Ethnic grocery store guide, 2011
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Milwaukee has always been known as a city of immigrants, many of whom brought their great recipes with them. Hence, it's not surprising that Brew City is loaded with great ethnic grocery stores so people from all cultures can recreate tried-and-true ethnic dishes.
Here's a list of some of Milwaukee's ethnic grocery stores. Feel free to add your favorite via the Talkback feature.
1125 N. Old World 3rd St. (414) 765-9211
Downtown's Asian Mart has everything you need to roll your own sushi: nori, rice vinegar, wasabi, soy sauce, dehydrated shiitake mushrooms and bamboo rolling pads. They also have a grand selection of other Asian staples such as noodles, oils and spices along with a bakery featuring freshly-made pastries every Friday afternoon. The hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 2 to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
3042 S. 13th St., (414) 645-5880
Attari mixes Middle Eastern groceries like exotic bulk spices and felafel mix with American items like Kraft dressing and Hamburger Helper and Latin staples like tortillas and beans. Attari bakes pita bread every day and it can often be bought still warm. There is also a meat counter stocked with whole chicken, pork chops and mounds of beef. The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
1020 E. Brady St., (414) 272-0540
Glorioso's has offered Italian specialty food and beverage items to the Brady Street neighborhood since, xx. At the end of 2010, the grocery store moved across the street into the old Brady Street Pharmacy space and now offers a larger selection of meats, cheese, oils, pasta, wines and more. The deli serves grab-and-go items and makes sandwiches, calzones and paninis to order. There is also a bakery, espresso bar and a gelato station. The hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
G. Groppi Food Market
1441 E. Russell St., (414) 747-9012
Groppi's offers Italian meats, cheese, breads and more in an intimate setting with a family-owned feel. The grocery offers Italian cheese rarities like gorgonzola dolce, Locatelli Romano and Roca parmesan and the front deli grills a variety of gigantic panini made to order while the back deli prepares one of the best fresh mozzarella salads in the city. Wine, beer, cannoli and tiramisu are also available. The hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday except Sunday when the store closes at 7 p.m.
916 S. Cesar Chavez Dr., (414) 643-0697
El Rey is a chain of Mexican grocery stores. The largest one, located at 916 Cesar Chavez Dr., boasts a very large selection of Latin grocery items, including beans, tortillas, hot sauces, meat, fresh picante, guacamole, produce, dairy, spices, rices and a full line of grocery staple items. A sit-down cafe is attached to the grocery and serves up tamales, enchiladas, burritos and more. There is also a bakery, liquor department and a great place to score religious candles and pinatas. The hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. El Rey will open a new location on 51st ad Oklahoma in late spring or early summer.
Indian Groceries & Spices
10633 W. North Ave., (414) 771-3535
Owned and operated by Dinesh and Bharti Sanghavi for more than 30 years, the mostly vegetarian store offers a variety of spices, pre-packaged meals, produce, frozen foods, take-and-go items and everything you need to replicate your favorite buffet at home including curries, chutneys, nan and more. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. except Sunday open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Viet Hoa (Pacific Produce)
5455 S. 27th St., (414) 308-1095
Pacific Produce offers a full line of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai food along with Asian cookware and gift items. There are two "fast food" restaurants on the south end of the grocery store: a Vietnamese sandwich shop and a Thai eatery. The Vietnamese sandwiches -- called bahn mi -- are served on large hoagie buns topped with pork, chicken, steak or tofu. There is also a bakery, large frozen food section and a meat department featuring everything from chicken to pigs' uteruses. The rice and noodles selection takes up two full aisles. Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
I agree! Asian International Market is fantastic. Fresh produce, locally sourced herbs in the Summer, house wares, spices, and deli selection featuring Thai restaurants in the neighborhood. Their papaya salad is also amazing!
What about Asian International Market on 34th & National. Beats many of these hands down.
It is a little confusing. Viet Hoa is off of North Ave. BUT, if you look at the sign at the Greenfield store (in the lot I believe, not the one on the store) it does say Viet Hoa Pacific Produce.
Viet Hoa is NOT Pacific Produce. Viet Hoa is at 4900 W North Ave, near 49th and North. Pacific Produce just opened last year and is not even in Milwaukee, it's in Greenfield.
Old World Polish Deli 7630 W Grange Ave. A&J Polish Deli 1215 W Lincoln Ave. European Homemade Sausage 1985 South Muskego Ave. C & R Market 3001 South 9th Place. Russian Food & Gift 3557 North Oakland Avenue. International Food 1920 East Capitol Drive. Europa Grocery Store 5316 S 27th St.
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