When I heard about Little Portugual in San Jose and Little Fiji in Haward, I was jealous. Why wasnt there a Little Poland in the area.
It turns out there is, sort of, in Mountain View. On San Antonio Road from California to Middlefield you will find a number of shops catering to the Eastern European Population.
There is Dittmars Meat with its fine selection of house made Eastern European sausages, meats and cold cuts. The Milk Pail across the street on California has baked goods from every EVERY European bakery from San Jose to San Francisco. They even had Cinderella Bakery breads, cakes and cookies.
Samovar Russian Deli and Market has Eastern European groceries and baked goods with an emphasis on Russian. The offer a changing menu of hot soups and entrees daily.
On the corner of San Antonio and Middlefield is Crossroads World Market which is the second market opened by Crossroads World Market in Hayward. Huge amount of groceries, beers, wines, cheeses, grains meats and spices. There are eight types of frozen pierogi, both sweet and savory.
Then there is the elusive Esthers German Bakery. I first saw their breads at the Mountain View stores. They had German black bread, Kraftkorn (Russian Rye) and country bread. Not yet the bread of my dreams, but heads above any other Eastern European bread maker in the area.
I was hoping to find the bakery listed at 2510 Old Middlefield. I have driven up and down that street. Cant find it. They never answer their phone. Does anyone know if they have a retail store? BTW, they have excellent thick bready pretzels.
And for a little trip, head down El Camino to Sunnyvale and stop at Win Mart which has one of the best Eastern European Delis in the area along with groceries, meats, fish and cheese.