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West Side Market

joanW2002 Aug 20, 2006 07:08 PM

Recently on a trip to Cleveland we went to the West Side Market. What a great place. In addition to every kind of produce at reasonable prices, interesting vendors sell meats, seafood, cheeses, baked goods - fancy cakes and great breads, as well as pasta, spices and marinades. One purveyor sells just quiche - every kind you could imagine. Is there any place like this in the Chicago area? If there is, I will become a regular customer.

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    chicagoann RE: joanW2002 Aug 21, 2006 11:35 AM

    If by "Chicago area" you mean Milwaukee, then the answer is yes. If you're thinking anywhere within an hour drive of the city, the answer, sadly, is no.

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      jlawrence01 RE: joanW2002 Aug 21, 2006 02:21 PM

      No, Chicago does not have a central market. Howevr, Cleveland dows not have the wide variety of ethnic grocers that chicago. Also, Cleveland does not have good produce markets like Caputo's, Eurofresh, and the like.

      I was at the West Side Market nearly every week for the five years I was in Cleveland. The majority of the produce stands sold what I call surplus - the remainders from the various wholesale operations in the city. Don't get me wrong. It was OK produce at a great price and I bought a lot of it as we rarely ate at a restaurant in Cleveland. However, there were perhaps three or four produce stands (of thirty) that sold first rate quality stuff.

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