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Looking for a Middle Eastern grocery store in the northern suburbs.

efias Oct 10, 2012 10:33 AM

I am new to the area so all recommendations will be welcome!

I commute from Westford into Burlington, but can drive north into Nashua (even a little further if I have no other option).

Please do not suggest any restaurants in Waltham/Watertown areas. I am a country girl - the traffic and parking in those neighborhoods terrify me!

Thank you!

  1. greygarious Oct 11, 2012 04:15 PM

    OP asked for grocery stores, not restaurants. There are two Middle-Eastern markets in the same U-shaped strip mall as China Merchandise on Rt. 3A in Burlington, opposite the high school. Look for the credit union building at the street end of the U. There's also Raja and Rana's
    Indian market farther north on 3A, more or less opposite Burlington Auto Parts. There's another Indian market in the Sunrise Plaza in Nashua, adjacent to Costco on Daniel Webster Hwy.

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    1. re: greygarious
      trufflehound Oct 11, 2012 04:24 PM

      While India and the Middle East share some spices, the foods are quite different and the groceries reflect this. That said, I love me some Indian too.

      1. re: trufflehound
        greygarious Oct 11, 2012 11:02 PM

        China Merchandise has broadened its inventory over the years, and now has aisles devoted to ingredients from other cuisines, even though it is next door to a Middle Eastern market. Matter of fact, especially since the advent of H-Mart (which has very little Indian stuff), I see more apparently Indian/Pakistani customers there than those appearing to hail from farther east. Not sure how much overlap there is in the Indian markets.

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      treb Oct 10, 2012 01:02 PM

      George's Bakery in Lawrence. Here's their website, check it out.


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        LStaff Oct 10, 2012 12:24 PM

        The traffic in waltham isn't any worse than Burlington. And there are public parking lots behind both of the bigger Indian food stores on Moody st.

        1. trufflehound Oct 10, 2012 11:59 AM

          I'm not familiar with the area but there should be markets/bakeries often offering groceries in Methuen and Salem NH

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