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Oct 18, 2011 05:15 PM

Greek groceries in LA

I am Greek, I just moved to LA, and I am finding it hard to get my Greek provisions! Papa Cristos on Pico is okay, but it pales in comparison to the Greek groceries in Chicago and Milwaukee. Any other Greek markets out there?

Many thanks!!

Papa Cristos
2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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  1. Yassou! Welcome to LA. I am from Cyprus and also had trouble finding good Greek items in LA. I have, however found most things at middle-eastern markets like SuperKing (Glendale) or Elat (on Pico, just outside BH). You can find most of the cheeses and tahini and those sorts of things there.

    If you are looking for a Greek market though, I dont think you will find one. There is a vendor at the Hollywood farmers market on Sundays who is Greek and sells Greek olive oils and I believe they have a store and restaurant somewhere near LAX but I have nver been.

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    1. re: carln

      Yeia sou! Thanks so much for the recommendations. I was afraid I wasn't going to find too much else... Papa Cristos seems good for feta and olives - so much cheaper than buying anything in a supermarket, and better, of course. But otherwise it didn't have as much as the Greek groceries back home.

      I'll definitely check the Middle Eastern shops and the Hollywood FM. Thanks again!

      Papa Cristos
      2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      1. re: dmoutsop

        If it's the same Greek olive oil (and manouri cheese and canned dolmades and whatnot) as used to be at Irvine farmers market at UCI, the name of the place is Petrou Foods.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          ooooh, this looks like a find! However, I am new to the area and it seems from their website that they are only in San Diego? Is this right?

          1. re: dmoutsop

            OC, too, though I haven't seen them the last couple of times at Irvine (on Saturday).

    2. I'd add to Carln's suggestions those branches of Jon's which adjoin Armenian and Russian neighborhoods; note that what Jon's carries seems to vary significantly from branch to branch. (The branch on Vermont in Hollywood seems to be the only one, for instance, which regularly has Cara Bakery's sourdough corn rye bread!)

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      1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

        Thank you! Again, new to the area, so haven't been to Jon's. But I did just get an advert for Jon's yesterday, and kept it solely because I saw they had persimmons at 2 lb for $1. (Whole Foods had one persimmon at $2.99 each!) I am in West Hollywood - which Jon's branch do you recommend?