You can eat apple pie and hamburgers for only so long. If you're seeking ingredients to build meals in honor of your (or someone else's) culture, here's a list of some independent ethnic grocery stores. In some cases you may have to look for on-street parking, and you may not be able to hit the salad or cappuccino bars while you shop, but these just might be the best way to experience little slices of the Old Country.
In this town it can seem like sacrilege to suggest anyplace but Wegmans. But we figure you're going to discover the phenomenon that is Wegmans all on your own --- one day soon enough you'll be suggesting it as a lunchspot or having it cater your next event --- and these other, smaller places may require a little searching.
One place to get a whole lot of diversity in one fell swoop is the Public Market, 280 N Union Street, where you can find all manner of fresh and prepared food --- cheeses, meats, fish, olives, pastries, pierogies, burritos, fruits, and vegetables. The 100-year-old, year-round marketplace is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's really the best place in town for bargains and for fresh food --- everything's in season, grown regionally, usually harvested that morning. Special events happen throughout the year, including community garage sales, ethnic festivals, and chef days. Call 428-6907 for more information on the Market; or for the schedule for the 50-cent Market Shuttle (provided by the Regional Transit Service), call 654-0242.
Baigai's African Clothing & Food Market1048 S Clinton Avenue, 271-7755
CalabresellaImporters1386 Buffalo Road, 235-7860
Desi Bazaar1707 Crittenden Road, 292-1189
Dutch Market 257 Park Avenue, 271-6110
Hartmann's Old World Sausage Shop 1256 N Clinton Avenue, 266-4960
Hikari Foods and Grocery 1667 Mt Hope Avenue, 461-3180
India House999 S Clinton Avenue, 244-9210
India Market3259 S Winton Road, 427-7290
Lee's Oriental Food and Gifts 900 Jefferson Road, 272-7020
Lipman's Kosher Market 1482 Monroe Avenue, 271-7886
Namaste3047 W Henrietta Road, Suite 7, 424-2980
Ocean Garden971 S Clinton Avenue, 271-3705
Olindo's Cash and Carry Food Service 1510 Lyell Avenue, 647-1985, www.olindos.com
Palermo's Meat and Food Market 2332 Culver Road, 467-3950
Rivera's Market 258 Bay Street, 288-6480
Rubino's Imported Italian Food 1304 E Ridge Road, 544-5680; www.rubinos.net
Swan's Market 231 Parsells Avenue, 288-5320