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Best Ethnic Markets on Peninsula

emily Jul 10, 2009 10:53 AM

Moved recently to Menlo Park and am looking for guidance on the best ethnic markets in my area.

In particular, but not limited to:
Middle Eastern
Indian
Korean
Russian (went to the one behind Mt. View Costco and it was alright, but not as good as my old standby)
Japanese

Chinese I would guess is the 99 Ranch Market.

Mexican is fairly easy since there are a bunch in Redwood City, but specific recommendations are welcome. Recommended brands of fresh corn tortillas are also welcome.

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  1. RWCFoodie RE: emily Jul 10, 2009 09:28 PM

    For Middle Eastern I'd go to either Alhana Foods on 37th Ave in San Mateo or Rose Intl. Market in Mountain View.

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    Rose International Market
    1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

    Alhana
    25 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA

    1. RWCFoodie RE: emily Jul 10, 2009 09:31 PM

      For Korean, try Hankook Supermarket in Sunnyvale

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      Hankook Supermarket
      1092 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA

      1. anyhow RE: emily Jul 10, 2009 11:04 PM

        For Japanese, I suggest Nijiya Market in Mountain View or San Mateo (although I've only shopped at the Mountain View branch).

        You might also check Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park -- great personal service in a small (read: tiny) shop.

        Here is the contact info, and I will create a link:
        1151 Chestnut St
        Menlo Park, CA 94025
        (650) 325-2046

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        Nijiya Market
        143 E El Camino Real Mountain, View, CA

        Nijiya Market
        1956 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA

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          3ringcircus RE: anyhow Jul 15, 2009 11:26 PM

          I'll second the Nijiya recommendation... the Mountain View location is smallish, but clean and well stocked.

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            cranberryskies RE: anyhow Aug 11, 2009 12:02 PM

            I prefer Suruki on 4th in San Mateo to Nijiya. Homier, with better prepared foods and mochi selection.

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            Suruki Supermarket
            71 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA

          2. Shane Greenwood RE: emily Jul 11, 2009 09:40 AM

            The Chavez market at 5th & El Camino is one of the better markets for Mexican goods. Excellent produce selection for latin cooking, butcher, some prepared meats and condiments, and a good tacqueria. Great store.

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            Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria
            46 5th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

            1. Shane Greenwood RE: emily Jul 11, 2009 09:42 AM

              There is a good Indian market in Namaste Plaza on Ralston & El Camino in Belmont.

              890 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA‎

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              Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria
              46 5th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

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                ML8000 RE: emily Jul 11, 2009 11:42 AM

                I haven't been to the one in Mountain View but Mi Pueblo (I go to the one in Oakland) is a great Mexican market, sort of a 99 Ranch type model, bakery, deli, clean, modern operations, advertised specials, etc.

                1. emily RE: emily Jul 13, 2009 06:53 PM

                  Great -- thanks for all the recs!

                  1. Cicely RE: emily Jul 15, 2009 10:34 PM

                    Rose Market is good, it was walking distance from my old apartment. They have cheap kebabs that are pretty decent, and a really nice-looking meat counter (halal of course). It's Persian.

                    I went to quite a few of the Indian markets and couldn't quite make up my mind as to which was best. There's the one at Namaste, the one next to Madras Cafe (also on Camino, and technically in Mtn View), but I kind of favor India Cash & Carry, which was recommended by a Sri Lankan restaurateur in Santa Cruz. Then again, he might have just mentioned it because it's the farthest south.

                    Super Kyo-Po is the best and biggest of the Korean markets.

                    rworange did some pretty comprehensive reviews of Eastern European markets on the Peninsula, you should do a search.

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                      goodeatsgal RE: emily Jul 23, 2009 03:46 PM

                      For Asian foods in general, try Marina Market in San Mateo (Hillsdale Blvd. exit, east side). They are more "pan-Asian" than 99 Ranch - not as large a selection of Chinese food, but they have a whole aisle of Japanese food as well as an aisle of Thai and Indonesian foods.

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                        tristan RE: emily Jul 23, 2009 04:03 PM

                        Does anyone know of a market that does Vietnamese groceries in particular? Could be on the Peninsula or South Bay.
                        I'm itching to try making my own Bahn Mi...

                        1. rworange RE: emily Aug 9, 2009 08:42 PM

                          I'm going to just drop all my lists for Eastern European food in the Bay Area.

                          http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/192
                          http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/199
                          http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/212

                          What was your old standby?

                          Crossroads World Market on San Antonio in Palo Alto is good. They have some great yogurt. It is not only Russian but a mix of a lot of countries. They have some nice Greek stuff there. I don't know where Costco is, so I don't know if this is the one you disliked. There's a few markets in that area though. Maybe you are talking about Europa Express though. Or maybe Samovar? In their old location they were great and had a wonderful bakery. Now they seem to focus on catering. They still have a good borsht.

                          A Russian market nearest you and one I think is very good is Euromart on El Camino in Palo Alto. This is one of the last I found and I don't know how many zillion times I passed it withouth noticing it.

                          Of course you know about Dittmars, a German meat market in Mountain Vieern w. Milk Pail also has some good East European stuff though that is not their primary focus.

                          My favorite place is Polish Deli which is really small, but it is THE place to get Keilbasa and ham. I often make sure to make a trip there for the holidays.

                          Kind of far from you, but Russian Family Deli and Bakery is good.

                          I also like Winmart.

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                            chowmeaow RE: emily Aug 12, 2009 11:02 AM

                            For Indian groceries, I like the Bharat Bazar in Fremont.

                            It is clean. It has wide aisles. good selection of Indian as well as some middle-eastern spices.
                            You can easily buy cart full of of fresh produce, frozen food and produce, dairy products, grains, snacks and spices here. They also have fresh samosas and other freshly made Indian snacks and entries.

                            Bharat Bazar
                            41081 Fremont Blvd
                            Fremont, CA 94538

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