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Best Dried Chiles in New Haven Area?

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surrys Feb 12, 2007 07:03 AM

I'm looking for a good source for dried chiles (e.g. ancho, pasilla, guajillo, etc.). I've tried the ones at C-Town in Fair Haven, and haven't been terribly excited with their quality. Can anyone recommend a good chile source in the New Haven Area? Thanks in advance.

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    chefstu RE: surrys Feb 12, 2007 05:15 PM

    Try Chico's Market, way out Chapel St. by Ferry St..

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      Scargod RE: chefstu Jun 23, 2008 06:13 AM

      I'm not finding this place via Google. Is it still there and does it still have a good selection of dried chiles? How about fresh poblanos? All I tend to find is wrinkly, old, dried out ones (in Gringo land).

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        chefstu RE: Scargod Jun 23, 2008 07:54 AM

        I'll do a drive by today and check it out. If not I've also bought dried chili's of good quality on Grand Ave. in Fair Haven before C-Town at the Mexican markets.

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          mmalmad RE: chefstu Jun 23, 2008 09:05 AM

          I have seen a nice selction at #1 Market on Ella T Grasso Blvd in New Haven.

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            Scargod RE: mmalmad Jun 26, 2008 06:46 AM

            Near there, about a quarter mile from 122, on Boston Post Road, is Taqueria Mexicana, #2 (there's one in Wallingford, CT). A real find was a large assortment of dried peppers, from Mexico! Also sells a few groceries. Jarritos and beer. Mexican cheese.
            The food is quite good, if you haven't tried it! There was only one person cooking, waitressing and selling goods (yesterday), so service was very slow, but it's worth the wait. Has an amazing selection of the best authentic (soft) tacos, tortas and tamales that you can find. They have tacos al pastor, cactus (nopales) and lingua. A no-frills place that is easy to miss. On S. side of street. The menu is not entirely in Spanish but the cook/waitress spoke only Spanish....
            702 Boston Post Road
            West Haven, CT 06516
            (203) 931-8534

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            Scargod RE: chefstu Jun 27, 2008 04:19 PM

            I bought some really fresh poblanos in C-Town and they have quite a selection of Mexican ingredients, including many dried peppers (in two locations in the store), chorizo and cheeses. I just need to improve my Spanish so I can get better help! Know how ethnicities get stereotyped?
            I kept asking for chorizo and (being a gringo), was taken to the salami and assured it was the chorizo!

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            chefstu RE: Scargod Jun 23, 2008 05:07 PM

            I went by Chico's market, still open at the corner of Ferry and Chapel.

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              Scargod RE: chefstu Jun 24, 2008 05:17 AM

              Oh boy! I'm going into town today....
              Thanks!

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          newhavener07 RE: surrys Jun 23, 2008 09:11 AM

          We need a good spice shop in this town! I wait until I'm up in Boston and then go to Christina's in Cambridge: good selection of chilies and ice cream shop next door!

          1. applehome RE: surrys Jun 24, 2008 07:27 AM

            mexgrocer is your friend. also penzey's.

            http://www.mexgrocer.com/catagories-s...

            http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

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