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Nov 19, 2008 06:21 PM

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.

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  1. Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge
    Wilson Farms in Lexington (although it's somewhat redundant of Russo's)
    Verrill Farm in Concord (to pay your respects)

    1. While you are at Sevan hit Arax.

      You can also hit the new Russian place in Needham, Baza (I think it the name).

      Karl's Sausage in Saugus.

      You'll be doing a lot of driving if you hit all those in one day.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        After Arax, walk half block up Mt. Auburn to Massis:

        1. re: Taralli

          And as long as you're at it, Eastern Lamejun and Sophia's Greek Pantry nearby on Belmont. And the nut shop on Mt. Auburn (whose name I'm blanking on--Fastashi? something like that). Tabrizi Bakery (Persian) in Watertown Sq.

          1. re: Aromatherapy

            Was just in Greek Pantry and they have very little worth stopping in for. Don't quite understand how they stay in business. Also Eastern Lamejun does not have much that Arax and Sevan don't cover. Tabrizi bakery however is AWESOME and Fastachi is great too.

      2. 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.

        1. by car...

          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)

          by train...

          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

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          1. re: galangatron

            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.

            1. re: galangatron

              I don't really find that Kotobukiya is worth a special trip unless you are specifically seeking out Japanese items. Most of what they have can be found in other places that are much more of a destination: Kam Man, Reliable, etc.

            2. And in the Southend:

              Syrian Grocery Importing Company
              (617) 426-1458
              270 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118