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Looking for Mexican supermarket instead of DELRAY

Berns Mar 1, 2007 10:02 AM

Since my favorite Mexican (and international) supermarket Delray on Foster and Belmont has gone out of buisiness can anyone recommend a replacement for me? (Northside or not too far West)
Liked their Mexican cuts of meat and Mexcian groceries and general produce

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    amoncada Mar 16, 2007 08:21 AM

    Cermak Foods on Kedzie is fantastic. Also try Tony's Finer foods (on Elston?), Edgewater Produce on Clark Street in Andersonville, Certified Foods on Blue Island just South of 18th street in Pilsen has a great butcher and produce shop. You must stop nextdoor to La Casa Del Pueblo for Amazing Homestyle Mexican eats like; Mole, pork stew in green sauce, tamale's, sope's, tostada's (unbelievable), chicken soup, picadillo, dried shrimp patties, menudo, barbacoa, etc. Everything is excellent here. Not a taco and burrito joint.

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      SKing Mar 7, 2007 08:28 AM

      While traveling into Logan Square might be inconvenient, Tiangus on Milwaukee, just south of Kimball. Actually, just about any green grocer in Logan Square has excellent Mexican produce and super cheap. 10 lb. brick of Chihuahua cheese for $10 (if you ever need that much cheese), and $1 avocados.

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        Berns Mar 2, 2007 07:56 AM

        Yes, I was referring to the closed DelRay on Broadway (not Belmont) and Foster.
        And many thanks for all the replies. Lots of good places to check out.
        We are lucky to live in a city with so many rich and diverse choices when it comes to ethnic foods.

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          jmiller07 Mar 2, 2007 07:30 AM

          I'm not sure about the name but there is one at belmont and california that is great Best ox tails in town and they sell amazing taco's.

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            Querencia Mar 1, 2007 07:54 PM

            Ye gods, yes. Go to Tony's Finer Foods. See phone book for addresses as there are several. Today I was at the one at Fullerton & Central Park. It is huge-huge (about six times the size of any DelRay) and has an extremely full line of everything possible. Great prices, too. BTW, possibly of interest to someone, the reason I made a trek there is that we find the Spanish brands of decaf coffee are more full-bodied and flavorful than American decaf, we think even moreso than Melitta. And yes, I know that Treasure Island carries a decaffeinated Spanish coffee, but they charge around $5.50 for it and at Tony's today I stocked up on Goya decaf at $2.99. I have to say that I prefer the produce at Edgewater Produce but for Hispanic staples of all kinds (dry, frozen, refrigerated) nobody in town can touch Tony's for vast selection.

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              Eldon Kreider Mar 1, 2007 07:11 PM

              Since Foster and Belmont run parallel 2.5 miles apart, I suspect that the closed Delray Farms was near Foster and Broadway.

              Edgewater Produce may be the closest good bet. However, HarvesTime (2632 West Lawrence) is owned by the same people and is very much larger and carries many more items. HarvesTime also has a parking lot.

              The Cermak Produce filling most of the 4200 block of North Kedzie dwarfs anything else on the North Side east of Central for Mexican produce and meats.

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                rubinow Mar 1, 2007 01:37 PM

                we sometimes go to Cermak groceries. They have several locations.

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                  lbs Mar 1, 2007 10:19 AM

                  edgewater produce on clark

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                    lbs Mar 16, 2007 08:29 AM

                    I noticed that a lot of Del Ray signs are on the window of the African Marketplace on Broadway (across the street from the now defunct Browns Chicken). I walked in it about a week ago and it appears that they have inheritated much of their produce, etc. It was a cool mix of ethnicies that made me proud to be a Chicagoan. I ended up some ginger type drinkand mole sauce

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