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

APBKLYN Mar 14, 2010 01:57 PM

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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    cheesecake17 RE: APBKLYN Mar 14, 2010 02:54 PM

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

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      Indy 67 RE: APBKLYN Mar 14, 2010 03:18 PM

      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.

      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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        APBKLYN RE: Indy 67 Mar 14, 2010 04:14 PM

        thanks very much. those links were helpful.

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        dining with doc RE: APBKLYN Mar 14, 2010 04:22 PM

        kosher mart in Rockville and Shalom in Wheaton are kosher supermarkets

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          skipper RE: dining with doc Mar 15, 2010 06:55 AM

          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.

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            Bob W RE: skipper Mar 16, 2010 08:55 AM

            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.

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              skipper RE: Bob W Mar 16, 2010 09:53 AM

              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.

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                lvanleer RE: Bob W Mar 21, 2010 07:59 AM

                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.

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            Adam23 RE: APBKLYN Mar 15, 2010 12:06 PM

            Wegmans has a nice selections.

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              Bob W RE: Adam23 Mar 16, 2010 08:53 AM

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

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              dcgdc RE: APBKLYN Mar 16, 2010 08:26 AM


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                formossissima RE: APBKLYN Mar 16, 2010 11:53 AM

                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.)

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                  Elyssa RE: APBKLYN Mar 16, 2010 12:31 PM

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

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                    hibye RE: APBKLYN Mar 17, 2010 07:36 PM

                    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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                      skipper RE: hibye Mar 18, 2010 07:40 AM

                      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.

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                        Bob W RE: skipper Mar 18, 2010 09:57 AM

                        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.

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                      lawhound RE: APBKLYN Mar 18, 2010 01:10 PM

                      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.

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                        masonuc RE: APBKLYN Mar 23, 2010 12:01 PM

                        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.

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