Peninsula detours for unique food shopping
I'm going to be heading to Palo Alto on business so will be able to shop at places between there and SF that I don't usually get to. Some I think of off the top of my head:
Beltramo's & Weimax: hard-to-find wine, liqueurs, and liquor
Draeger's: truffle products I haven't seen elsewhere hereabouts
Gourmet Corner: biggest selection of French stuff in the area
Any other suggestions?
Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
1540 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
222 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
1010 University Dr, Menlo Park, CA 94025
1178 Broadway, Burlingame, CA
The Gourmet Corner
873 N San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401
A few other places to consider that might have some more unique finds that could make a stop worthwhile:
Nak's at 1151 Chestnut St in downtown Menlo Park, (650) 325-2046. It's a Japanese market that also stocks goods from Holland. Odd mix, fun store. Very small, 5 minute stop. Super nice man running it. Some sake options and hit and miss on fresh fish and veggies.
Gourmet Haus Staudt in downtown Redwood City. Owned and operated by a German family, recently handed over to the second generation. They stock lots of imported packaged goods, sausages, meats, wines, and beers from Germany. Nothing else like it in terms of variety around here. http://www.gourmethausstaudt.com/
Chavez Market. If you go to Beltramo's, you can go a few blocks up El Camino to the big Chavez. They have one of the biggest collections of Mexican ingredients and food in the area. Great store. It's on El Camino & 5th (turn right at the Shell station).
Up the road a little further in RWC is the British Food Centre. They have imported canned and packaged goods from the UK, plus some frozen meat pies and sausages (meh). If you like that sort of thing, it's worth a stop. http://www.buybritish.net/
Sigona's Market in RWC sells the best produce in the area. They are family owned and operated and stock lots of local, direct from the grower produce. They also have some good house brand olive oils, lots of smaller batch brands, and some decent cheeses. Definitely focused on local, sustainable, and organic stuff.
If you are willing to go south from Palo Alto, Rose International Market in Mountain View is a great Middle Eastern market (20 minutes south of PA).
There are lots of Indian stores but I have yet to find a really good one for produce. The best one for everything else is in a dying little strip mall in Foster City. The store is called India Cash & Carry. http://www.indiacashandcarry.com/.
There is also a Persian Market in San Carlos next to Kabul Restaurant called Adel (171 El Camino Real, San Carlos, CA 94070-2403 (650) 654-3340. They have a pretty good selection.
Also, as an aside. If you have time to stop for a bite to eat. Do check out Refuge in San Carlos for the pastrami. Or go to Joy in Foster City for great Chinese. Both places are covered extensively on CH.
1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria
46 5th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
Rose International Market
1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040
Sigona's Farmers Market
2345 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA
963 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070
India Cash & Carry
1058 Shell Blvd, D Foster City, CA
Nak's Oriental Market
1151 Chestnut St, Menlo Park, CA
re: Shane Greenwood
I was in Namaste in Belmont last week and saw tiny Indian eggplant, okra, fresh Indian type chilis, curry leaves, turmeric roots, and sadly an empty bin marked gongura (which is what I was trying to find) in the produce section. Today I stopped in Berkeley at Indus Foods and Halal Food on San Pablo, and I can say that Namaste has a lot more to offer but no meat counter.
re: Shane Greenwood
I'd check out Alhana Foods on 37th Ave. in San Mateo. The store is immaculate, the stock is extensive, well organized and turns over so nothing is old or stale. Just as an example, they have about 5 or 6 different brands of phyllo in the frig/freezer. Good olives in bulk. Interesting dried fruits and candies. All kinds of things from all over the Middle East. Here's a link to their website:
Place link doesn't want to work for me:
27 - 37th Ave San Mateo, Ca 94403 - Two Blocks South Hillsdale Mall