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Raleigh, NC - New to Area, seeking Hispanic Produce Stores

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normanc Dec 11, 2010 10:04 AM

Where is a good Hispanic produce store near Cameron Village or Downtown Raleigh with prices lower than the supermarkets?

Also any recommendations for where to get Tres Leches cake made fresh?

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  1. meatn3 RE: normanc Dec 11, 2010 10:19 AM

    I'm not aware of any in the areas you mention. If you have access to a car you can easily reach International Foods (used to be called Compare Foods) at 2215 New Hope Road. This is an older shopping center at the corner of Atlantic.

    This is a complete grocery of mainly Hispanic products, but also a sprinkling of African items. Prices are quite good, produce is generally extensive and fresh.

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      rockycat RE: meatn3 Dec 11, 2010 12:45 PM

      International is my first choice, too. Not far away, on Capital, is El Mandado, also a good call.

      I make my own tres leches cake so I can't tell you about quality, but I know there is a panaderia on Atlantic Springs Road, more or less across from the movie theater. There is also a panaderia in the same shopping center as El Mandado.

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      El Mandado
      4000 Atlantic Ave Ste 168, Raleigh, NC 27604

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        normanc RE: rockycat Dec 23, 2010 05:55 PM

        Thanks, went to the International Market on Chapanoike Rd. and it was quite good. Also, I'm looking for an invitation to try rockycat homemade tres leches cake.

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          frcochm RE: rockycat Dec 25, 2010 05:44 AM

          Panaderia Lupita is on Atlantic Springs opposite the movie theater. They have all the good stuff including Rosca de Reyes for January 6! Yum!

      2. meatn3 RE: normanc Dec 11, 2010 04:36 PM

        Now that I have a moment, welcome to the area! This board helped me find my "must haves" when I first moved here.

        There was a list printed several years ago with most of the ethnic grocery stores in the Triangle. My searching is not pulling it up, but perhaps someone else has the link! That list gave me many days of fun and locating them helped me start to learn my way around the area.

        1. AreBe RE: normanc Dec 16, 2010 07:10 AM

          Thanks for telling us all about International Foods. Went there yesterday hoping to find inexpensive chayote. Theirs were plentiful and fresh, but $0.99/lb. Looked to be same supplier and price as Grand Asia.

          Would love to make a mirliton casserole for Christmas, but hoping to find the squash at Louisiana prices of 2 or 3 for a dollar. Please let me know if you spot them at such a price.

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