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Johnny Jun 7, 2001 10:38 AM

I saw an article in the Seattle newspaper about Uwajimaya. Being new to Seattle, I was wondering where are some places to shop for different ethnic groceries? (Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Kosher...)

Also, are there any New York/Jewish style Delis to be found? You know the kind where one can get matzo balls and corned beef sandwiches with corned beef piled 2" high.

Thanks in advance.

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    steve RE: Johnny Jun 7, 2001 02:11 PM

    To put a somewhat finer point on Johnyy's question, where can one buy terrifically fresh flour tortillas? Extra points for being near downtown Seattle, and for being open in the evening.

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    I saw an article in the Seattle newspaper about Uwajimaya. Being new to Seattle, I was wondering where are some places to shop for different ethnic groceries? (Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Kosher...)

    Also, are there any New York/Jewish style Delis to be found? You know the kind where one can get matzo balls and corned beef sandwiches with corned beef piled 2" high.

    Thanks in advance.

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      sue RE: steve Jun 7, 2001 02:34 PM

      I forgot to mention in my last post The Mexican Grocery, also in the Pike Place Market. They sell fresh made tortillas (corn and flour) and fresh masa if you want to make your own. They're at 1914 Pike Pl., 206-441-1147

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        steve RE: sue Jun 7, 2001 06:16 PM

        Will definitely try--thanks!

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        Todd RE: steve Jun 7, 2001 09:15 PM

        No. There are no NY style Delis in Seattle. There are not even any acceptable Delis where one can get a decent Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich. Some restaurants have tried to deliver this quality to the NW but none have succeeded. It is the sad truth.

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          steve RE: Todd Jun 7, 2001 11:13 PM

          > No. There are no NY style Delis in Seattle. There are not even any acceptable Delis where one can get a decent Corned Beef or Pastrami Sandwich. Some restaurants have tried to deliver this quality to the NW but none have succeeded. It is the sad truth.

          I suspect you were trying to respond to a different message than the one to which you actually responded.

          In an attempt to pick up your thread, though, have you tried Roxy's for pastrami sandwiches? They operate two outlets in downtown Seattle on 1st Ave. They're easily the best I've had, and reasonably big to boot.

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            daryn RE: steve Jun 8, 2001 01:47 AM

            There's only one roxy's on first now (the diner) the other one closed.. There's also one at crossroads in bellevue, and the original at cascioppio brothers in ballard. They've got great meats and wines up there too..

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        sue RE: Johnny Jun 7, 2001 02:29 PM

        I've always been a big fan of Pacific Food Importers. It's on the edge of the International District behind Hush Studios. They sell bulk spices and carry a good assortment of cheeses (you have to buy it by the pound, but if you're extra nice, they might bend the rules). They also stock a good selection of pastas and Mediterranean/Middle Eastern staples -- such as hummous, falafel mix, pita bread, olive oils and even some Mexican groceries.... and a lot more.

        Also in Seattle is The Souk in the Pike Place Market. I haven't been there for quite some time since I discovered PFI, but I remember that The Souk carried lots of great Indian spices and they carried a Thai style curry paste that I really liked. Their prices were very reasonable.
        And El Mercado Latino (if it's still there) in the Pike Place Market carries Central America and South American groceries.

        As for East Coast style food, I like the Liberty Deli in West Seattle, but I suspect East Coasters might be disappointed with what they find (I think the corned beef there rocks, but I'm a native Northwesterner, so what do I know?). On a kitschy note, they also have dinner theater on weekend nights during the fall and winter.

        And moving on down south .... I really like the 99 Ranch Market at the Great Wall Shopping Mall in Kent (18230 E. Valley Hwy). It's an excellent, large Asian grocery store with all kinds of great finds (and much better parking than Uwajimaya). They also have live fish for sale and some prepared foods that are quite good.

        There also are Indian grocery stores on Kent's East Hill. India Bazaar (20936 108th Ave. S.E.) and the nearby K.K. Foods and Video (they carry hard to find Indian and Pakistani produce).

        And very close to India Bazaar and K.K. Foods and Video is Green Mart, a Ukrainian grocery store in Kent. They sell a lot of Eastern European staples and an impressive array of smoked sablefish.

        Happy shopping. I have lots of other finds, but I thought this post was getting a bit too long. If there's interest, I'll post more.

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          Todd RE: Johnny Jun 7, 2001 04:03 PM

          Food Lover's Guide to Seattle. It's by Katy Calcott and was just published in May.

          I'm a native Seattleite of 30 years and still learned some things. I'd say it's indespensible if you're 1.) new to seattle and 2.) love food!

          Barnes and Noble, Borders and all local bookstores should carry it (I picked it up at Borders in Redmond Town Center last Saturday and they still had a few) but I've included the link as well on Amazon.

          For deli sandwiches you MUST check out Salumi downtown (309 3rd Ave in Pioneer Square). It's NOT a NY Jewish Style deli, rather Italian but it's very, very good. The owner, Armandino Batali is the father of Mario Batali of NY restaurant fame. Only downside is that they're only open Tuesday through Friday until 5pm or so (or at least they used to be).

          Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI...

          Image: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/157...

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