Driving down Farmington Ave from Hartford towards my place in Farmington, I spied a chowish looking grocery store named "Cosmos International Inc". It's about 1/2 mile East of WH Center.
I pull in and walk around and it's an impressive grocery store for the area. About 75% indo/pak stuff, and the remainder groceries from around the Mediterranean (Israel, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, etc) and a few oriental staples. There was some produce as well, for good deals on fresh ginger, garlic and coriander -- and some harder to find items such as okra, methi, etc.
The store was extremely clean, which impressed me immediately, and the shelves stocked full and high.
But the real treasure find for me was in the back of the store where their deli case was stocked with great looking Indian take away cooked in their in-store kitchen. There was about a dozen hotel pans lined up in the case filled with the classics: chana masala, navrattan korma, paneer matter, chicken tikka masala, assorted tandoor kebobs and meats. Everything is sold by the pound, from $4.99 - 6.99. (Far cheaper than the Indian hot bar at Whole Foods down the street, and surely more delicious).
There's also appetizers: pakoras, samosas and such, as well as various chat salads. And for those with a sweet tooth there's a wide selction of Indian sweets. They're open through dinner hours which is convenient.
I didn't pick any up this trip but my finely-tuned chow alarm was ringing and it's rarely failed me. I'll be back soon to report in more detail.
Cosmos International Inc.
770 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06119
Mon, Tues, Wed: 10-7:30
Thurs, Fri, Sat 10-8