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Denise Duong Nov 24, 2012 11:38 PM

I'm looking for any good specialty shops.
A good Italian deli so I can get prosciutto ends..cheese, meats, olive oils, etc.
French shop?
Mediterranean?
Fish market

Anything! I love interesting and unique, I have found plenty of great Thai and Korean markets.

  1. aching Nov 29, 2012 05:08 PM

    I just tried out Super Sun Market on Westwood Blvd. recently. Tons of Middle Eastern groceries and prepared foods. I only got one jar of date syrup, which I needed for a specific recipe, but I look forward to going back and trying other things. The prepared foods in particular looked great.

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      TracyS Nov 29, 2012 04:21 PM

      Joan's on Third

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        ebethsdad Nov 29, 2012 03:56 PM

        Its in the Valley, but Fish-in-the-Village is a small, kosher fish market/deli with good quality and prices. They don't always have a great selection. Southeast corner of Burbank and Whitsett. If you're willing to drive for Italian try the Roma deli in Pasadena. Besides getting a sandwich there are all sorts of hidden treasures. I had no idea Pecorino could taste the way his does. Good Russian market/deli, also in the Valley, is Tashkent, just south of Chandler on the east side of Laurel Cyn.

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          Whatthehellokc Nov 29, 2012 12:28 PM

          What's the best place for Mexican goods?

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            mrgreenbeenz Nov 29, 2012 01:52 PM

            No shortage of options but I prefer the Vallarta chain- located throughout the valley.

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              ipsedixit Nov 29, 2012 03:08 PM

              Alameda Swap Meet

              Open daily, except Tue.

            2. goodhealthgourmet Nov 27, 2012 03:53 PM

              i'll add Cube Cafe & Marketplace and The Cheese Store of Silverlake to the suggestions.

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                JudiAU Nov 26, 2012 09:48 AM

                Not a grocery story but Surfas should be mentioned. Restaurant supplies and grocery.

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                  Dirtywextraolives Nov 26, 2012 11:22 AM

                  It was, above in LuLu's post.

                2. A5 KOBE Nov 26, 2012 09:13 AM

                  Also check out Papa Christo's for Mediterranean.

                  1. ipsedixit Nov 25, 2012 11:37 AM

                    Seafood Paradise
                    Porta Via Italian Foods
                    Claro's
                    Nicole's
                    Bhanu Indian Grocery

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                      sel Nov 25, 2012 11:56 AM

                      Tell me more about Bhanu's Indian Grocery. I see that they offer prepared food and was wondering how it is? Few Indian/Pakistani places in Southern California rock my world, are you suggesting this place for groceries, prepared food or both?

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                        ipsedixit Nov 25, 2012 12:02 PM

                        The only groceries I get there are some of the snacks, but mainly it's for the novelty factor. I don't know enough or cook enough Indian cuisine to have any of their spices or ingredients really pique my interest.

                        Some the prepared foods are very good, but can be a bit greasy sometimes. I go there mainly for desserts now after Why Thirsty opened up next door, and it's usually the vegan Black Forest Cake or the Kheer.

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                          sel Nov 26, 2012 08:52 AM

                          Thanks for the clarification ipsedixit. I will be checking out Bhanu's Indian Grocery AND Why Thirsty soon!

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                            A5 KOBE Nov 26, 2012 09:11 AM

                            I actually really like their prepared foods. Butter chicken is pretty good.

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                              sel Nov 26, 2012 12:43 PM

                              ipsedixit + A5 KOBE = I'm in, thanks!

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                          Dirtywextraolives Nov 26, 2012 11:27 AM

                          I stumbled upon a small but packed full Indian grocery store called Asia Foods (I was actually looking for a Japanese store, but google directed me here when I asked for Asian!) on Venice Blvd in the Palms/Culver City area. Large supply of fresh produce, spices, dried & frozen goods and mixes. I bought a pakora mix to make for my kids, plus dried couscous, lentils and some spices & tahini sauce.

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                          Whatthehellokc Nov 29, 2012 12:45 PM

                          I checked your suggestions out ipsedixit, They look amazing!

                        4. CharlesKochel Nov 25, 2012 11:06 AM

                          also, the GRINDER an Italian deli sub in the Palisades just off sunset at Beech Street Cafe is to die for...Pizza is good also.

                          1. Servorg Nov 25, 2012 08:57 AM

                            http://www.esmdeli.com/

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                              CharlesKochel Nov 25, 2012 11:07 AM

                              check out Asia de Cuba in West Hollywood on Sunset blvd.

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                                mrgreenbeenz Nov 29, 2012 01:44 PM

                                Living right near the Eastside Deli I can attest that it's a bit of a cock-up as a working deli. They get confused if you aren't ordering a sandwich or pasta and it seems turnover on a lot of products is pretty glacial.

                                I would love this place to be an even serviceable Italian deli - sheesh they don't even have mozzarella. That said, the sausage and meatball sub is as fine a gut bomb as has ever been devised.

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                                LuluTheMagnificent Nov 25, 2012 07:38 AM

                                Bay cities in Santa Monica - italian
                                Sorrento - Italian
                                marcel monsieur farmers market - French and other stuff
                                Surfas - culver city

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                                  Whatthehellokc Nov 27, 2012 03:31 PM

                                  Are grocers or restaurants?

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Nov 27, 2012 06:47 PM

                                    They all are specialty grocers that sell some prepared foods. I wouldn't go so far as to call them "restaurants".....except marcel Monsieur does have a full on restaurant, but ou are in the farmers market....

                                2. CharlesKochel Nov 24, 2012 11:48 PM

                                  what part of LA?

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                                    Denise Duong Nov 25, 2012 06:54 AM

                                    Preferably Hollywood, but I'm happy to drive most places.

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