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Google map of all the Ethnic groceries / markets in the D.C. area

An earlier thread about ethnic markets in our area got me curious, so I used google's business listing and some off-hand knowledge to make a couple maps of the various ethnic groceries and markets in our area.

East Asian Groceries:
(Chinese, Korean, Japanese, SE Asian -Thai/Viet/Malay/Philippine/Burmese/Indonesian/etc)

South Asian/Middle Eastern:
(Indian, Arab, Persian, Afghan/Paki, etc)

(You can view both maps together, by opening one in the same tab as the first, and checking the title of each map in the lower left hand corner.)
the latter map is just budding. I found a long list online of Indian markets, but it looks old. If I don't get bored with this by tomorrow, I might call them and post the existing markets.


I think this is a cool idea. I'd never been to Great Wall in Merrifield and was pretty blown away (live bullfrogs?) I wouldn't have checked it out if I hadn't learned that it was on my way to work.

Anyway, it seems worthwhile to flesh out. I'm not on a quest though -- if you think its a good idea, help out. You can do that just by opening the map, putting you address into the map search bar (so that you can find your house), then zoom out and see if any of the shops in your area are missing (or if one of the listed stores has closed.) Leave a message here afterwards.

If this is popular, maybe it can expand to include reviews of places (stock size, prices, special/odd items, etc) and photos.
What do you think?

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    1. re: Russel Shank

      Excellent work, Russell! I will post reviews of the two I am most familiar with and I hope that this map gets the attention it deserves! H-Mart (Lee Hwy) and Great Wall (Gallows) are the two I use the most, tho I do use H-Mart much more now.

    2. I live in Reston and just found out a few days ago from my Vietnamese friend that she does all her shopping at Lotte Plaza in Chantilly. She says it is great. Can't wait to shop there. Please keep adding to the map.

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      1. re: mfrances

        I added the Lottes today. Are the shops listed on the map around you accurate?

      2. great list...a few possible additions for the middle eastern one....lebanese butcher market, iransara, yas bakery, gourmet basket, indian spices, mama lavash.

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        1. re: CoconutMilk

          cool, I'll add em. I haven't really given the middle eastern/indian map a real crack yet.

          Did you pull up both maps and see if the shops listed around you are accurate?

        2. Here are a few more you can add to the list:

          East Asian: Filipino Market & Cafe

          South Asian/ME:
          Hung Phat Asia Market
          Yas Cafe & Market
          Yekta Deli Imported Grocery
          Patel Brothers

          Ques: Do you intend to expand the list to include other markets? e.g. South American, European? etc.

          Also, I am not aware that Nava Thai Restaurant has a grocery component. Are you sure?

          Good job, so far.

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          1. re: comestibles

            You might consider letting users "edit" so others could add spots like the fabulous Sam's market on Rockville Pike.

            1. re: repete

              Yeah, that was my original intention. It doesn't keep a record of edits though, so I held off switching it to public editing (might sound paranoid/dumb, but if a market owner wanted, they could delete their competitors on the map w.o anyone realizing.)

              I'll probably switch it over so the public can edit tomorrow. Would you be interested in editing/helping on it? I'm looking for a way to combine the maps into one, with an option where you can hide/make visible each group with one click. The next maps would be Latin/South American, European/Gourmet, and African (the latter I've started.)

            2. re: comestibles

              Yeah. I'm trying to figure out how to get them all onto one map, with an option where you can hide/make visible each group with one click.

              Latin/South American, European/Gourmet, and African markets would be the other three.

              I was gonn check out Nava. Never been there, but their website says they began as a market, and that it is still "on the corner" or something to that effect.

              I meant to mention this earlier -- I'm gonna open it to public editing,, or put anyone interested on the "Collaborator" list. If you wanna do that (edit these or help start the others), let me know and I'll add you tomorrow.

              1. re: Russel Shank

                No need to combine them; people can just add them to My Maps in Google, and then turn them on/off as they wish.

              2. re: comestibles

                Nava Thai used to be located in Hung Phat. I think that's where that entry came from (if so, it does need to be changed).

                For Japanese, you can add Maruichi, 1047 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

                1. re: Lori D

                  Thanks. It's updated.
                  That's a bummer about Fresh World. It's actually marked as two names on the map, Fresh World and El Grande (its old name.) I wonder if they'll sell and just change the signage like last time, or use Chapter 11 to reorganize.

              3. I literally woke up this morning wondering where there was an East Asian market near my new home. Wow. Thanks so much for compiling this. Glad to hear about Hana market especially.

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                1. re: sweetpotater

                  Sure. I've only been to a handful of them.

                  Hana is cool. It's where that Japan travel agency used to be "Travel by Airline, Boat, RocKet Ship.." Its tiny, mostly knick knack and packaged stuff (a couple refrigerated coolers w/ expensive produce) but the owner is really nice.

                  1. re: sweetpotater

                    Hey, not sure if you're into Hana for its location or Japanese stock, but if its the latter, check out Maruichi (1047 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.) "Lori" memtioned it, and their website looks pretty cool -- bigger Japanese stock than Hana, and probably cheaper.

                  2. Thanks so much for these maps!

                    I have a question: What does the Royal Grocery in Old Town Alexandria sell? And is it a very small selection?

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                    1. re: yfunk3

                      No idea... let me know if you check it out (you can leave a review in Google.) Its there for everyone to use and build on.

                      I stopped by the Mediterranean Gourmet Market while getting my car checked out today. It was really nice actually. Full mediterranean "deli," where they roll the dough for your shwarma before cooking it in their wood fire oven. Lots of quality groceries.

                      That is off Franconia near the intersection w/ Buelah (near Springfield Mall), which is technically Alexandria also.

                    2. I love the little Japanese restaurant on U St. The couple that own it are so sweet.

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                      1. re: Jacey

                        Don't know about it.. is it by Hana market?

                      2. Danny's Tindahan - FIlipino in Tenleytown
                        Hinata Sushi and Carryout - has a number of Japanese good, in Bethesda

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                        1. re: synaesthesia

                          Also not sure if this is a totally up-to-date list:
                          I noticed that Jin Mi isn't on the map.

                          1. re: synaesthesia

                            Cool. Added those and I'll check out the list tomorrow.

                        2. I ate at the food court at Great Wall and it really reminded me of the food in most of the small towns in China that I visited. It was that bad! The groceries at Great Wall are pretty good, wide variety, decent prices, but stay away from the food court. I ordered the triple special, which is rice, 3 dishes and a soup, and there was not one redeeming factor. The rice was gummy, the three best looking dishes were bland and served at room temperature, and the soup looked like dish water and tasted like salted cuspidor swill.
                          Back to H Mart on Gallows in the future.

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                          1. re: Ziv

                            Yeah, the food court reminds me of a underground bus station. The left side, where the dim sum/baotzi stuff is, wasn't that bad though -- it looks like it has a separate cook.

                            I haven't checked out H Mart yet, but I do think Great Wall's seafood and meat counter is impressive. Their produce is good, tons of good packaged groceries. Its a step above Grand Mart. I'll have to see how H Mart stacks up if I'm in the area.

                            1. re: Russel Shank

                              h-mart gets pretty crowded in the produce area. get there early if you can.

                              1. re: Russel Shank

                                another addition i just discovered....Halalco Supermarket in the City of Falls Church. The produce is forgettable but the imported stuff from Middle Eastern, Indian, and Eastern Mediterranean places is as good a selection as I've found. They also have alot of cool cookware and a great little cookbook section with loads of good Indian/Turkish/Persian/Lebanese etc. books.

                                1. re: CoconutMilk

                                  Is this the place behind Leb Butcher? My Leb friend I introduced the Butcher to has said good things about this place if it is. I never could really tell - do they have any sort of prepared food to go? The first time he told me about it this seemed to be the case but on a follow up he played that aspect down to almost nothing.

                                  1. re: CoconutMilk

                                    yes, iirc, halalco is the place behind leb butcher -- and it is quite large. they have a very extensive selection of patak's pastes, for those interested in indian food. i think they have shan's mixes, too, but it's been a while since i've been there. (i don't recall any "to go" food, either).

                                    hey folks, btw, next to india a-1 grocery here in arlington, a sign has gone up for "minerva express." i think the spot used to be a chocolatier. anyhow, i'll try and find out more. it doesn't appear to be open yet, and i couldn't see anything in the window as i drove by.