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Latin Grocery Stores in the Seattle Area?

I recieved a couple of Mexican and Southwestern cookbooks as gifts. I'd love to cook from them but am not quite sure where to get some of the specialty ingredients. I love going to the ID for Asian ingredients, are there any areas similar for Latin foods?

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  1. In South Park (across the 12th Ave bridge from Marginal Way) is the unfortunately named Mexi-Mart, and on up the hill behind it to Burien and White Center are a bunch of places, many of which have been mentioned here.

    1. There are a couple of places in the Pike Place Market--one is specifically Mexican and the other is more broadly Latino. A lot of the Southeast Asian places--the warehouse types-- in the ID also sell some Latino ingredients. QFC in University Village also has a surprisingly good Mexican section. And I believe there's a place north of and across the street from Pho Bac, at the head of Jackson and Rainier Ave. South.

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      1. re: PAO

        The place near Pho Bac is Carniceria Azteca. It looked very promising when I looked around: alot of meats, mexican cheeses, chiles, Jarritos sodas, etc. It may have most of what you need depending on how deep your cookbooks are. I don't recall the vegetable selection clearly, but that may have been lacking.

        On Greenwood Ave near 85th there is a place called La Conasupo that is is a market that has been mentioned here for its Sunday barbacoa. They also have a good selection of dried and canned ingredients, especially chiles, but I don't think they have anything fresh.

        1. re: PAO

          The Mexican one, on Pike Place near Starbuck's #1 has fresh masa in bulk, so you don't need to mix your own...

        2. 99/Aurora north through Shoreline and on into Everett also has a number of small Latino groceries. If a place calls itself a 'carniceria', it probably has a butcher counter as well.

          What are some of the specialty items that you might be looking for? Produce, meat, condiments?

          paulj

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          1. re: paulj

            A little bit of everything! Mainly, some produce, condiments, spices, a good selection of peppers...

            I've just started flipping through the books and haven't decided on any particular recipes, I'm just trying to get a good idea on where to shop/search when I do get ready to cook.

            1. re: katwright

              Many area groceries have a hispanic section. Typically these have many of the same condiments (La Victoria brand, etc), and dried spices (in cello packages) as the specialty stores. Dried peppers are also available in cello packages, though a specialty shop will have them in bulk. Most produce sections also have cilantro, jicama, poblano peppers, some other fresh peppers, plantains, and tomatillos. The quality of this produce will depend on turn over; often it is better in large grocery or general purpose produce stand than in a small hispanic market. Up north, my favorite produce market is appears to have Vietnamese ownership, but the selection spans all the recent immigrant populations.

              The hispanic aisle of big grocery might be stocked by the same distributor(s) that supply the specialty shops. An online shop like http://store.amigofoods.com
              gives an idea of the kinds of items that are imported into the USA.

              paulj

          2. Guadalupe Market at 1111 SW 128th Street in Burien is a pretty well-stocked Latino market. They make wonderful fresh tortillas right there in the store, too.

            1. Lucy's La Tienda on Aurora Ave N near 153rd is a good little market with a wide variety of Mexican specialties, canned goods, spices, snacks, etc. They have fantastic fresh tamales for sale every Friday afternoon, 6 of them for $7.50, you can buy 'em while they are still warm if you get there at the right time. Also try the Mexican coconut popsicles in the little freezer by the door... great!

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              1. re: lordkoos

                I think you mean Lupe's Tienda. I shop there quite a lot.