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May 21, 2013 10:01 AM

Grocery stores

Where is the best place to buy groceries in the city of Pittsburgh?
Any suggestions?

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  1. For day-to-day perishable items, I like to go to Whole Foods. I do go to Market District Giant Eagle too for more extensive selection and their weekly sale. Now that Aldi's is open a block from that Giant Eagle, I might start going there too, namely for the chocolate hazelnut spread.

    I go to Bombay Mart (on Centre and Craig) every a couple of months for Brown Basmathi Rice (10lb ) and Frozen Paratha. They do have nice selection of Indian produce like curry leaves and fenugreek leaves.

    On top of that, I do go to the Strip once or twice a month. I get my meat from Salem's; Flour Tortilla from Reyna; Ram Leaves & Wira Palm Sugar/Palm Candy from this Asian Store that only accepts cash ( I cannot think what it is called, Asian Market maybe?) . And Fresh tofu from Lotus, along with other items for Asian food.

    So yeah, I go everywhere for groceries. Some people like Trader Joe's, but I'm not a big fan of prepackaged produce. Oh, if you're in Bloomfield, they do have nice Italian Grocery stores (one on Liberty and another one on the side street).

    1. I go mainly to the Shadyside Market District because it's close.

      I like Penn Avenue Fish Company for fish (and, since I'm there, lunch).

      I get my Parmigiano-Reggiano @ Pennsylvania Macaroni (PennMac), and lots of other Italian specialties.

      Whole Foods has the best price on olive oil and St. Andre ($9.99/lb). I like their Italian bread, too.

      Trader Joe's is good for English Breakfast tea bags for ice tea. Their St. Andre is also $9.99, but you have to make sure it's not overly ammoniated (green-gray around the edges).

      1. 1) Costco -- good for stocking up on what you'll use. Love their deal on yeast. Yes, you can take a bus, and they will let you in the store with a backpack on.
        2) Trader Joe's -- because it's awesome (check out the threads in Chains)
        3) Aldis -- Trader Joe's without the hype
        4) Whole Foods -- "whole paycheck"
        5) Giant Eagle

        I also love visiting the ethnic stores. Shadyside has Japanese, Squirrel Hill has Korean, Oakland does indian -- and the Strip does Everything!

        1. Sorry it took so long to get back .
          Thank you for the replies very informative and helpful.