I think Pacific Coast Co.…? I made a mental note to look for ham there when @nemroz started this thread. Though I have to admit that I checked out the Sacramento branch of Pacific Coast over the holiday and sad to say it’s WAY better
We haven’t looked for it yet- Pacific Coast is a little far for us so we tend to go twice a year or thereabouts with a long list which now includes ham. I’ll follow up if they have anything.
A branch in Sacramento
Yeah, it’s in Citrus Heights a stretch northeast of downtown. I happened to be dropping off a present in the area on Christmas Eve and clocked it on my way past. I like the Pacific Coast in LA but Sacramento has what appears to be a very active deli counter, cold case with deli containers of different pickles and jams, etc. Seems like pretty high turnover (which makes sense for the East Sac population) that allows them to offer fresh products I haven’t seen in LA on our twice yearly visits.
I poked around and picked up a couple of jams along with some jarred and canned sardines. I’ve been getting more into sardines lately and like jam for my breakfast toast. I was fascinated at the selection at Pacific but had absolutely no idea on brands and types, so just randomly grabbed whatever caught my eye.
Check out Grandma’s deli I linked above. They have a decent sized fresh food and salads case. You can see some of the pics on their yelp page. Not sure where you are though and that might be too far of a drive, possibly you combine it with your Pacific Coast trip. They’re both sort of in that general northeast LA area around the 170
I’ve liked Eastern European smoked meats and sausages when I’ve tried them. I just have so little exposure and it’s not like LA has a ton of places. When I visit my friend, I’ll have to make him take me after he picks me up from the airport. He’s into that too, so again, thanks for the tip on the Sac location
You’re right. I didn’t express myself properly. A lot of places I know of. It seems like not a lot is written about them, most of what I know is from your postings which made me go looking for places. But I don’t see a lot of articles or food media talking about them.
I have fun exploring but I don’t know what I’m looking for or at most of the time. With me being on the Westside, it’s not as easy to drop in regularly and try multiple things frequently. My visits are few and far between and I just have to guess. When there was a decent sausage butcher shop in Santa Monica on Wilshire, I’d have fun dropping in and just grabbing a sausage or whatever to try. Unfortunately they closed not too soon after I discovered them.
Now I take my blind chances when I go to NoHo. I have fun trying though! I still have a bottle of fermented bread soda sitting in the fridge to try.
Aah I see. Ya West Hollywood is your closest I guess. I’m not surprised there isn’t literature or coverage in media. Fairly basic fare but our cold cuts and smoked / cured fish are great. We always get the ikra (ikura) too. Grab armenian eggplant caviar/ spread!
Oh no! That’s called efficiency! We like to cobble a bunch of visits to places that are in a general area, especially when dealing with LA traffic. We joke that we’re visiting a “land” for the day, disney reference. We explore a shop here, a gallery there, a historic mission inn sandwiched around different food places for snacks, etc. It becomes a fun day doing a bunch of different things but not sitting in traffic. Gives time to recover from one meal before the next food stop! For us, it’s a great way to explore all the smaller interesting things around LA that may not be worth a full day trip and drive, but swinging by and checking it out for 30 mins to an hour before moving on? Perfect!
Cool, thanks! We love cold cuts, the different cured dried sausages, learning about the smoked fish. We do like the eggplant spread and the red pepper spread too. Luckily we don’t really have any allergies or aversions with the one exception for cilantro, which doesn’t seem to show up in Eastern European, thank goodness. So we’re pretty open to just grabbing something that looks interesting and trying it. Sometimes we like, sometimes we don’t, but having the opportunity to try is half the fun. One of the things I love so much about the LA is the opportunity to try such diverse food.
@nemroz Sorry if this is beyond the scope, I can start a new post if necessary but it seems deli oriented:
Are there any places in the LA area that do Russian/Armenian pickles well? It’s not for a specific recipe or need, I just know so little about that pickling tradition and I was intrigued by the quart deli containers of (apparently) fresh pickles at the Citrus Heights Pacific Coast Foods.
That and a recent Sandor Katz guest episode of the Cooking Issues podcast had me thinking about whole pickled cabbages and I realized I’ve never been to a serious pickle place where things are in barrels or what have you. I assumed anything like that in LA would be universally well known but I also didn’t know about these kinds of delis before reading about them on FTC…
They’re generally about the same everywhere since our pickles are quite simple on the seasoning though we pickle a wide variety. But you want a place that’s busy and turning it over. I think Odessa and Bazaar ring a bell as places i saw varieties.
Some of my favorite has been in the valley at Victory produce on Vanowen/Corbin but if anyone has multiple bins they’re worth trying. Got to get tomato, apple, watermelon when it’s around. Always sauerkraut etc. Armenian marinated eggplant is a revelation, i can’t recall who has it fresh, perhaps Karabagh, otherwise it’s in jars from motherland.