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Jun 17, 2010 07:21 AM

Calabasas supermarkets or kitchen shops

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

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

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      1. re: wienermobile

        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

          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?

          1. re: Professor Salt

            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

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

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

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          1. re: Professor Salt

            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

              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.