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Good Indian, middle eastern, or other ethnic groceries in Westwood?

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realbigfoodie Sep 12, 2010 11:00 AM

I just moved from NYC to LA (Westwood), and need to re-stock my apartment with all of the ethnic items that I couldn't take with me. In particular I want to get some really good basmati rice (in bulk would be great) and indian spices. I found Safe & Save Japanese Market on Yelp, but I can't find anything else that looks decent to get good ethnic ingredients. A couple of months ago I remember that I found a good sounding middle eastern market in Westwood but for the life of me can't remember what it was called. Does anyone have suggestions of good ethnic groceries in Westwood? I would also be willing to travel to get to them, but ideally they would be close to home.

Thanks!

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    bulavinaka Sep 12, 2010 11:30 AM

    You'll find a number of Persian grocery stores along Westwood Blvd between Wilshire and Pico. Kosher markets, which tend to offer goods that fall under the broad term, "Middle Eastern," are plentiful along Pico in the Fairfax area, as well as some sprinkled further west in West LA-proper. Our beloved former daycare provider who is Persian loves the Kosher markets along Pico, if that offers any direction. Sorry I don't have specifics - hopefully other more knowledgeable Hounds can pitch in. I do like the offerings of fresh nuts and dates and other dried fruits at the Persian markets - very rapid turnover on these items, and Super Sun Market on Westwood has a small but good ice cream counter as well.

    Safe & Save is known for their high-quality offerings on seafood. About a block further south on Sawtelle is Nijiya. If I need a one-stop place in the Westside for all edible things Japanese, I'd go here. It's smaller than Mitsuwa (which has a good food court), but is packed to the gills with items that I've never sound at other Westside stores. Granada (also on Sawtelle, about a block or two further north from Safe & Save) also offers great sashimi-grade seafood.

    Samosa House/Bharat Bazaar on Washington in Culver City has been servicing the Westside for decades. The "Samosa House" portion is relatively new to the operation (maybe 15+ years or so, but they serve up very respectable Indian vegetarian/vegan dishes, and the "Bharat Bazaar" portion of the operation has all of the things that one would typically would be looking to check off of their "Indian" cuisine shopping list.

    Another place that you might find of interest is Simpang Asia - primarily Indonesian sundries - but also having an excellent cafe attached as well. In fact, I would say that the cafe is known by most as the primary attraction, with the small market serving as a distraction while waiting for one's order. It's on National, right where it bends back east/west, just west of Motor.

    A proper Chinese market is nonexistent in the Westside. The closest one that I know of is 99 Ranch Market in Van Nuys.

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      hrhboo Sep 12, 2010 03:49 PM

      Great recs! I second Jordan Market as well. There is a very good Persian market near Canary House, is it Rose Market? The name escapes me. It's on Westwood between Santa Monica and La Grange, east side of the street.

      Also, Payless Market on Venice near Midvale is a treasure trove of Middle-Eastern and Persian ingredients.

      Bulavinaka, were you at Pepy's today? I saw a guy who looks exactly how I imagine you look, if that makes any sense at all.

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      Jordan Market
      1449 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

      Rose Market
      1922 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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        bulavinaka Sep 12, 2010 06:03 PM

        Hmm, let's see - really mean snorting sounds and uncontrollably drooling while carrying a spoon around my neck and dragging around the 13-pounder? Yeah, that was me - I kept tripping over your veil causing your halo to go off kilter. :) Actually I wasn't there. Love Pepy's chilaquiles w/ eggs though! Did you have a chance to hit the farmers market across the street?

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          annapurna7 Dec 8, 2010 03:30 PM

          I love Payless Produce. That place was a god send during my early 20's "Poor years." The produce was hot or miss, but it was priced really well. The halal meat counter was awesome. I still go and get chicken from there. It tastes much better than chicken from the grocery store. The pita bread is always fresh - I miss living near this place!

          I also miss the Lebanese restaurant that occupied the space where Thai Boom is now. They had good eats.

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          Thai Boom
          10863 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      2. Servorg Sep 12, 2010 06:18 PM

        There is a very good Persian bakery just south of Santa Monica Blvd. on Westwood Blvd. called Pink Orchid. They also have sandwiches and other light food to go or eat there.

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        Pink Orchid Bakery
        1927 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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          bulavinaka Sep 12, 2010 08:51 PM

          It's right across the street from Super Sun Market. Definitely get their Persian-style cookies. The chick pea flour ones are really good and are excellent with tea.

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