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Looking for Lox (cheap price)

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Deep Valley Oct 11, 2012 11:43 AM

Years and years ago there was a place called Danish-American Farm that had good lox (not pieces, talking about slices) for a really cheap price.

I have been looking for something like that all over but can't seem to find cheap lox unless it is lox pieces.

Anybody have any place out there? Cheap would be $10-15 a pound these days...

  1. TonyC Oct 11, 2012 11:47 AM

    Ikea has really cheap lox. Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for.

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      Deep Valley Oct 11, 2012 12:02 PM

      I didn't know that. What's the price per pound? Ballpark figure...

    2. Baron Oct 11, 2012 12:06 PM

      Costco has very good lox at a reasonable price

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        wienermobile Oct 11, 2012 12:20 PM

        +1 for Costco. Good quality and flavor for the price.

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          SIMIHOUND Oct 11, 2012 12:38 PM

          Smart and Final too. The bigger stores may have different size packages.

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            Deep Valley Oct 11, 2012 12:57 PM

            Thanks. I'll check out S&F

          2. re: wienermobile
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            Deep Valley Oct 11, 2012 12:57 PM

            I've had the Costco lox, both kinds. Not bad. Looking for more flavor. Price was good.

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              BSW6490 Oct 11, 2012 04:28 PM

              +2

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                pnutbuddah Oct 13, 2012 07:15 PM

                +3

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            ns1 Oct 11, 2012 12:49 PM

            Jon's markets has a very impressive selection. Lox belly scraps for mad cheap too if you don't care about presentation.

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              Deep Valley Oct 11, 2012 12:56 PM

              I will check out Jon's as they are not that far, along with Ikea

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              Marcinko Oct 11, 2012 03:00 PM

              I used to live in West Hollywood and was consistently impressed by what was available in the way of cheap lox at the string of Russian groceries on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax and Fuller. A number of them have non-prepackaged lox (so homemade, perhaps?) in their deli cases, usually $12-14/lb. Arbat Deli just east of Fairfax was my favorite. Some days all they had were dry, oversalted pieces, but I'd say about 75% of the time it was moist, fresh, only faintly cured deliciousness. Better in my opinion than Jon's, which has a good but pricier selection of prepackaged lox in its fridge case but (in my experience) only bellies in the deli case.

              If you're in the Valley, Odessa Grocery (across from Jon's at Magnolia and Laurel) also has some quality deli-case lox for under $15/lb.

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                Deep Valley Oct 11, 2012 04:58 PM

                Thank you. That sounds like a good place to try (Odessa).

                1. re: Marcinko
                  Mr Taster Oct 11, 2012 05:12 PM

                  Just to be precise, are you talking about smoked salmon (nova) or the salted (unsmoked) belly lox? If you've found a place that sells the salty belly lox (which is even hard to find in the NY area, and which I've only ever found at Barney Greengrass in Bev Hills for $40/lb) I'm heading there ASAP.

                  Mr Taster

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                    Marcinko Oct 11, 2012 08:02 PM

                    I can't claim to truly know from salty belly lox, but it is true that I've seen something that calls itself "salmon bellies" in several Jon's deli cases. It's small, chunkier pieces (not slices) of a very salty, a little hard and (in my opinion) unappetizing salmon. And it sells for something like $5/lb. Could well be a cousin of the non-misnomer "lox," but I suspect it's a very different product than what you find in NYC.

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                      gr8pimpin Oct 12, 2012 02:23 PM

                      Yeah, I'm with you. They do not have lox out here, only Nova (smoked salmon) which they mistakenly call Lox.

                      Remember when Nova was more expensive? (LOL!)

                  2. scottca075 Oct 13, 2012 07:11 AM

                    Ikea and Costco are both god calls and my local Pavilions (Von's) has a good, cheap packaged lox in their fish deli section.

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                      happybaker Oct 13, 2012 08:39 PM

                      Jons recently had a nice cold smoked salmon (lox) prepackaged - $4 for 4 oz. So $16 a pound but nice quality.

                      If you are willing to look at gravlox (cured salmon versus smoked) it's way cheap and easy to do on your own. Both Julia Child and Michale Ruhlman have good recipes.

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