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Specialty Produce (San Diego)

Josh | Mar 8, 200804:23 PM

A buddy of mine has been telling me about this place for a while now, so I finally met up with him and his wife to check it out. It's a large warehouse operation, supplying local restaurants with produce and other foods, but is also open to the public. Prices were marginally better than I've gotten in stores, for example 2 quarts of Juice Evolution tangerine juice was $10, which is about $4-6 in savings over a place like Whole Foods.

The interesting thing to me, though, was the huge selection of produce, including many items I've rarely seen elsewhere. I took some pics, but unfortunately not many of them came out well. Some of the things I tried to shoot, unsuccessfully, were the incredible number of micro greens they had. Celery, basil, broccoli, shiso, corn, etc. They weren't cheap: my compatriot bought a couple of containers, only to find they were $16 apiece, but if you're a fan of these the selection was impressive.

They also had lots of cheese, including boxed whole wheels of Humboldt Fog, manchego, cotija, plus the standard commodity bricks of muenster, smoked gouda, etc.

If you need food coloring-enhanced tortillas to make chips, they also had these.

Not too much in the way of organics on hand, however.

They also have a lot of dried goods, including numerous dried chiles, beans, pastas, grains, as well as exotic items like black truffles, both whole, and in shavings.

The best part for me, though, was the walk-in freezer which had a whole wall of gelato from Gelato Vero, with many flavors I've never seen from them. Mascarpone, vanilla marshmallow, creme fraiche with blueberry, maple walnut, and saffron were some of what were on hand. The price wasn't too out of control, $36/1.5 gallons. Seems like it'd be great for a party.

This is definitely a place worth checking out, if for nothing else than to walk around and see where your restaurants do some of their shopping.


Pix (the few that came out):

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