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Nov 22, 2009 06:49 PM

List of Shops in San Diego to buy cooking ingredients

Most Chowhounds not only like to go to restaurants but also cook all kinds of food. Sometimes its easy to get all ingredients sometimes it is necessary to drie around in SD. I have a list of shops I tend to use but I am also sure I miss many good shops. I would be interested to find out where other people buy special ingredients. And I want to keep it as broad as possible and would also like to include unusual things as brewing equipments etc.

Jonathan's: 7611 Fay Ave, La Jolla

Specialty Produce: 5245 Lovelock St

Maple Leaf Farms : 14550 El Camino Real

Iowa Meat Farms: 6041 Mission Gorge Rd

Sisel's: 4131 Ashton Street

Major Market 1855 S Centre City Pky

Jimbo's Naturally: 1633 S Centre City Pky + 12853 El Camino Real

Piancone Bakery & Deli: 203 Main Street (Vista)

Harvest Ranch Market: 759 Jamacha Rd + 162 South Rancho Santa Fe

Zion Grocery Store: 4611 Mercury St

India Sweets and Spices: 5440 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard

Maria's Produce: 3960 Home Ave

Mitsuwa Market: 4240 Kearny Mesa Rd

Nijiya Market: 3860 Convoy St

Vien Dong Int. Market: 6935 Linda Vista Rd, 5382 University Ave

Chino farms-6123 Calzada del Bosque

Venissimo Cheese: 754 W. Washington, 2710 Via de la Valle, 871 G St.

Sausage King & German Deli: 811 W. Washington St.

Orient Bowl/First Korean Market: 4625 Convoy St

Pancho Villa’s Market: 3245 El Cajon Blvd

Northgate Gonzales Market: 608 N. Escondido Blvd (Escondido)

Northgate Gonzales Market: 1410 S 43rd St.

Bisher’s Meats: 14051 Midland Rd.

Mi Pueblo: 1516 E. Valley Pkwy (Escondido)

Chai Oriental Foods: 1696 E. Valley Pkwy (Escondido)

Cedars Market: 701 S. Escondido Blvd

Parsian Market: 4020 Convoy St.

Foodland Mercado: 1099 E. Main St.

Balboa International Market: 5907 Balboa Ave.

Minh Huong: 4029 Euclid Ave.

Tip Top Meats: 6118 Paseo Del Norte (Carlsbad)

Tropical Star: 6163 Balboa Ave.

Ranch 99: 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Lucky Seafood: 9326 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Seafood City: 8955 Mira Mesa Blvd.

Ker Megastore: 9520 Black Mountain Rd.

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  1. Two more:

    Assenti Pasta: 2044 India St.

    Holiday Wine Cellar: 302 W. Mission Ave (Escondido)

    4 Replies
    1. re: honkman

      I also like Mona Lisa across the street from Assenti Pasta, Homegrown Meats (butcher shop), Blue Water and The Fishery for fish!

      Great list.

      1. re: jturtle

        Mona Lisa and Assenti are a great one-two punch.

        And I know you said "list of shops", but little italy farmers market has some of the best ingredients in san diego.

      2. re: honkman

        Nice list HM, here are a couple more

        Pata Negra Spanish Market - 1657 Garnet Ave San Diego, CA 92109-3117 - (858) 274-7282

        Great News - 1788 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA‎ - (858) 270-1582‎

        Fishery - 5040 Cass Street, San Diego - (858) 272-9985

        Jonathan's Market - 7611 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA‎ - (858) 459-2677‎

        1. re: honkman

          +1 Holiday Win Cellar and want to note that it probably has the best *beer* selection in SD County

          Much closer to central SD, however, is:

          K & B Cellars (formerly Del Cerro Liquor): 6380 Del Cerro Blvd (just north of the 8, across from SDSU)

        2. For your brewing needs:

          Hydrobrew: 1319 South Coast Highway (Oceanside).

          Home Brew Mart: 5401 Linda Vista Rd. Suite #406.

          American Home Brewing Supply: 9295 Chesapeake Dr., Suite E.

          1. Hi,

            I was about to post about grocery stores in SD. Maybe someone could point out in this list (and I don't mean to crash OP's post) which ones are:

            a) convenient for visitors (ie close to dowtown SD)

            b) where you could buy most of your New Year's dinner (I mean a place where besides the basics you can find for example smoked salmon, some decent wine, good bread etc)


            1 Reply
            1. re: bobetpine

              Whole Foods in Hillcrest is pretty close to downtown, and would have the highest concentration of quality ingredients for a New Year's dinner. Downtown doesn't really have any good one-stop shops for that kind of thing.

            2. North Park Produce - three locations:

              3551 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego - (619) 516-3336
              432 E Chase Ave, El Cajon - (619) 440-4401
              12342 Poway Rd # B, Poway - (858) 391-9100

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              1. Two more:

                T&H Meats: 735 E Mission Rd (San Marcos)

                European Deli: 4150 Regents Rd.