Open since 1987, Santa Monica’s Tehran Market has long been one of LA’s premier Persian grocers, a reliable source of spices, produce, and sweets for the city’s sizable Iranian population. As such, they’ve also been expanding almost since the day they first opened - their famed Sunday-only kebab grill, run out of the back parking lot, is now open all weekend long. What hasn’t changed is the sheer scope of everything they stock here; aisles filled with flatbreads, saffron sugar candies, pickled vegetables, teas, and rices, and freezers stocked with cheeses, halal meats, prepackaged meals, and (of course) pints of Mashti Malone ice cream. There’s also rows of spices, a small section of fresh produce, and one of the genuinely nicest staffs in all of LA.
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