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Ethnic Markets in San Diego

oerdin | | Jan 24, 2008 12:00 PM

OK, I'm hoping to compile a list of ethnic super markets in San Diego along with people's thoughts and experiences about them. I'll start use off with a few listings.

Ranch 99 Market - Located in Clairemont Mesa this is hands down the best Chinese supermarket in town.

Lucky Seafood - Located in Mira Mesa this is probably the second best Chinese supermarket in San Diego as it is smaller and tends to have slightly higher prices then Ranch 99 but it is still a good option for hard to find items or people located in the North County inland area.

Vien Dong - With two locations (one in Linda Vista and the other on University) it seems to be the largest and best stocked Vietnamese market in San Diego though I honestly haven't spent much time in either.

Mitsuwa Marketplace - A Japanese market located off of Balboa and the 163. I haven't been here in years, my impression was that prices were a bit high though selection was good.

Bombay Bazaar Indian Grocery Store - An Indian supermarket located in Mira Mesa's Little India center. This place is near my house and I love Indian food so I spend a fair amount of time at this grocery store. Excellent price and selection for all things south Asian. There are also several other Indian shops mixed in with the restaurants in that mall.

Seafood City - Filipino supermarket located in Mira Mesa. I live 3 blocks away but I never seem to go here that much though the parking lot is always packed. I do like the ChowKing restaurant (Filipino fast food restaurant) located in the store though.

Northgate Gonzalez - A Mexican/Latino supermarket chain from LA which recently opened a store in Login Heights south of downtown. I haven't been there and I'm hoping someone can tell me more about it.

That's all the large ethnic supermarkets I know of though there are several small markets which might be interesting for people to puruse.

Tip Top Meats is a great German Butcher shop & deli on Palomar Airport Rd while Sausage King on Washington St is the best German butcher in San Diego itself.

Kabul Market on Convoy has Central & south Asian goods.

Mona Lisa and Filippi's are the best Italian deli/markets in San Diego itself though I've heard in North County there are a few more.

Persepolis International Market on Rancho Santa Fe Rd is supposed to have Iranian/Persian foods.

D.Z. Akins is the best Jewish Deli & market in town. It mostly specializes in Kosher goods and items from Israel.

Anyone know of any more? I'm sure there are lots of small ethnic markets around here so let's pool our knowledge and build up a list for our fellow foodies.

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