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Mar 2, 2008 07:36 AM

Ethnic Grocers in Greater Ft Lauderdale

My apologies if this has been covered before, but I did a search back about 6 or 7 pages and didn't find anything comparable. I'd like to start a thread of favorite ethnic grocers in the greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward county area. It happens all the time - I pull out a cookbook and don't have one ingredient, like ground rose petals or fig leaves.

I'm interested in: Middle Eastern, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Thai, South American, West Indian, Malaysian, African, Eastern European, just about anything where I can go poke around and try go find what's in the packages I can't read. :)

Here are my contributions to get started.

Flavors of India
2088 N University Dr

Sahara Mediterranean Delight
3570 N State Road 7


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  1. Fernanda's International Food Market
    3045 N. Federal Highway

    1. Just take a trip down 441 between Commercial and Sunrise-ish. In that stretch there are at least 2 or 3 of lots of different markets, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Caribbean, Jamaican. On Military Trl. and Sample Rd. there is a huge Brazilian supermarket as well. For produce, I suggest the Swap Shop on Sunrise and Martin Luther King Jr. (Lyons). The produce area there has fresher, better produce with a much wider selection that almost any market or supermarket.

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      1. re: johnmlinn

        I have heard that the Swap Shop has good produce...Do you know if it is local? Is there a convenient place to park there if that is all you want to get?Thanks!

        1. re: gblcsw

          M-F the parking is free, on the weekends it's just a buck at the main entrance (34th st). I doubt all the produce is local, since there's a huge array of goods, things like jicama and seranos, etc. I'm sure some of it is local, like really fresh coconuts and sugar cane.

        2. re: johnmlinn

          I work around the corner from that area, and frankly, my results have been hit or miss. Sometimes I find great stuff, other places I wander into are just plain dirty. Any recommendations in particular?

          I do hit the swap shop once a month or so for produce - I should have thought of that and included it in my initial post.

          Thanks for the response!

        3. I was hoping someone could update this post. Looking for ethnic markets in Ft. Lauderdale.

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          1. re: barbt

            Try posting this on the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Board.