Orlando Ethnic and American Grocery/Meat/Produce/Spice/Seafood Sources
I'm new around here and would like to know where in the Orlando area to find good ingredients, but haven't found any recent threads on Chowhound that address this in much detail.
I've checked a few sites and now know of (but have not seen with my own eyes) the International Food Club, 1st Oriental, Cavallari, The Meat House, Freshfields, Petty's, and the row of Asian stores in Viet town. What have I missed? All help appreciated.
If anyone has been to Buford Highway Farmers Market in Atlanta, particularly in the last few years, I'd be curious to hear your comparison of that with IFC.
My favorite of all the Asian markets is Phuoc Loc Tho Super Oriental Market at 2100 East Colonial Drive, east of the big intersection at Mills Avenue. It's huge because it used to be a Publix.
There are several random Indian markets (many concentrated in Longwood and in south Orlando along Orange Blossom Trail), and a few Middle Eastern markets. International Food Club has a large variety of Middle Eastern products, and there is another well-hidden one, the Abumaher International Grocery, at 6148 Hanging Moss Road, between North Semoran and Forsythe.
Of course we have several Hispanic supermarkets, with Bravo (a chain) being one of the largest. The one closest to me is at 999 North Semoran, just north of Colonial Drive.
Petty's and Cavallari Gourmet both have high-quality meats and prepared foods, but they're both pretty expensive. The Meat House isn't cheap either, but they're very nice there, and will give you a sample of (raw) marinated steak tips on your first visit. All those places are great to browse in, if nothing else.
You'll also want to check out the new East End Market, a haven for Orlando foodies and hipsters:
OH! There are also two Polish markets: a new one on Colonial, just west of Goldenrod Road (next door to a Filipino market), and the Europol Polish Deli at 3090 Aloma Ave, at the intersection of Aloma and North Semoran (in the shopping center with the Denny's).
If you are used to Buford Hwy Farmers Market, you will likely be disappointed with International Food Club, just because it is *significantly* smaller. IFC also doesn't have any Oriental food. Their greatest strength is Middle Eastern, but they also have Eastern European, British, Australian, South African, Brazilian, Greek, & a few other regions. (Think regions with significant Muslim populations & those are their strengths, with a few other countries thrown in for good measure.)
For spices, you must go to Penzey's in Winter Park. You may also like Clemons Produce.