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Mar 11, 2009 04:48 PM

Mexican groceries?

Does anyone know of a good grocery store for Mexican specialties? I'd prefer closer to Harrisburg, but I'm willing to travel to West Chester/Kennett Square area, too.

I'm looking for things like Oaxacan mole paste, dried chiles, and the like.

Where are the good tortillerias?


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  1. The Kennett Square area has a few good Mexican grocery stores. The one I go to is on Baltimore Pike at the southwest corner of Newark Rd. in (what I believe is) Toughkenamon, just west of Kennett. I'm sorry I can't recall the name of the store. I'll try to find out, though. I CAN tell you that they have a huge assortment of dried chiles, and aisles of Mexican canned and jarred products. There's also a small "cookware" department where I picked up a lavarock molcajete for $16 that is just like one that W-S sells for $49.

    (Edit) I found it! It's El Cunado Mexican Food Store. It's at 1160 Newark Rd., Toughkenamon, PA. (610) 268-2796.

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      1. re: csccat

        The Shoprite in East Norriton (Norristown) has a mexican food section. Variety of fresh vegetables in the produce section and an aisle with various packaged goods and refrigerated and frozen goods. Many kinds of dried peppers in cello packs. I'm sure a mexican grocery would have more selection, but the SR is pretty good for a mainstream grocery store.

        I will check for the Oax mole paste. I did see Oax cheese there today in the refrigerated section.

        1. re: EastPA

          I wasn't thinking in terms of super markets, but now that you mention it, the Giant market in Kennett has a huge aisle devoted to Mexican groceries, and the produce department always has a wonderful selection of fresh and dried chiles, tomatillos, avocados, and other items commonly used in Mexican cuisine.