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May 23, 2011 10:34 PM

Bummer. R.I.P. Safe & Save Market

I went today and they are battened up. I saw the manger (maybe part owner?) who was always at the register and he said the opening of the big Murakai Market was basically the straw that broke the camel's back.
They were always a friendly mom & pop styled place, with good fish, especially the Scottish salmon and tunas.

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  1. I can remember the days when it was the only market which carried Panko. The fish was always sublime. Produce, not so much. Don't despair completely. There is still the sweet little Granada Market up the street, just before Nebraska. They make some absolutely incredible sushi, have the best crabs, and are the sweetest folks on Sawtelle.

    Granada Market
    1820 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    1. re: maudies5

      Let's really hope Granada's days aren't numbered...

      1. re: maudies5

        They have sushi at Granada? I know I can have a one track mind, but why haven't I seen this! where do they keep it?

        1. re: AAQjr

          Granada doesn't always have it. They sometimes have it and when they do it is at the fish counter.

      2. Don't feel too bad for the owners, they are sitting on Sawtelle real estate worth millions of $$$$

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        1. re: Servorg

          The owners of S&S didn't own the property. Those millions of $$$$ won't go to them.

        2. Oh, no. They sold the best tofu I've ever eaten.

          Does anybody know anywhere else to get it ? It was the one that was sold in a tray, double-wrapped in plastic bags?

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          1. re: Bjartmarr

            Do you know what brand it was? Just as an aside, if you're ever eating at U-Zen on Santa Monica Blvd. try their "spicy tofu" appetizer. I get that every time we are there and it never fails to hit all my taste buds in their appropriate spots...

            1. re: Servorg

              I don't know the brand. It was made here in LA, I remember that. A little pricey, and you had to eat it within a day of when you bought it, but worth it.

              I haven't eaten at U-Zen since sushi was $3 a plate. ;)

              1. re: Bjartmarr

                Well, in case you get dragged there against your will some time try the spicy tofu and you won't be so angry at your captors... ;-D>

                1. re: Bjartmarr

                  And the really funny thing is that you still hadn't learned the name in the last 4 years of eating and loving this tofu! ;-D>

                  ADD: Although Meiji Tofu in Gardena is still doing their thing:

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Why should I learn the name, when I knew exactly where to find it? ;)

                    Thanks for finding the brand name. They say they still sell it at Granada market, so I'll have to venture in there again.

                    And I wouldn't have to be dragged to U-Zen. :)

                    1. re: Bjartmarr

                      It's like trying to be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, BJ...the smaller the paper trail you leave the less likely someone will come up with something embarrassing...

            2. Total bummer; this was my go-to spot for fish.

              Haven't been to Granada or Murakai, but guess I will have to check them out now.

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              1. re: vinosnob

                Haven't been to the West LA Marukai "Express," but Nijiya has always impressed me with the quality selection of their seafood.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  Thanks, will add Nijiya to my list!

                2. re: vinosnob

                  such a bummer. they had the best uni.