Super King has the feel of a Third World market in the best possible sense: It's busy, wide open, with heaping bundles of fresh fruit and vegetables on display and great deals around every corner. Cardboard boxes brimming with corn (three ears for 99 cents), bananas (two pounds for 99 cents) and potatoes (3 pounds for 99 cents) are stationed on the sidewalk as shoppers enter the modern supermarket, where handpicked produce is delivered daily. An enormous space — the width of more than 10 normal grocery store lanes — is dedicated to nearly every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable, from honeydews and blueberries to cactus pears, chayote and Hami melon. And that's not to mention every type of chili pepper under the sun, plus prepared dried-spice packs for home cooks on the go. The only downside to this palace of produce can be the crowds, all seeking the same low prices. 2716 N. San Fernando Road. (323) 225-0044,

—Chris Vogel

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