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Oct 6, 2006 04:58 AM

Looking for new places to find ingredients in Sacramento

Sacramento people,

Other than:
the farmer's market
Trader Joes
Italian Food Company
Corti Brothers

Where do you go for good ingredients and foodstuffs? Any recommended Mexican markets, Asian Markets, Eastern European, fish distributors or wholesalers???

Thanks in advance,

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  1. SF Chinese market at 65th St and Stockton Blvd.

    La Superior Mexican market on Stockton Blvd North of Fruitridge on the west side of the street.

    Are both good choices.


    1. Taylor's Market on Freeport! Wonderful butcher shop and fresh fish...and many other great ingredients there. Love the place.


      1. when I first move here I could only find pine nuts in health food stores. It's much better now. Nugget in West sac has good produce and cheese as does Whole Foods.

        1. A nice array of Middle Eastern groceries can be found at Mediterranean Market and Deli at 1547 Fulton Ave. It is in between Pier1 and Smart and Final.

          I've perused the selection at the european market up the street but have not purchased anything there but it looks great its between El Camino and Marconi on the west side of the street.

          As for mexican I was given the recommendation of the Lopez market in the attached link:

          Fish at reasonable prices can be had at the farmers market on Sunday. Perhaps Melly can chime in on some of her finds there.

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          1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

            I am glad to know about the mid-Eastern grocer and Lopez. Dimsumgirl is the "go to girl" when it comes to the Sunday farmers market and she goes for Shogun salmon...and next Sunday will be the last call for salmon there till next season.

            Oto's Japan Food on Freeport-nice store.

            I skipped getting oysters Sunday cause didn't want to shuck em for just me. My husband is not a raw oyster fan...but I love em. It seems wrong to eat raw oysters all alone. I gotta hit the sack.


            1. re: melly

              Try out the kumamotos. That's how I learned to shuck oysters. Now I like the Atlantics-- harder to shuck but so yummy!

              Don't eat the oysters alone-- give me a call and we can shuck away! The guy that used to sell for the oyster company set me up with a glove. I have two oyster knives so anyway who wants to do an oysterfest, let me know!

              1. re: dimsumgirl

                I know how to do it...and I do have a knife! I do much better with the larger ones, I must admit. Let's get it on! We better order oysters ahead of time then. We could go halfsies on Sunday at the market!

                1. re: melly

                  I know that we are meeting up soon for lunch. Let's make plans then. Or maybe we can order up some Chinese style oysters while we are at it!

                  1. re: dimsumgirl

                    Yes, yes and yes. I hope some of these Sacto types check out Melly's site and try to make it to the lunch.


          2. These are all great sources. The farmer market fish mongers are the right choice. Great mussels from the oyster guy, and salmon fresh from Half Moon Bay or Noyo Harbor. Those are our standards

            I also hear that Fins, the restaurant/fish monger in Fair Oaks and further out is coming downtown to 10th and S. Finally, good escolar on the way home from downtown. It is hard to find a good fish monger in sac. I have been craving monchong...

            4 Replies
            1. re: Mr Conlin

              Fins is actually coming to 19th and S. Right accross the street from the Safeway. Very much looking forward to that.

              1. re: sugit

                There's a Fins opening up at Munroe and Fair Oaks where Pescados (how appropriate) used to be. Could it be another branch? Thanks

                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                  Correct. They are opening two new locations, the one on Fair Oaks and the one on 19th and S.

                  I read they were only planning on opening the one on 19th, but when the Pescados location opened up, they felt they couldn't pass up the opportunity.

                  1. re: sugit

                    Thanks, I was so curious that I decided to check it out today. My appetite was off so I opted for the crab sandwich. It had lots of crab and it wasn't too mayonaisey. They added sweet pickle relish and little pieces of processed american cheese, both of which IMHO did not add anything to the salad. The fish in the market part looked excellent. Nice selection without being excessive.