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Specialty grocery stores in L.A

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.

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  1. what part of LA?

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    1. re: CharlesKochel

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

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

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      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

        Are grocers or restaurants?

        1. re: Whatthehellokc

          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. http://www.esmdeli.com/

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        1. re: Servorg

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

          1. re: Servorg

            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.

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

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                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?

                1. re: sel

                  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.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

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

                    1. re: sel

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

                      1. re: A5 KOBE

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

                  2. re: sel

                    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.

                  3. re: ipsedixit

                    I checked your suggestions out ipsedixit, They look amazing!

                  4. Also check out Papa Christo's for Mediterranean.

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

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                      1. re: JudiAU

                        It was, above in LuLu's post.

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

                        1. What's the best place for Mexican goods?

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                          1. re: Whatthehellokc

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

                            1. re: Whatthehellokc

                              Alameda Swap Meet

                              Open daily, except Tue.

                            2. 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.

                              1. Joan's on Third

                                1. 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.