La Espanola Deli is the only Los Angeles-area store that deals exclusively in Spanish products. Every weekend, transplanted Spaniards crowd into the minuscule shop in an obscure area of Lomita to pick up some manchego cheese, or a chunk of serrano ham and some Spanish paprika for their Fabada Asturiana. They come in for the northern style chorizos de Bilbao that dangle on racks behind the shop’s compact deli case or for the tiny links of russet cantimpalito sausages of central Spain.
Tucked away in a Harbor City neighborhood in the County of Los Angeles is a hidden little gem just off Lomita Blvd—a simple unassuming commercial building with a modest exterior and a brightly lit interior.
La Espanola Meats a taste of Spain in local Southern California neighborhood. Paella, a native Spanish dish.
As you walk inside passing a rack of paella pans on your left, you come upon a display case of Spanish olive oils, cookies, chocolates and a variety of canned products. While just off to the right is an impressive floor to ceiling wall case of Spanish wines.
A table setup in the back by the deli section offers plates of fine Spanish cheeses cut in bite-sized cubes, thinly sliced sausages, breads, artichoke dip, pickled vegetable items and green olives, an irresistible enticement to sample and buy their products.
La Espanola Meats, Inc. is a retail store and wholesaler specializing in Spanish sausages, deli meats, cheeses and a wide variety of products from Spain. A popular hangout for many Spanish nationals as well as for local area residents with the taste for Spanish cuisine and specialty items.
Spanish Paella is a Saturday specialty at La Espanola Meats. Cooked in a gigantic Paella pan in the back of the building, customers can order a choice of seafood, meat or the house mixed Paella special that includes both seafood and meat.
"Spaniards do not eat hot spicy foods", says Motamedi. "Foods in Spain itself is not spicy at all. The texture is mild and flavorful, but not spicy."
A tent covered patio area located outside just right of the building, landscaped with potted plants, bougainvilleas and a running fountain offers a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your meal.
Aside from their well-known Paella dishes, tapas and sandwiches are also made to order.
For a taste of Spanish cuisine at a reasonable price, an afternoon drive to La Espanola Meats, Inc. in Harbor City is worth the trip.
"TO ENSURE YOUR PLATE OF PAELLA CALL AHEAD ** DON'T MISS OUT!"
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LA ESPAÑOLA MEATS, INC.
25020 DOBLE AVENUE
HARBOR CITY, CALIFORNIA 90710-3155
Phone: +1 310-539-0455
Fax: +1 310-539-5989
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