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Looking for a Mexican grocery store

conito Oct 21, 2008 08:44 PM

First of all, I'm new to Massachusetts and so far I LOVE IT HERE!!! Sorry. It's the fall leaves.

Anyways, I am looking for a mexican grocery store where I can buy some dried chiles, some mole poblano, some canned corn for pozloe, cheap spices, good produce, you know, that sort of thing. Thanks!

I am in Amesbury, but I am not afraid to drive out of the area. Hey, I have to get to know where I live somehow.

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    pierce RE: conito Oct 21, 2008 08:56 PM

    Full disclosure: I have no idea where Amesbury is (no car), so there may be better closer, but HiLo Foods here in JP is my best bet for these and other staples. I haven't had the produce there so I can't vouch, but as a consolation you can get "hecho in mexico" coke with real sugar... heaven in a glass bottle

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      purple bot RE: pierce Oct 21, 2008 09:25 PM

      I second HiLo. It's a large, full on supermarket for Latin goods. You can't go wrong.

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        Allstonian RE: pierce Oct 22, 2008 04:05 AM

        Amesbury is north of Newburyport, right on the NH border. Mexican grocers in Lawrence, Lowell, or even Lynn would probably be a lot easier for conito to get to than anything in Boston.

        Conito - you might also get some help if you post your question on the New England board.

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        bear RE: conito Oct 22, 2008 06:00 AM

        Welcome to Mass.! I'm not familiar with stores in the Amesbury area. If you just feel like getting out and exploring, you could hit Moody St. in Waltham. La Chapincita is a small Mexican grocery store with a decent selection of canned and frozen items, as well as Central American crema and tortillas. There are a few things I can't find there, but in general it is a decent source. You could then hit up some of the Indian grocers and check out the good prices and nice variety of produce on Moody. Hi-Lo is fun, too, although I find that the Mexican focus is less than it used to be 15-20 years ago.

        I agree with Allstonian about checking out the places in Lowell, Lawrence, and other northern cities and duplicating this post on the NE board.

        1. BobB RE: conito Oct 22, 2008 08:03 AM

          If you feel like coming into the city, La Internacional in Union Square, Somerville has a great selection of imported Mexican canned goods, fresh tortillas, spices, and even a small fresh produce section with plantains and such.

          La Internacional Foods Corp
          318 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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            Gio RE: BobB Oct 22, 2008 08:48 AM

            For a start you might check out the Market Basket in Rowley...just south of you .... on Rte.1 North. There's a sizable section of Mexican canned and packaged goods plus the produce aisles have many fresh chilis, etc.

          2. TheTrout RE: conito Oct 22, 2008 09:19 AM


            Another vote for La Chapincita in Waltham. Also have found that the Asian grocery store "Super 88" sells a good assortment of Mexican/South American basics.

            Also, check out:


            You can buy just about everything Mexican, except fresh produce. Their charge for shipping is very reasonable, it's based on the dollar value of your order, not the weight. Given the fact that quite a bit of an order might be stuff in cans, this is a good deal!

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              mathteacher RE: conito Jan 27, 2009 10:01 PM

              There is a new tiny Mexican shop across from Romano's in Roslindale Square (though Romano's is Mexican run, they are not related). I think it's called El Chavo, but not sure. They carry fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, chiles, nopal (cactus), etc. In the fridge, they have fresh tortillas (white and blue corn), manteca (lard), crema and mexican cheeses. Apparently they have fresh salsas and tamales on the weekend. They also have spices and dried chiles and other Mexican grocery goods, candy, pastry, etc. Very small operation, but the people are very friendly. When I went in the other day for 1.25 pounds of tomatillos, the guy working there apologized and said there would be getting a fresh shipment from NY on Friday. However, they had lots of good quality ones in my estimation, and they were much cheaper than Shaw's ($2/lb vs. $8/lb). I've been to HiLo...this place is much cleaner.

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