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Calabasas supermarkets or kitchen shops

Professor Salt Jun 17, 2010 07:21 AM

I'm spending a few days in Calabasas and will be doing a little cooking. I don't know the area at all. Where are the good supermarkets in the area?

I'm also looking for a Smart and Final type of place that sells kitchen supplies and cookware. I'm guessing Calabasas is pretty residential so if I need to travel to get to a commercial restaurant supply, how far do I need to go? I'm aware of Star Restaurant Supply in Van Nuys, but I'm hoping there's one closer.

Thanks all

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  1. wienermobile RE: Professor Salt Jun 17, 2010 08:54 AM

    There is a Smart and Final in Woodland Hills not too far away.
    22631 Ventura Blvd
    Woodland Hills, CA.

    1. wienermobile RE: Professor Salt Jun 17, 2010 09:10 AM

      There is also a Gelsons in Calabasas at
      22277 Mulholland Highway
      Calabasas, CA 91302
      (818) 906-6228

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      1. re: wienermobile
        ozhead RE: wienermobile Jun 17, 2010 09:25 AM

        The Gelsons is cleverly located near the intersection of Mullholland Drive and Mullholland Highway. There is also a good Vons at the El Camino Center (Mulholland Drive and Calabasas Road), which is actually in Woodland Hills (but across the street from the Calabasas city limit), and a good Ralphs at the Commons (Calabasas Road and Commons Way). Also in the Commons is a Williams-Sonoma, if you can deal with the prices.

        1. re: ozhead
          Professor Salt RE: ozhead Jun 17, 2010 09:32 AM

          Isn't one of these notorious hideous? I think I remember Das Ubergeek going on a tear about the produce. Was it the Gelson's?

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            Das Ubergeek RE: Professor Salt Jun 17, 2010 01:16 PM

            I was pissed off about the cost. I'd have lived with the crappy produce and the bad service had I been at Vons and paying Vons prices. Honestly, if you're planning ahead, and you need the high-end stuff, go to WFM. If you need regular groceries, go to the Vallarta in Canoga Park.


            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              MarlaPR RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 17, 2010 04:28 PM

              For food, how about Henry's market? 21821 Ventura Woodland Hills. Love that place!

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                ozhead RE: Das Ubergeek Jun 18, 2010 09:49 AM

                The produce at the El Camino Vons is better overall than that at the Mulholland/Mulholland Gelson's, and considerably cheaper.

                That said, I buy most of my produce at the Calabasas farmers market (Saturday, 8:30 - 1), across Calabasas Rd. from the Sagebrush Cantina. Particularly good: Kenter Canyon greens and herbs; LA Fungi mushrooms; pretty much everything Gene Etheridge brings down from his orchard in Orosi. If I need stuff I can't find at the farmers market (e.g.: chayote), I will stop in at Vons afterward, before heading over to Trader Joe at the Fallbrook Mall.

                Sagebrush Cantina
                23527 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

        2. Professor Salt RE: Professor Salt Jun 18, 2010 07:42 PM

          Thanks for all the help, everyone. I'll check them out next week.

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            purplescout RE: Professor Salt Jun 18, 2010 08:00 PM

            Don't miss the Calabasas farmer's market on Saturday morning! You can graze your way through, tasting everything on offer. I second ozhead's recommendations of vendors, particularly Etheridge's stone fruit. There is one stand that has Chandler strawberries ($8 for three baskets) but they sell out fast, so get there early!!

            1. re: purplescout
              Professor Salt RE: purplescout Jun 19, 2010 10:55 AM

              I love farmers' markets, but I'm only in town mid week. I'm sure your ideas will help someone else in the future, though.

              Is the Chandler strawberry stand Harry's Berrys? I get to see them at the Torrance market on Tuesday mornings.

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