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Nov 17, 2009 07:38 PM

Costco Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley

I see that some of the costco's back east carry kosher meats and products.
Do any in the L.A. area carry kosher meats other than frozen empire chickens?

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  1. I was at the Van Nuys Costco last week, where from about 20 yards away I espied an enormous new sign over one of the short-aisle refrigerated cases that bellowed in very large, unmissable type, "KOSHER". This is an important development, I thought.

    When I got there, all it contained was half a fridge with some Hebrew National salami alongside lox and another kind of fish (I cannot recall what) with hechshers. Same corporate-packaged stuff they have always had, absolutely nothing new. The other half of the fridge was pure treif, including pork sausages.

    I wouldn't go so far as to call it false advertising. Let's just say I didn't appreciate the gesture.

    [BTW, as I've noted in other posts and for whatever it's worth, I've always found that Van Nuys branch to be the most consistently problematic Costco in the entire Los Angeles area.]

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    1. re: Arthur

      Stopped by the Van Nuys Costco again today. The big "KOSHER" sign was gone - along with any hope that they were going to expand their kosher offerings anytime soon.

      1. re: Arthur

        UPDATE: I've been meaning to post this for about a while but didn't get around to it until today. The Van Nuys Costco (and perhaps other local outlets) now has its long-awaited expanded kosher section. It's a mixed bag of vacuum-packed deli meats (mostly the Meal Mart brand), smoked fish, cheeses, stuffed cabbage, Gabila's square knishes, hummus, etc. I was there today and they even had a few Rosh Hashanah offerings, e.g., round raisin challahs, honey cake, et al. All in all, it's a truly welcome, massive improvement on their prior selection of certified kosher foods.

        1. re: Arthur

          And don't forget the fresh meat, glatt Angus beef, rib steaks and others. At this point, it's no great bargain, but it's there and available. The corned beef and pastrami, on the other hand, $9.99/lb I believe, is much cheaper than one can get elsewhere.