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International food store

There is an unbelievable store in NY called Kalustyans with a huge selection of spices and food (20 kinds of rice, 20 beans, all manor of spices) from all over the world, primarily from the Far East. Is there any place like this in Chicago

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    1. There are several such places in the Chicago area, some in the city, others in the suburbs. HMart, mentioned above, has a location in west suburban Naperville as well as the one in northwest suburban Niles. www.hmart.com Mitsuwa Marketplace is in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. www.mitsuwa.com In the city, there are many Indian/Pakistani stores on the North Side along Devon Avenue, the biggest of which is the Patel Brothers store at 2610 W. Devon. www.patelbros.com

      1. We do it here by neighborhood as well as by store. 1) Devon Avenue has Indian/Pakistani---try Patel's. 2) Argyle Street and adjacent Broadway have Asian. 3) Shop & Save at S Archer & Linder is like going to Poland. 4) Tony's Finer Foods (there are several branches) is a huge Hispanic supermarket. In addition, small mama-and-papa stores are specific to neighborhood, for example a Swedish deli and grocery in Andersonville, a Persian store in Andersonville, Middle Eastern Grocery and Bakery in Andersonville, Caputo's (Italian) at Fullerton & Harlem, a Lithuanian store on S Archer, Korean stores along Lawrence, and small African stores in Uptown. Once you get to know the specific offerings of each, you will find unique products there that you can't find anywhere else in town.

        1. Fresh Farms in Niles also has a large selection of International products (Russian, Greek, Indian, Middle Eastern). The (relatively) nearby H-Mart is primarily Korean although it features a variety of Asian products.

          1. Several places in the near northern suburbs have large selections of international products. In addition to Fresh Farms in Niles, they include Produce World in Morton Grove and Skokie ( www.produceworldmarket.com ), and Market Place on Oakton in Skokie ( www.marketplaceonoakton.com ). However, these are not nearly as big as HMart or Mitsuwa, and are not Asian-specific like those (Mitsuwa specializes in Japanese products, although it too features a variety of Asian items).

            1. Don't forget Old World Market - African/Caribbean/Mexican. I love that place!

              HMart is the only place I've found genuine black vinegar.

              Joong Boo is mainly Korean, but cheaper than hmart.

              Broadway supermarket and Tai Nam are good Asian markets on the north side of the city.

              In Chinatown, you have Chinatown market, Richwell, and Hong Kong market.

              1. Angelo Caputo's has a lot of international foods - not so much Asian, but lots of Mexican/Hispanic and Polish offerings, especially, as well as Italian. I'm referring to the store in Elmwood Park but I assume the other stores are similar.

                1. I love Fresh Farms on Touhy Ave. in Skokie (or is that side of the street Niles?). They have a great variety from Eastern European to Indian, from southeast Asian to Middle Eastern and South American. Be prepared to spend an hour plus on your first visit. Great home-made Greek sausage too.

                  1. If I had to name one single store that spells "vicarious travel" I'd be hard put to it but I think I would go with the Shop & Save at S Archer & Linder. This enormous supermarket caters to its old Slavic neighbohood but bows also to other nearby (and city-wide) ethnicities. The deli counter must be two blocks long and carries hundreds of items, every known sausage and deli meat, and it sits in the midst of a walk-around deli department that carries hundreds more. To its left is a homemade Polish soups department, flanked by a small homemade lunch department, and to its right is a long-long bakery that does its own baking; I make a safari to this store specifically so I can bless my freezer with their Seven Grain Bread which makes the best toast I have ever eaten. All the usual Polish breads and pastries are here. In the rest of the store you will find entire aisles of products from Eastern Europe but there's no shortage of Hispanic and other goodies. Produce is extensive and international. The meat department features pork from Canada and it is cut the Polish way (my favorite is "pork cutlets"---boneless chops put through the cubing machine so that after you fry them they just melt in your mouth). Rich international choice extends also to cheeses, cookies, and candy. Parking of course, and the 62 Archer bus stops right in front and goes either to the Loop or Midway (transfer to Orange Line).

                    1. There is also a market just s. of Lawrence on Kedzie (SW corner) across from Andy's (which also has some intl foods) which has a lot of middle eastern foods as well as Indo/Pak foods. This market also has excellent spinach pies (made on site) which freeze very well. They are not as good as the ones from the late lamented Byblos on Clark, but almost.

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