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Apr 10, 2007 08:32 PM

Sun View Market

Does anyone in the Chicago area go to Sun View Market? We're getting one in Rockford (if it ever opens, that is) and was just curious what to expect. As far as I know, there are only a couple of other locations and they're both somewhere in the Chicagoland area. Any input would be appreciated.

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  1. The Sun View Market in Niles is a great store. I enjoy shopping there. It is clean and bright. The staff is efficient and friendly. I would say it is tied for my second favorite store in Niles (the mecca of ethnic grocery shopping). The produce is always fresh and reasonably priced. The meat and fish are also of fairly good quality and inexpensive. They don't carry the fanciest cuts of meat there, but I have gotten some very good choice rib-eyes a few times. They seem to always have deals on Chicken and Pork like Chicken legs for .39/lb and pork shoulder for .99/lb, as well as whole trout and mackerel for under $3/lb. They also carry more unusual items like fresh goat and rabbit.

    The store caters to a variety of ethnic communities in the area, who are not well served by the corporate chains. Therefore, I imagine the product selection would vary depending on local demand. In Niles, they have many Russian, Indian, Greek, Polish, Filipino, Middle Eastern and Mexican foods. The deli section has a good selection of Greek Cheeses and olives, including 7 types of Feta cheese from 5 different countries. The deli meats consist of predominately Russian and Eastern European sausages. I think the Russian deli at Farmer's Best down the street is more appealing. The ethnic bread selection is the best I have seen, featuring fresh baked goods from at least a dozen different bakeries ranging from artisanal Russian and Eastern European rye breads to Afghan style Lavash. One bakery delivers Italian and Greek bread to the store daily. The dairy section also stocks an array of European and Russian yogurts, butters and farmer's cheeses. They also have a decent selection of Polish and Mexican beer, as well as Greek wine and Liquor.

    I only have two problems with the place. First of all, they don't carry a big selection of staple or brand name type products, so I still have to make a trip to another store to complete my shopping list. Also, they have an ever changing selection of products, which makes shopping interesting, but it makes it hard to plan ahead. Again, I often find myself traveling to another store to get something I know Sun View had in stock a week earlier.

    Anyhow, if the store in Rockford is like the one in Niles, I am sure it will be a welcome addition to Rockford's grocery resources.