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

john gonzales May 23, 2011 10:34 PM

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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    maudies5 RE: john gonzales May 23, 2011 10:56 PM

    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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      J.L. RE: maudies5 May 23, 2011 11:22 PM

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

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        AAQjr RE: maudies5 May 24, 2011 01:25 AM

        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?

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          maudies5 RE: AAQjr May 24, 2011 09:19 AM

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

      2. Servorg RE: john gonzales May 24, 2011 01:15 AM

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

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          vikingvegas RE: Servorg Jun 6, 2011 06:05 PM

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

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          Bjartmarr RE: john gonzales May 24, 2011 06:56 AM

          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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            Servorg RE: Bjartmarr May 24, 2011 07:02 AM

            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...

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              Bjartmarr RE: Servorg May 24, 2011 07:15 AM

              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. ;)

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                Servorg RE: Bjartmarr May 24, 2011 07:23 AM

                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>

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                  Servorg RE: Bjartmarr May 24, 2011 07:43 AM

                  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! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7761... ;-D>

                  ADD: Although Meiji Tofu in Gardena is still doing their thing: http://www.meijitofu.com/

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                    Bjartmarr RE: Servorg May 24, 2011 10:55 AM

                    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. :)

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                      Servorg RE: Bjartmarr May 24, 2011 10:57 AM

                      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...

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              vinosnob RE: john gonzales May 24, 2011 09:10 AM

              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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                bulavinaka RE: vinosnob Jun 6, 2011 08:59 PM

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

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                  vinosnob RE: bulavinaka Jun 7, 2011 09:41 AM

                  Thanks, will add Nijiya to my list!

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                  Alice RE: vinosnob Jun 7, 2011 10:37 AM

                  such a bummer. they had the best uni.

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