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Feb 29, 2012 12:17 PM

Greek Grocery Store in Lowell/Chelmsford/Rte 3 corridor?

It seems like there should be a Greek grocer somewhere in the Lowell area, but I don't know it (plenty inside of 128 I know, but we live outside of 495, so Lowell is way more convenient). Searched the boards and was surprised when nothing came up. What's out there?

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  1. the market basket on fletcher st. in lowell carries quite a few greek items, but while i know of several bakeries, i have never seen a greek grocery.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Hotoynoodle is spot on about Market Basket carrying Greek items, such as cheeses. The expanded MB at 288 Chelmsford Street (across the road from the new Stop & Shop) might be a good one to check out.

      And if it's lamb you are looking for, I've always been pleased with Alpine Butcher just down the road (963 Chelmsford Street) in Lowell. (And you can call first to be sure they have what you want. For example, I phone in advance to order cubed lamb for kebabs.)

      Hope this helps!

      1. re: tomatotomato

        Thanks for the info. I was really looking for something more along the lines of Athena Foods in Brockton or Sophie's in Belmont, and am just kind of surprised that the Lowell area doesn't have a place like that.

    2. I was pretty sure that I had read about a market in Manchester, NH. I have never been there, and can't even swear that they still exist, but maybe worth a phone call if you are headed in that direction?

      Bakolas Market
      110 Spruce St
      Manchester, NH 03103
      (603) 669-2941

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      1. re: smtucker

        definitely, thanks. there used to be one in Nashua, but it wasn't my favorite place (kinda down market from the one i grew up with on the s. shore), but i had no idea there was a Greek market in Manchester....was totally fixated on Lowell!

        1. re: qianning

          i don't think the greek population is nearly what it was several generations ago. although i do use a greek tailor there and he rocks. i fear for when he retires.

        1. re: rizzo0904

          Too bad they stopped making the lamb burgers - those were AMAZING on the grill. Great imported feta, & they make their own Greek cookies (haven't tried them yet).

        2. I am of Greek heritage and keep all the traditions...especially food! I grew up in Lowell, my mom still lives there and I am in Andover. The only item that is available is Feta at any Market Basket...BUT now you must ask the deli person to cut it as you desire and in the amount desired with or without brine. There are some tiny markets...what are you looking for specifically?

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          1. re: ParisLady

            Nothing specific yet (COTM this month is "The Olive & the Caper"). Would like to get various olives and cheeses measured/cut to the amounts I need, also certain cuts of lamb (I usually buy my lamb at a local halal butcher, but their cuts are mostly all wrong for Greek food). I grew up w/ food from Athena Market in Brockton, and that is still pretty much my standard for a nice Greek Market. I've been to Liamos in Nashua, although not recently, and it was OK, but not quite the thing somehow.

            1. re: qianning

              The small Greek markets that were in Lowell when I was growing up have all closed. Olympos bakery is stiil there and is great for Easter kouloures. Most of the Greek population buys lamb and imported feta from Market Basket on Wood Street. The butcher (Armand) is very familiar with cuts of lamb and very accomodating. He used to work at one of those small grocery stores. I have found kefaloteri and other cheeses packaged at this MB. My daughter has just referred me to The Greek International Grocery Store in West Roxbury...but I have not been yet. Anyone familiar with this place?

            2. re: ParisLady

              i have bought tarama, taramosalata and certain greek flat breads at market basket. there have been other products of greek origin that i don't really use, so can't speak of their quality. the feta is meh, but very reasonably priced.

              have been very pleased with all the meats from alpine butcher, most recently some terrific lamb shanks and ground lamb.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Hotoynoodle, do you know if the ground lamb is something The Alpine Butcher usually carries, or do you need to order it?

                1. re: southie_chick

                  they keep it frozen, so you just need to plan ahead a little bit. it is quite nice. another thread on here reminded me to ask them if they can get lamb tongue for me.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    Thanks for the quick reply hotoynoodle! I'll have to check them out soon - I drive by them all the time but haven't stopped in yet. : )

                    1. re: southie_chick

                      not sure where your comings and goings take you, but over closer to dracut is lowell provisions. the owners are brothers and both very customer-friendly.