eyed.

      1. Just my luck.
        All these years driving by on my way to Marukai and thinking I should stop in to try their sausage and last week I drove by and saw the closed for good sign.

        1. I'm going to miss that place. Great selection of sausages and that oh so friendly Eastern European demeanor.

          1. For sometime though they have had a bad rating (C) by the inspectors. At one time last year they had closed down due to not passing the inspection.

            1. Wow I am sorry to hear this. I knew the original owner's family. They had a market at Alpine Village for a long time also. I do recommend the current Alpine village Market as a great resource for sausage in general. I don't know about smoked hocks, but when I want fresh ones that are beautiful that is my source and I am usually fighting Asian customers for the best one.

              1. I thought I was dreaming when I went by there a few weeks ago. I saw the big "For Rent or Lease" sign but I thought it may have been for the next door. Sad to say that Eschbach's been there as long as long as I can remember living in the South Bay and will be sadly missed.

                I too brought in a wild hog for them to process a while back and asked them to do a couple of hams and few dozen spicy homemade sausages with the leftover meat. Best of all, they were reasonably priced. I wish them well...