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Looking for (non-American) Supermarkets to Check out

Jon G Mar 1, 2011 01:07 PM

I have been to Tian Tian, H Mart, Subzhi Mandi, and a few other Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese markets around the Metroplex, and I am hoping you all can share your favorite non-U.S. markets for me to check out.

A Mediterranean or Middle Eastern market with bulk lentils and grains would be a plus.

I am also curious if there are maybe smaller or more specialty Mexican markets, other than Fiesta, Michoacana, Rancho, etc.

  1. twinwillow Mar 1, 2011 02:35 PM

    Zituna Middle Eastern market on Coit at Arapaho (if they're still open) is (or was) very good.
    Indo-Pak (Indian & Middle Eastern) in back of First Chinese BBQ on Polk just East of Greeneville Avenue.
    99 Ranch Market (Asian) is excellent. In Plano at Spring Creek and 75. Arguably, the best Asian market in the Dallas area.
    And do try, World Food Warehouse for excellent (and inexpensive) Middle Eastern foods at 13434 Floyd Circle

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    1. re: twinwillow
      amokscience Mar 1, 2011 04:37 PM

      Add Minoya in Plano for Japanese.

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      pgwiz1 Mar 2, 2011 10:22 AM

      Want to make sure you've gone to the Subzi Mandi in Irving vs. Richardson. The richardson one is TERRIBLE, while the one is Irving is on the opposite end, when it comes to Indian grocery stores. Everything is organized and labeled, and when you get your receipt, it has each item listed, vs Item 1 $2.99.

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      1. re: pgwiz1
        Jon G Mar 4, 2011 07:32 AM

        These are all helpful replies, thanks.

        @pgwiz1, are there other Indian markets you would recommend? I am particularly interested in buying vegetables, herbs, greens, etc.

        1. re: Jon G
          twinwillow Mar 4, 2011 08:36 AM

          Other than the stores I and others have mentioned, you might want to ask at your favorite Indian restaurant if they could refer you to others.

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            pgwiz1 Mar 15, 2011 10:51 AM

            for veggies I'd recommend an east asian market (super H etc) over an indian grocer. Go to the indian store for spices, nuts, saffron, lentils, etc.

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          mframpton Mar 4, 2011 07:59 AM

          Ranch 99 at Spring Valley and 75 Central is by far the cleanest and exotic. Even has a bbq section and a restaurant.

          Spring Valley Cafe
          4100 Spring Valley Rd Ste 102, Dallas, TX 75244

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            planojim Mar 4, 2011 09:53 AM

            I heartily second Twin's recommendation of World Food Warehouse. Best fresh pita that I've encountered.

            1. happensatonce Mar 4, 2011 10:03 AM

              Can anyone recommend a decent Italian deli or grocery market in North Dallas?

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              1. re: happensatonce
                air Mar 4, 2011 12:03 PM

                Jimmy's might honestly be a closer drive to you, but there's one in Flower Mound that was formerly called Mike's, now called Alongi's:

              2. twinwillow Mar 4, 2011 11:32 AM

                A friend who is Syrian recommends Sara Bakery in Richardson.

                1. LewisvilleHounder Mar 4, 2011 12:38 PM

                  Since you have hit most of the major ones that we all go to it is hard to make a suggestion. I go mostly to a store based on either proximity or if they have a specific ingredient that I find particularly enjoyable.

                  The word supermarket implies that you want a large store with a vast selection but in your request a few lines in your want more local shops. Mexican bakeries, tortillerias, butchers, etc come to mind when I think of more local shops. It just depends on what you are wanting to give you specific recommendations.

                  It is just like Vietnamese cuisine here in Dallas you go to one restaurant for one particular dish. There is just no one overall Vietnamese restaurant that outshines all the rest.

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                    vegantexan Mar 5, 2011 11:40 AM

                    The Dallas Morning News (I think) had an article about Asian grocers, recommended H Mart (insanely cheap and wonderful produce - I go every week); Asia World Market in Plano; Jeng Chi on Greenville in Richardson; Hiep Thai on Walnut Street in Garland; and Kazy Gourmet on Markville in Dallas.

                    I like Taj Mahal in Richardson for all things Indian. Spices and also take away food.

                    Jeng Chi Restaurant
                    400 N Greenville Ave Ste 19, Richardson, TX 75081

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