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Jul 10, 2009 10:53 AM

Best Ethnic Markets on Peninsula

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
Russian (went to the one behind Mt. View Costco and it was alright, but not as good as my old standby)

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

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

    25 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA

    1. For Korean, try Hankook Supermarket in Sunnyvale

      Hankook Supermarket
      1092 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA

      1. 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

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

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

        2 Replies
        1. re: anyhow

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

          1. re: anyhow

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

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

          2. 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.

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

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

              890 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA‎

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