Food

A&Z Nut Wagon

816 S. Lorena St., Los Angeles, CA, 90023

323-267-1695

Gonzalez sells just the one variety of jerky (“I have no time for nothing else”), but customers line up for it at his counter…

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Bill’s Bees

200 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

(818) 896-6506

Unlike most commercial honeys, these are unheated and unfiltered to preserve their natural flavor and enzymes (except in the case of the rich, dark, caramelized honey, Bill’s answer to molasses)

Website: http://www.localharvest.org/bills-bees-M3411

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Bird Pick Tea and Herb

10 S. De Lacey Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-773-4372

Behold a world of leafy splendor at Bird Pick Tea and Herb…

Website: http://birdpick.com/

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E. Waldo Ward & Son

273 E. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91024

626-355-1218

The third and fourth generations behind the San Gabriel Valley institution E. Waldo Ward & Son cook up some two dozen jams and preserves…

Website: http://waldoward.com/

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Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

5702 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

323-255-7115

Uncle Oinker’s strawberry-flavored Gummy Bacon shares shelf space with Slap Stix caramel pops at Silver Lake’s Zanzabelle, a wonderful spot to browse for confectionary oddities…

Website: http://sodapopstop.com/

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Huntington Meats

6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 933-8577

Sausage is having a moment. On display at Huntington Meats is a rotating selection of more than 20 pork, lamb, and chicken links free of nitrates and preservatives.

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Kosher Club

4817 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90019

323-933-8283

There are many kosher grocers in L.A. Eilat, on Pico, with its pushcart-packed aisles, seems the most intent on replicating a 1970s Tehran traffic jam.

Website: http://www.kosherclub.com/

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La Adelita Pandería

317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-628-0777

Grab a round metal tray and a pair of tongs and start loading up: There are at least two dozen varieties of Mexican sweet bread, flaky pineapple and cherry turnovers, and oversize cookies, which go for about 75¢ apiece.

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La Huerta

317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

(213) 437-0100

We always treat ourselves to a few pieces of mango chamoy—thin strips of the fruit in a sweet-and-sour sticky red glaze—from the huge glass jar on the counter.

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Le Sanctuaire

2710 Main Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90405

Mere shavings—an ounce is enough for four servings—over eggs or buttered pasta can be mind-blowing.

Website: http://www.le-sanctuaire.com/

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Melrose Place Farmers’ Market

Melrose Pl. and Croft Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

The location amid beautiful design showrooms makes the Melrose Place Farmers’ Market feel like a stroll in Florence…

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Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market

6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Whether you’re roasting a bird or concocting a butterscotch pudding, a pinch of good sodium chloride can make all the difference…

Website: http://mrmarcel.com/

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Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery

2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-452-7770

At Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery stores, run by Mrs. Winston and her sons Eddy and Corey, immaculate salad bars are the focus; they’re vibrant marriages of quantity and quality.

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Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

921 Meridian Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 91030

(626) 403-5751

A passionate staff who understand the benefits of flash-frozen pâté, Peugot pepper mills, and French ham gladly pass along their knowledge.

Website: http://www.nicolesgourmetfoods.com/

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Olive Hill Farm

200 Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

805-688-3700

The flavor is grassy, its opening flourish finishing in a subtle decrescendo.

Website: http://www.olivehilloil.com/

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Spice Station

3819 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

(323) 660-2565

Honestly, the abundance of powders, leaves, seeds, and other seasonings at Silver Lake’s Spice Station has us reeling.

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The Curious Palate

12034 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066

310-437-0144

Best Locally Made Peanut Butter, August 2011

Website: http://www.thecuriouspalate.com

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