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Fairview Heights/Belleville Area International Grocery Stores

kurtosterhage Aug 18, 2010 08:26 AM

I am a culinary student moving to Fairview Heights, IL and I am trying to find some good international grocery stores in the area. I have already been recommended Chong's Oriental Market but I'm still looking for other cuisines than Asian, such as Mexican and Indian. My main concerns are price, location, and quality of groceries. Thanks!

  1. alan Aug 18, 2010 11:42 AM

    Don't know anything about the east side, I'm afraid, but there are many good options on the Missouri side of the river, including Global Foods, in Kirkwood, and Jay International Market, on Grand, in St. Louis. There is also a thriving Asian community in University City with many markets.

    Jay International Food Co.
    3172 S Grand Blvd, St Louis, MO 63118

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      lemons Aug 18, 2010 08:59 PM

      Yup, that's right. Just get on 270 and go to Global Foods in Kirkwood to start out. If they don't have all you're looking for, you can figure out your next move. But they're the most comprehensive store for that, more than 40,000 items.

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      1. re: lemons
        alan Aug 19, 2010 06:43 AM

        Here's a link to Global Foods.

        Global Food
        421 N Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122

      2. Richard 16 Aug 18, 2010 10:45 PM

        Bob's Seafood is easily the best in STL for seafood & fish. Mostly wholesale; i.e. , restaurants,. so high turnover. Not as big a selection as WF but better & cheaper. (I'm a native New Englander and formerly a pro chef.)
        If they don't have something you want, ask and they'll see what what they can do.You can usually get bones for stock - call first.

        Bob's Seafood
        8660 Olive Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63132

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