5 TASTY DEALS
Alas, it’s not organic. It isn’t free range, either. However, the $5 Costco rotisserie chicken is delicious—with no MSG, preservatives, or artificial flavors and colors.
Rocco’s Italian Market & Deli in Los Feliz produces its own burrata, sold for about $4 a ball.
The Galleria Market in Koreatown is a premium spot for fermented vegetables, beans, and fish in one epic probiotic section.
Gratis Cooking Demos
Surfas is a low-cost stop for restaurant-grade pantry supplies and kitchen equipment. It also offers free classes—on preparing lobster, canning tomatoes—taught by industry pros.
Glassell Park’s Super King is more than a market; it’s a food castle with a butcher section fit for Henry VIII—on a jester’s paycheck.
5 TOTAL SCAMS
Shrinking Bags of Coffee
Some high-end coffee purveyors sell a 12-ounce bag that looks a lot like a 16-ounce bag. At $17 a bag, every ounce counts.
Farmers’ Market Food Traps
If you save $10 buying fresh produce but spend $25 on three kinds of hummus, that’s not saving. Keep to the fruits and veggies and you'll be set.
Costly Chips and Salsa
In a land where delicious, tableside corn chips and homemade salsa are bountiful (and free), charging customers $12 is not hot.
What started as an interesting American response to tapas has turned into a way for restaurants to charge a ridiculous amount for what are essentially appetizers.
Juice the Cost of Champagne
Recent years have seen raw, cold-pressed juice overtaking L.A. with prices hitting $30. Seriously, $8 is enough.