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Aug 28, 2010 01:10 PM

Best Supermarkets in San Jose?

Just moved to San Jose and need guidance for best places to go grocery shopping. TIps?

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  1. Depends where in San Jose. Check for your local farmers markets on weekends. Those will be your best bets. Whole Foods is an alternate. For more exotic ingredients and live/fresh seafood, there are lots of Ranch 99s (Chinese supermarkets) available.

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    1. re: Cary

      And there's Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese grocery store you can find, on Saratoga Avenue in the western part of San Jose.

      675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

    2. Cosentino's, at Bascom and Union. Family-owned and operated, terrific fresh produce, wonderful selection overall. And right nearby is International Food Bazaar.

      International Food Bazaar
      2052 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

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      1. re: emi50

        I second these choices. I always hit Intl Food Bazaar for some delicious Middle Eastern and Turkish goodies, then head across the street to Cosentino's. This latter would be my choice if I had to limit myself to just one market. The produce is the best outside of some of the elite farmer's markets, and much cheaper as the owner have decades long agreements with smaller growers. They also have an excellent selection of French and Italian products. Overall the single best for sure. IN many ways even better than the legendary Berkeley Bowl.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

      2. I recommend Lunardi's on Meridian. For the best seafood, I always go to Race Street Fish & Poultry. I like PW Market on Hostetter in the Berryessa area.

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        1. re: mlutsky

          Not too familiar w/ SJ but is that the PW on Brokaw-Murphy-Hostetter nr Oakland Rd.?

          I think that and another PW in SJ are closing

        2. We like the Farmers markets(Saratoga, Campbell and Mountain View are huge) , Trader Joes of course Whole Foods and Lunardi's. Lunardi's is a good small local chain. Produce is really good there, second to Cosentinos and often less expensive.