Asian grocery stores in Boca/Delray?
Let's try this again. A lack of reply seems to indicate these don't exist?
Looking for Asian grocery stores in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, or anywhere nearby. I'll be needing a few Japanese ingredients that won't likely be in regular grocery stores.
I dont know the name but i shop at one on the corner of Lantana and Military and they have a good selection.
FWIW there is an Indian grocery store hidden away in East Boca.
I go here a few times a year for garam masala and bags of whole coriander, cardamon, etc.
Indian Grocery at 1890 NW Boca Raton Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 561-338-6410
there is market in Boca Raton on federal between spanish river and Glades on the west side of federal highway, very clean oriental market, dnt kow the name
Boca Oriental Market
2431 N Federal Hwy # 2431
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Clean, well stocked and the food I bought was fresh. Knowledgeable staff showed me 3 different options on how to make a certain dish. 1.1 miles north of Glades Road and 1.6 miles south of Yamato Rd.
Check address in Google street view, its clearly visible on the West side of Fed. Hwy.
Here's a market in Deerfield Beach that's larger than the Boca Oriental Market and closer than the one in Coconut Creek.
Cho Nam-A, also called the Asian Food and Gift Market, is in Deerfield Beach at 3280 W Hillsboro Blvd (954-421-7263.) It's on the south side of Hillsboro in an old strip plaza just east of Powerline. They've got a good selection of Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese groceries along with some Japanese and a decent selection of fresh and frozen items.
That said, going to Coconut Creek to pick up your special ingredients provides a good excuse to stop at Saigon City. Like SaminSFL, we're big fans.
When we moved to West Palm Beach, FL last year without doing much research, we found to our shock that there are not many Indian grocery stores in the area to shop and cook once in a while - not even a decent Indian restaurant to go out once in a while.
For 5 months, we suffered shopping at some small, desperate, dirty and understocked stores. Then like a blessing, I ran into a stranger at a bank who informed me about Little India Grocery Store, Boca Raton. We could not locate Little India because they are fairly new and did not have a presence on the Internet to find them. I happened to have an interview one day in Boca and stopped by at Little India grocery store and was in for huge a surprise! The store was large, decent (tinted glasses to prevent Florida heat), very clean and spacious with isles of inventory - with one full isle dedicated solely to refrigerated/frozen items with a row of big refrigerators. The friendly owner greeted me politely, gave me a brief tour (!) and told me not to hesitate to ask if I had any questions or needed help. I found a variety of groceries that other stores did not have and found the prices much less than what we were paying elsewhere. This is the kind of shopping experience anyone wants to have - knowing that the store will not try to rip us off with bloated prices. I packed more groceries for less money and at the end it was a pleasurable and memorable experience.
Will I travel 30+ miles to Little India Grocery store, Boca again for groceries? Yes I will - it is not the distance or pricing - it is the ethics and decency - knowing that the store does not nickel and dime me squeezing dollars out of my pocket desperately and greedily. I would frequent a store that builds its reputation from being honest and reasonable.
Little India Grocery Store
2800 N Federal Highway, Unit #5
Boca Raton, FL 33431
We come to FL for a couple of months every winter and generally stay at places with kitchens so we can eat in. I've looked for Asian markets for a few years and there really aren't any Asian "supermarkets" that I've been able to find. Here's a link to Wikipedia that has a compendium of Asian markets across the country. You'll see that very few are in FL and those seem to be centered in Orlando, not too convenient to those of us living/visiting South Florida.
Just to update this thread:
While shopping at The Boy's, I overheard a fellow shopper mention as Asian market on Lantana Road and Military in Lantana. I checked it out yesterday and it is, indeed, a well-stocked grocery store with a surprisingly large selection of products from SE Asia and China. Fresh fruits and vegetables were scarce (I visited on a Sunday), but otherwise, worth a stop. In a strip mall (anchored by CVS) on the NW corner of Lantana and Military Trail.
There is one on Federal Highway in Boca. Sorry, but I do not know the name. Fortune Cookie is a lilttle bit north but has a great selection.