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Tashkent Produce

5340 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Los Angeles, california
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Tashkent Produce

Jim Thurman

Named after the capital city of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Produce is, first and foremost, a market. The store has a couple of narrow aisles filled with every Russian foodstuff imaginable and there are freezer cases filled with frozen dumplings (vareniki and pelmeny), a wide selection of breads and, yes, produce. Being a deli means it has everything you’d expect from a deli. Being a Russian deli, that also means there is a smoked fish counter. Near the back of the store, there’s an opening to an adjacent space where you’ll find the take-out counter. Shelves and a cooler of beverages, including beers and wines, line the walls of the small room as display cases of Russian dishes and baked goods surround the counter. Behind the counter, you’ll find tubs of salads (potato, herring, etc.). At one time, there were English menus, but they have disappeared. This leaves some fish selections and the occasional meat item translated alongside the Cyrillic on small cards taped along the counter. So, you’ll need to know exactly what you want, speak Russian or be able to read the Cyrillic alphabet…or you could just point.

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