I’ve been without a kitchen for two months now thanks to a remodel. And, while of course I’m looking forward to a beautiful new space, the process is slow, and our cooking situation is pretty desperate—no stove, no microwave, no sink. We’re down to a fridge and toaster oven, which makes nightly meals a huge hassle. Eating out every night lost its luster after about two weeks, and toasting for two isn’t as glamorous as it sounds.
Enter our culinary savior: Super King Market. The Glassel Park location of this small grocery chain, specializing in ethnic foods (specifically Armenian and Mexican in this locale) has been saving us from a fate of frozen pizzas for a few weeks now. Super King’s service deli is filled with all the fixings for a nightly mezze feast, including a top-notch selection of hard-to-find cheeses—I recommend the pungent and creamy Bulgarian Feta—and olives. I’m also partial to their dips, especially the jajukh (cucumber-yogurt dip), garlic spread and muhammara, a thick and smoky concoction of roasted red peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.
Last time, we tried the freshly made boeregs, Armenian pastries stuffed with cheese, spinach or ground beef. My favorite was the rich and savory beef, the perfect companion for that garlic sauce I mentioned. Admittedly, these pastries are too much for nightly eating, so usually we just grab some whole wheat pita from the rather spectacular bread section, which features lots of beautiful loaves from local bread makers.
The only hitch is the horrendous parking lot, so be prepared to be frustrated. Inside, it’s not much better, so be prepared to be pushed and pushy. The produce section is always so insanely crowded, that I’ve never braved it, but still, I think the array of nuts and dried fruit makes up for the mayhem.
Super King Market (Map It)
2716 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065