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Feb 10, 2012 07:15 PM

Need to send a really nice food gift--what's the Russ and Daughters of LA?

We will be staying with family for a few days and would like to send a really nice food gift as a thank you. If it were the east coast, we would do a delivery from Russ and Daughters.

What are some west coast options? Something luxurious and special....


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  1. There's no appetizing store in L.A. remotely close to Russ & Daughters. If that's the level of quality you're looking for, I'd just mail order from Russ & Daughters.

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      Second this. I just brought back a bunch of appy from Russ and Daughters because it's just plain impossible to get here. If you were looking for something similar but Angeleno-centric, I'd suggest Jin Patisserie.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        OK, I'm convinced. I'm going to send them something from Russ and Daughters. They are originally East Coasters, and they love the smoked fish. Sounds like this is the best bet.

        But I definitely learned about some great LA sweets. Think I'll hit Little John's in the Farmer's Market during my visit!

    2. You can take a look at: and see how it strikes you.

      1. i WISH there was a russ and daughters type place. unfortunately there isn't anything like it here. i order from josephsons smokehouse in astoria oregon when i need a fish gift or just for myself.

          1. re: rnp0123

            Maybe not luxurious, but this is the most LA-centric suggestion so far. I love Corn Maiden, and will remember this for when I need to send gifts to my family in Boston.

          2. If you're having it delivered anyway you might try Zingermans, Granted its neither west coast (Michigan), nor Russ and Daughters, but its excellent. Saveur magazine named it best sandwich bread in America last year.