Suggestions for Boston's Best Market Tour
I am going on a driving tour of Greater Boston's best non-chain food markets on Saturday. I'm skipping Chinatown because I can get there on the T... this is a driving tour.
Definite stops so far:
- Sevan, Watertown
- Russo's, Watertown
- Kam Man, Quincy
Any other suggestions for can't-be-missed markets? Is there a Japanese market somwhere? I would love to find a Greek market or a Polish/Russian/Eastern European market. Also would love Indian, Pakistani, Italian, Portuguese or Southeast Asian.
I also want the stop to be worth our while... no cramped holes in the wall with dusty jars and questionable boxes of frozen food that have been in the freezer for ages. I want truly inspiring, jaw-dropping markets that I haven't had the privilege of visiting yet.
Thanks in advance.
Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge
Wilson Farms in Lexington (although it's somewhat redundant of Russo's)
Verrill Farm in Concord (to pay your respects)
In town (so save for T days) - Meat etc. markets by Polonia / Dot Ave; Bazaar in Allston and Brookline (East European); itaunas suggestions for Brazilian and Portuguese markets (some of these might be better by car - Everett/Chelsea, etc. - some are near U Sq, Smville and E Somerv). Union Square has a ton of markets, AND has an "ethnic markets" tour sponseresdby Som Arts Council, where the owners chat abt their food and stories. All of these suggestions can be researched on the board except maybe the SAC tour.
battambang market (se asian, lowell)
sure pinoy market (filipino, quincy)
patel brothers and waltham india grocery (indian, waltham)
new england meat market (american, italian, and greek, peabody)
kotobukiya (japanese, porter sq)
baltic deli (polish, south boston)
euromart (polish, south boston)
berezka (russian, allston)
bazaar (russian, brookline and allston)
lots of other options in the area but they are T accessible
My tour de food always includes Russo's, Savenor's, Formaggio, a stop at Christina's or Pensy's for spices, a visit to my man Carl at the New Deal Fish Market and a quick pop in to the live poultry fresh kill. Sometimes I'll go crazy and head over to Kotobukiya or to the Reliable in Union.
And in the Southend:
Syrian Grocery Importing Company
270 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118