West Side Market
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.
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.