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European Food Store: New Russian & Eastern European Grocer in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong Dec 16, 2010 11:08 AM

Two weeks ago I got off the freeway to take the frontage road north up Santa Rosa Avenue during rush hour. A sidewalk sign on the south end of town pointed to a new specialty food market in a familiar strip mall, European Food Store. I pulled in to check it out and found a small grocer that's quite comparable to the Russian markets that dot Geary and Clement in San Francisco's Richmond neighborhood. A cold case full of sausages, cold cuts, smoked fish and cheeses, many frozen foods such as pelmeni, canned goods, jams, green tarragon soda, candy, and the blessed triangle loaf baked on premise, just like this one photographed in San Francisco.

I bought some thick smetana (rich sour cream with no fillers) and salmon roe to adorn the weekend's latkes. It's only been open for a few months and fills a unique niche here. I hope our local 'hounds will check it out.

European Food Store
2790 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

  1. c
    Columba Jul 2, 2011 08:05 AM

    Yes, the sort of store found in SF's Richmond District. Reminded me of Babushka in Walnut Creek, but a little bigger and minus the restaurant.

    Visited last week. They're expanding inventory based on customer requests. Though the owner is Russian, many customers are from Germany, Poland, France & other European countries. They're willing to order anything that they think will sell.

    They bake a variety of pre-frozen bread daily and would like to have more deli items. There were two types of piroshikis they'd warm in microwave in addition to cold cuts, packaged pickles, etc.

    Friendly people, good food.

    New hours:
    Mon-Sat 10 AM to 7 PM
    Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM

    European Food Store
    2709 Santa Rosa Avenue, suite M
    Sant Rosa

    2 Replies
    1. re: Columba
      Melanie Wong Jul 2, 2011 08:36 AM

      Glad you visited. I was there again last month and deeply disappointed that smetana I needed no longer stocked. I hope it returns.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Columba Jul 2, 2011 05:15 PM

        Melanie, their emphasis is customer satisfaction.

        Try asking if they'll carry it.

        There were at least a dozen gallon size jars of whole canned tomatoes there. They fascinated me, so like an odd aquarium exhibit.

    2. b
      bills Jul 4, 2011 07:17 AM

      This is a great place for Santa Rosa. They are now open 7 days. They seem to have half-sour pickles from NYC in the cooler and that's a rare find. The brand seems to vary. They bake in the mornings and have several breads, and there's more in a small freezer. The pickled tomatoes and tiny gherkins were surprisingly good. Lots of sausages, smoked fish, frozen pelmeni, and I find the prices on everything quite reasonable.

      Try this place!

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      1. re: bills
        Melanie Wong Jul 7, 2011 08:54 PM

        Hey "bills", great to see a post from you again. I'm glad the store has found a following in Santa Rosa. I believe it is related to European Food in San Francisco, the store waaaay out there on Clement, where the staff are just bit more helpful and friendly than the competition.

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