Nothing unites the world’s various cultures like dried meat. Lovers of jerky can find the stuff around town in establishments whose roots lie in Mexico, China, and (in theory, anyway) South Africa.

The Vietnamese love jerky, and Vua Kho Bo is just great, reports bsquared2, who says the name means “King of Beef Jerky.” Go for the lemongrass and chile beef. Clam jerky (!) is a personal favorite. There are a couple of branches in Little Saigon and one inside the San Gabriel Superstore, next to Yum Cha Café.

It’s not exactly gourmet, but People’s Choice jerky sits head and shoulders above the other snack brands, says rameniac. Western, teriyaki, and hot flavors are great, adds Skunk2Racer, who says you can buy it by the pound ($15) at headquarters.

Lindner Bison, based in Valencia, sells its excellent free-range, organic bison jerky made with just honey and salt at the Sunday Long Beach farmers’ market, says vickib. The market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teriyaki jerky at Prime Cut is positively addictive, says choysauce.

A&Z Nut Wagon’s jerky was named best beef jerky by Los Angeles magazine in 2006. It’s like nothing else, swears jasonsha.

Manhattan Meats makes its own jerky, and it’s pretty awesome, says Foodandwine.

Gallegos has great big peppery sheets of jerky—good stuff, says ellaystingray.

But there’s bad news for fans of the tender, spicy South African biltong at Springbok in Van Nuys: It’s no longer served there. Apparently the city got all up in Springbok’s business for not having the proper setup for meat processing, says Jerome.

Vua Kho Bo/New Jerky Mfg. [San Gabriel Valley]
Inside the San Gabriel Superstore
1635 S. San Gabriel Boulevard, San Gabriel

Vua Kho Bo/New Jerky Mfg. [Little Saigon]
9191 Bolsa Avenue #106, Westminster

Vua Kho Bo/New Jerky Mfg. [Little Saigon]
9717 Bolsa Avenue, Westminster

People’s Sausage [Downtown]
1132 E. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles

Lindner Bison
Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market [Long Beach]
Alamitos Bay Marina (E. Marina Drive south of E. Second Street)


Prime Cut Beef Jerky [San Gabriel Valley]
2017 S. Hacienda Boulevard, Hacienda Heights

A&Z Nut Wagon [East LA]
816 S. Lorena Street, Los Angeles

Manhattan Meats [South Bay]
1111 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach

Gallegos [Westside]
12470 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista

Board Link: The Ultimate Jerky List

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