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Where can I find gourmet SPECIALTY STORES in Los Angeles and surrounding areas?

jaikovsky Mar 29, 2009 12:43 AM

Everything in Los Angeles is spread apart. Beside from stores such as Wholefoods and Gelsons, I am looking for gourmet specialty stores who SPECIALIZE in different items/products. (Examples include cheese, deli, coffee, tea, wine, fresh pasta, sausage, olive oil, cholocates, international........you get the picture...)

I hope many people can contribute to this topic!!

  1. Dommy Jun 30, 2011 12:41 PM

    So glad this thread popped up again because I have to say, in the past my disappointed by most gourmet markets until last year when Cookbook opened up. I live right by Surfas and still make the drive to Echo Park at least once a month to stock up on supplies there. They have the the most well edited selection of a variety of food items including ready to eat dishes and of course cookbooks to inspire it all.

    It's a tiny place, but Marta and the gang are SO knowledgeable about everything they carry that just one question can get get you started and before you know it, you'll have two weeks worth of dishes planned. I was SO looking forward to Le Epiciere opening because it sounded just like Cookbook...but it fell flat in MANY ways. I wasn't too upset though, as going to Cookbook has also given me a good excuse to frequent McCalls and Lindy and Grundy's on the way back...


    1. Servorg Jun 30, 2011 10:11 AM

      As long as this thread has cropped up again might as well add J & T European Gourmet Foods on Wilshire Blvd. near 11th Street for Polish food items.

      J & T European Gourmet Food
      1128 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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        jadekarrde Jun 30, 2011 12:45 AM

        Wally's Cheesbox
        Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
        Bay Cities
        Mel & Rose (Italian like Bay Cities but especially for hard to find chocolate bars/couvature chocolate)

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        1. re: jadekarrde
          sushigirlie Jul 2, 2011 08:27 PM

          I second Wally's Cheesebox.

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          mangetoutoc Jun 29, 2011 10:04 PM

          Seconded: A Grocery Warehouse (on Sunset), Bangluck Market + Silom Market (on H'wood)

          Don't think Otto's (in Burbank) has been mentioned yet. They have lots of Hungarian specialties plus great sausages and salamis. I'd also add Jon's. Their selection of international goodies and deli are quite impressive at ridiculously good prices. Besides, how can one NOT love affordable veggies and all manner of innards and funky bits in the meats?

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            sushigirlie Jun 15, 2011 08:12 PM

            Just throwing some favorite places out there:

            A Grocery Warehouse (SE Asian, Echo Park)
            Bay Cities (Italian and gourmet, Santa Monica)
            Cheese Store of Silver Lake
            Jordan Market (Middle Eastern, Westwood)
            Rawesome (Raw milk etc., Venice)
            Andrew's Cheese Shop (Santa Monica)

            Jordan Market
            1449 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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              katgrafix Jun 15, 2011 05:45 PM

              anyway, I don't really know the name, I kinda blundered in there, it's on the corner of Garvey and Kelburn in Rosemead, CA.

              The place is Viet-Nam . The food must be authentic I only see VietNamese in there, eating, it's ALWAYS FULL of people... but here is the thing: they have the ABSOLUTE, no hand's down Best tasting , FRESH, and ready baked Baguettes, this side of New Orleans. I mean FRESH BAKED, long as my arm, from the fingertip to the shoulder... and here is the best part: only $1.00. Yep! this is not the stuff you will save for tomorrow, you will eat this all in one sitting, I promise you--- one bite deserves another. these people are open from early morning till late nite, baking that French bread and it smells and tastes magnificent!

              Some places have REAL french Baguettes, but NOBODY has fresh made Baguettes that long for $1.00... NOBODY in the whole of LA county.. best kept secret... I'm letting the cat out the bag, now... and I hope I don't regret this.

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                daddyji Oct 18, 2010 09:57 PM

                Sorrento Deli on Sepulveda in Culver City is a great spot for all things Italian (frequented by Ms. DeLaurentiis and the cats from Terroni, no less). Also love Mitsuwa; Golden Farms in Burbank (Armenian/Global) and Cambridge Farms (Israeli/Global) on Burbank Ave in Studio City; The Wine House In West LA for meats and cheeses and such (and Breadworks is across the street; Of course, a visit to 'Little India" in Artesia is mandatory, with too many options for a lunch break to mention; Papa Cristo's on Pico for the Greek in you; Thai Town; Fairfax for a taste of Eritrea/Ethiopia/Red Sea; Traktir and it's cohorts along the Santa Monica Blvd/Fairfax cross for Russian. I love LA!

                Papa Cristos
                2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

                8151 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

                Wine House
                2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                2306 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                1. 1newyorkguy May 22, 2009 12:35 PM

                  Brand new La Grande Orange on Main St. in S.M. has a great gourmet shop.

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                    sky21 May 22, 2009 10:04 AM

                    The Wine House in West LA on Cotner has an extensive wine inventory and some tasty items in the gourmet food section.

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                      tdinfinity May 19, 2009 11:57 AM

                      If you are near the beach or near the valley there is a cute little gourmet food and wine shop in Topanga Canyon called Canyon Gourmet. They have pastas, chocolate, cheese and wine.

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                        Andita Apr 1, 2009 12:41 AM

                        Graffeo coffee on Beverly in Beverly Hills.

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                        1. re: Andita
                          maudies5 Jun 30, 2011 10:05 AM

                          out of business

                        2. lucygoosey Mar 31, 2009 05:32 AM

                          The Hollywood market on Sunday is giant and good too.

                          Bangkok Market

                          Sorrento Market

                          SM Seafood

                          Fish King in Glendale

                          You mentioned sausage. There's a sausage store on Olympic?

                          Whole Foods for Life on Los Feliz

                          Charlies Fixtures for good price on gear.

                          All the above mentioned places.

                          Sorrento Italian Market
                          5518 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                          Bangkok Market Retail
                          4757 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                          Santa Monica Seafood Co. - SM Retail (Wilshire)
                          1000 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

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                          1. re: lucygoosey
                            Servorg Mar 31, 2009 05:36 AM

                            West side sausage is European Deluxe in B. Hills.

                            European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen
                            9109 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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                            foodiemahoodie Mar 31, 2009 03:30 AM

                            Oh, how could I forget - Santa Monica Farmer's market on the 3rd St. Promenade and Arizona on Wednesday mornings.

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                              jaikovsky Mar 31, 2009 12:14 AM

                              I will definitely drive around and look around these stores!

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                                grubtrotters Mar 30, 2009 04:46 PM

                                I second Surfas in Culver City. I also love Cube on La Brea. There's a great cheese shop on Montana in Santa Monica called Andrew's Cheese Shop and one in Silverlake called the CheeseStore of Silverlake. The Market Gourmet in Venice has some good stuff.

                                1. Will Owen Mar 30, 2009 10:53 AM

                                  Nicole's in South Pas for European (mostly French) cheeses, charcuterie and canned/frozen stuff, plus confectioners' supplies. Claro's Italian markets, five locations - I go to the one on Huntington in Arcadia, and frequently go by the one on Valley between San Gabriel Blvd and Rosemead. Schreiner's in Montrose (north Glendale) for German meats and groceries; I love their bacon, and regularly get a pound or two in a slab for under $4/lb. There's also a little Italian deli, Roma, on North Lake at Mountain here in Pasadena, kinda tired produce but excellent salami, mortadella, cheeses and canned goods.

                                  1. tablefor1 Mar 29, 2009 11:45 PM

                                    Sun Market on Westwood is worth mentioning for herbs, produce, nuts, misc Iranian goods. Also European Deluxe Sausage Kitchen on Olympic or Jeff's on Pico in Beverly Hills for sausages. And The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills for Cheese and Charcuterie. And Le Palais de The in downtown Beverly Hills for tea. LAMILL in Silverlake for coffee and coffee brewing equipment. Olive Oil from Olio&Olive (online and at Surfas). Penzey's new spice shop in Santa Monica. Paulette for French macaroons. LAMILL or Platine for Chocolate Chip Cookies. Breadbar for bread and croissants. Farmer's Markets for everything else, including beans, sprouts, dates, mushrooms, and Lily's Organic grain-fed eggs.

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                                    1. re: tablefor1
                                      westsidegal Jun 29, 2011 10:53 PM

                                      can't describe how much i love penzey's. . .

                                      1. re: westsidegal
                                        Dommy Jun 30, 2011 12:30 PM

                                        Have you been to Spice Station. I adore Penzeys... but almost have completely turned over to Spice Station because you can buy by the oz and their collection of spices is amazing!


                                        1. re: Dommy
                                          westsidegal Jun 30, 2011 05:24 PM

                                          haven't been there. will look it up right now to see where it's located. i take all of your recommendations seriously; you have a great palate.

                                          1. re: westsidegal
                                            Dommy Jun 30, 2011 11:05 PM

                                            Sorry about that! Spice Station is located in both Silver Lake and Santa Monica.


                                            Another huge plus for spice station is they often have samples of food items made with their spices and mixes! Also great teas! :)

                                            1. re: Dommy
                                              westsidegal Jul 2, 2011 04:31 PM

                                              i plan to hit up the santa monica location as soon as my chile powder supply is exhausted.
                                              thank you so much.

                                              1. re: westsidegal
                                                Dommy Jul 2, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                They have several varieties of dried chiles (Including ghost peppers!) and chile infused salts and I believe they fresh grind! :) But what they don't have is Chili Mixes (I've talked to them about it already). For that, I continue to go to Penzey's for my Beloved Chili 9000 mix...


                                          2. re: Dommy
                                            Thi N. Jul 5, 2011 10:37 AM

                                            Trust Dommy. Dommy is correct.

                                            I used to think Penzey's was THE place, but my heart has been won over. Not only do they have weirdball stuff I've never seen before, but their just straight-up normal spices are *gorgeous* - like the best, most warm-intense-complex-glowing cumin I've ever had...

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                                        foodiemahoodie Mar 29, 2009 03:21 PM

                                        So much depends on what you're looking for. If you're looking for Italian, here's a little place in an industrial section of Santa Monica that imports a lot of italian products; cheese, wines, etc.


                                        But there are plenty of little ethnic delis around. Not sure if that's what you're looking for.

                                        1. DrBruin Mar 29, 2009 03:10 PM

                                          I'm not sure if they're still running their little gourmet shop... but, the Alcove Bakery in Los Feliz used to import some speciality products. Their address is 1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

                                          Are you compiling a book or a newspaper article?

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                                            Jet Mar 29, 2009 02:15 PM

                                            Bristol Farms' Stores have many pricey specialty products. Surfa's in L.A. has a great many specialty gourmet products. There are also other gourmet & cooking supply stores that sell both to the trade & to the general public. If you are looking for particular ethnic cuisines, you can reasonably find ample items and materials at reasonable cost at Middle-Eastern,/Israeli, Asian & other ethnic Mom & Pop Grocers. There are so many, so it depends what you are looking for . For instance, I go to Japan Town when I need Japanese Items. There are Thai, Israeli, Russian, Italian & many other little markets in the Valley as well. Good Luck!, JET

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                                              chez cherie Mar 29, 2009 08:47 AM

                                              pick a copy of "eat los angeles"--actual name of the book might be "eat la". published this year, it's a guide to exactly the kind of places you are looking for. great resource. i keep a copy in my car.

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                                              1. re: chez cherie
                                                Servorg Mar 29, 2009 08:50 AM


                                                1. re: chez cherie
                                                  rainey Mar 30, 2009 01:28 PM

                                                  ...not if you live in the San Fernando Valley! It's virtually devoid of info for the Valley.

                                                  I got a copy and sent it back.

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                                                  bulavinaka Mar 29, 2009 08:27 AM

                                                  International is pretty vague, but if you're looking for specific ethnic stores, LA's selection is pretty deep and broad. Latin and Asian markets are most common, but even cultures that are less represented in LA have reliable well-stocked shops, e.g., La Espanola Meats in Harbor City for Spanish goods. Here's a shortlist off the top of my head for Asian supermarkets as well as for La Espanola.

                                                  Hawaii Super Market
                                                  120 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                                                  Marukai Pacific Market
                                                  1620 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                                                  La Espanola Meats
                                                  25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

                                                  Marukai Market
                                                  1740 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

                                                  Nijiya Market
                                                  2130 Sawtelle Blvd 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                                  Mitsuwa Marketplace
                                                  21515 Western Av, Torrance, CA 90501

                                                  99 Ranch Market
                                                  140 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA

                                                  Mitsuwa Marketplace
                                                  3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                                                  Torrance Freshia Market
                                                  2515 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA

                                                  Nijiya Market
                                                  2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA

                                                  99 Ranch Market
                                                  6450 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

                                                  1. monku Mar 29, 2009 08:13 AM

                                                    Where do you live and exactly what are you looking for?
                                                    Yes, this is Los Angeles and they're all over the place.

                                                    1. Servorg Mar 29, 2009 04:49 AM


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