The Baryozka European Food store has been open only three weeks now, and when I happened upon it by chance today, I was very delighted. It's primarily for Russian and Eastern European foods, but a number of things are from other places.
First of all, the service is excellent, with one employee offering to explain anything in the store only minutes after I'd walked in. I declined help until the end, and had a very nice $25 romp through all the confectionaries, frozen pelemini, varieties of kvass and birch-sap soda, cheeses, real bacon, and heavenly dried salami of virtually every description.
When I asked about the bacon, the woman behind the deli counter offered a small slice. I ordered a half pound, then asked about hard salami and was quickly presented with three sample slices. I ordered half a pound each of the best two, but all three were aromatic, rich tasting and a far cry for what passes for Dry Italian Salame in California these days. Also they had dark heavy breads, but I had to pass after stocking up at Trader Joe's the day before.
Anyway, a good selection of interesting food items plus the old-fashioned service here makes this a place worth to drive to.
Baryozka European Food
6845 Five Star Blvd.