This Budget Cuisinier does not live by 99c only Stores alone. Sometimes I go for broke and hit up dollar stores. My latest find is Dollar King in Glendale, located in eastern L.A. county. For a dollar store, this one is a good one.
Glendale could be called "Little Armenian" with all the kebob and Middle Eastern eateries. When I lived there, tiny mom-and-pop Armenian grocery stores were my main cheap source for tomatoes, persimmons, cucumbers and other fresh produce. So with this Dollar King, the locals have another great market for all sorts of dried and precooked foodstuffs.
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Dollar King is quite large and the aisles are long and well stocked. You can read the Yelp reviews by clicking here.
There is also a cold deli case with eggs, milk and rows of cold drinks. They don't seem to presently stock cold cuts, yogurt or juices...yet. As with all dollar stores, they carry an over-abundance of cookies, sugary confections and oversalted chips -- so you need to have your junk food guard up!
They have many aisles of typical dollar store fare: batteries, dishes, clothing, party decorations, cleaning supplies, sunglasses, hardware, etc. I've only been there a couple of times so I'm sure the stock is changed out often, if they operate anything like the 99c only Stores.
There is a good selection of dry beans, bread, tortillas and bags of chips across from the deli case. I was especially impressed with the 10 ounce packages of dried soy beans, yellow and green peas. They also carried 6 ounce packages of harder to find red lentils and black-eyed peas.
You could easily make a delicious pasta dinner with just Dollar King ingredients. I found canned black olives, pasta sauce and several kinds of pasta -- even dried parmesan.
The 99c only Stores are know for unusual food finds and Dollar King has a few of their own, including: Mexican sweet bread "Pan Dulce," and roasted sunflower seeds called "Chi Chi" from Inner Mongolia!
And if you are craving confections, there are large bars of European style "Baron" dark chocolate.
1222 E. Colorado Blvd.
Glendale, California 91205