Mr. Southern Food Is The Greatest Food reporting here, and I want to say that although the dry-cured smoked pork products native to my former stompin' grounds are in many cases the best in the known universe, I've found one that comes damn close, and I don't have to wait for delivery. It's the slab bacon they make and sell at Schreiner's German deli, up in Montrose, and after having worked my way through most of the not-quite-two-pound chunk I bought last week (the holidays are hard on bacon around this house!) I have to say that for both breakfast duty and as a recipe ingredient this stuff has no local match. Yeah, Nueske's is tasty, but it's wet-cured, and so lacks that firm meaty quality I love. It's also damned expensive; I believe I liberated this chunk for not much over five bucks, which is also cheaper than the dry-cured but much less flavorful Niman Ranch bacon at Trader Joe's.
If you haven't gotten to Schreiner's yet, it's right where Ocean View dead ends before it would otherwise run into Verdugo, heading down into Glendale. They have all kinds of mostly German groceries and wines, including pretty much everything that Kruegermann's kraut factory puts into jars, and that's a lot. Of course they make all kinds of sausages there, and what you can't find fresh might well lurk in the freezer. There's also a sandwich counter if you're looking for lunch.
3417 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208
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