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Where do I find Passover groceries in D.C.?

We're new to Washington and looking for a suggestion on supermarkets that carry an array of Kosher for Passover products. Spoiled by standard selection in NYC. All suggestions gratefully received.

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  1. you would be better off posting this on the Kosher board. Someone would probably be able to give y ou an answer..

    1. The thread titled "Passover Coke" lists several kosher grocery stores along with several Giant grocery stores that will have a larger-than-average KLP selection. Here's the URL for that thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692909

      JIRS, the acronym for the Jewish Information Referral Service, has a more complete list of kosher grocery stores. The first URL is the home page for JIRS. The second URL is for the list of kosher grocery stores.
      http://www.jirs.org/
      http://www.jirs.org/jirs/_2li0rsqa3.html

      Many temples and synagogues also are making KLP baked goods available to their congregants from caterers. Perhaps, phone calls to several synagogues will identify the supplier for these orders and you can contact the caterers directly.

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      1. re: Indy 67

        thanks very much. those links were helpful.

      2. kosher mart in Rockville and Shalom in Wheaton are kosher supermarkets

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        1. re: dining with doc

          As is Shaul's in Kemp Mill. The Reisterstown Road area (from 695 south for a mile or three) in Baltimore is another alternative. Also, the Harris and Teeter in Rockville has a very nice selection of Passover products. However, for meat and chicken, you probably want to go to one of the 3 Kosher markets in Montgomery County or to the Baltimore area.

          1. re: skipper

            Interesting about your Harris Teeter. When ours opened up (Loudoun County, VA) a few years ago, they had literally zero Passover products. When I asked about it, I got some really blank looks. I think since then they have added some Passover products, but I got to Wegmans for most of what I need.

            1. re: Bob W

              We'd go to Wegman's for everything since my wife is a native Rochesterian, but at the moment we have none real close to us (Wegman's hurry and get the Columbia and Germantown stores built. The Harris Teeter in Rockville has a great selection as I indicated, but the other one close to us (Scaggsville - RT 216) has nothing.

              1. re: Bob W

                The reason the Rockville Harris Teeter has a great Kosher/Passover selection is it's located near the Jewish Community Center and a Jewish neighborhood....so the store is definitely catering to the community it serves.....just like the Shoppers Food Warehouse in the same area has a great ethnic/international food section because of the Latin American/Asian communities nearby....I live about 10-15 minutes away from both stores.

          2. Wegmans has a nice selections.

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            1. re: Adam23

              Yes, for those of us living on the frontier in VA, Wegmans suffices. Good prepared foods and plenty of sweets.

              1. Depending on how specialized you need, Shaul's in Kemp Mill (off University Blvd, just a couple miles north of the Beltway) has everything KLP, but if you're just looking for the sort of standard selection you would have had in a supermarket in NY, I'd head to a supermarket in Silver Spring (DC or MD). Rockville stores have a pretty good selection as well, from what I remember from an emergency need-to-pick-up-a-side-dish-for-last-minute-seder stop a few years back (including plenty of prepared foods, if that's more your speed.)

                1. There are a number of products at the P Street Whole Foods. Anything in particular that you are looking for?

                  1. Kosher Mart and Giant have the best all-around selections. But I go to other places to fill in the gaps. Not yet mentioned is Rodman's. They have a good selection of Passover wines at good prices and a small but good selection of Passover foods. Giant has reduced the number of stores that carry their widest selection. They are particularly in Upper NW and Montgomery County.

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                    1. re: hibye

                      We've shopped at Shalom, Kosher Mart, Giant, Harris Teeter, Shopper's and McGruder's. As far as kosher markets are concerned, Shalom and Kosher Mart are about equal although Kosher Mart did have a better selection of dairy items. As far as supermarkets are concerned, Harris Teeter (Rockville) and McGruder's (Kemp Mill) are far superior to Giant (Rockville or Silver Spring) or Shopper's (Silver Spring). As we will be in Chantilly towards the end of next week, we intend to hit Wegman's especially for produce.

                      1. re: skipper

                        Since you'll be in Chantilly you should check out the produce section at the Lotte Plaza asian market -- very impressive! The fresh herbs are absurdly nice and inexpensive.

                    2. There are a variety in B'more, the largest of which is Seven Mile Market (which, as mentioned, is on the Reisterstown Road corridor, inside the Baltimore Belway). Horrible service, high prices, widest selection of both KFP and plain ol' kosher.

                      1. The Wisconsin Avenue Giant has always had the best selection I've seen in DC. But most of the major stores do a fine job -- Safeway, Teeter, even Whole Foods will have stuff. Any of the major NW neighborhoods (Dupont, Tenleytown, Chevy Chase, etc) is loaded with Passover observers, so the stores accomodate fairly well.