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Grocery shopping in Portland Oregon: Specialty Groceries

Farmers Markets are back... they're just not here. They're so big, they have their own page!
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Okay, so if Fred Meyer carries organic produce and tofu, is there a place for health food stores? That may be the koan of one hand clapping. Most of these places have a niche of some sort, if only that they are the closest store.

Co-ops

Alberta Cooperative Grocery

1500 NE Alberta
(503) 280-1257
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9-10 everyday!

The new co-op is beautiful; a little bigger than People's, but much less funky. A thoughtful selection of products means stuff that you can't get anywhere else in town, as well as a solid selection of staples. They stock beer (and not just microbrews!), wine, and some of the most beautiful produce. No deli, and I didn't see any meat. Members receive 5% discount while working members receive a 15% discount on purchases. And nonmembers are of course welcome.


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Food Front Cooperative Grocery

2375 NW Thurman
(503) 222-5658
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8AM-9PM everyday

Is one of three cooperatives in town. It's the slick one. It's $150 for a lifetime membership, which can be paid over several years. Nonmembers can shop there as well. The produce is locally bought and generally organic, and while it's pricey, it's some of the best in town, with an excellent selection. Meat selection is limited, of course, but represented. And there's the deli, which is very good... Intimate neighborhood store crossed with upscale gourmet.


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People's Food Co-op

3029 SE 21st Ave. (at Tibbetts—between Clinton & Powell)
(503) 232-9051
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People's
Inside People's Coop
Alberta Food Coop is the new kid, Food Front is the nouvelle corporate style co-op, ala PCC in Seattle, and People's, People's is so damn cool. The new cob-built green expansion is done, and the new coop is spacious and well-stocked. There are seating areas both inside and out, a gorgeous meeting room, and as being totally eco-cool, they have incorporated the old original victorian house as well. They have more space and more stock. They have wonderful organic produce with signs as to where the food came from. They have a wonderful bulk section for spices, grains, organic instant mashed potatoes and the like.

I stopped by on a whim the other day and was blown away by what they offer. For example, "living foods". They have an entire section of raw foods, sprouted living foods: crackers, breads, and bars. They have baked goods, including vegan goodies. They have three kinds of dates, barley and chickpea miso, cultured veggies, Noris unhomogenized milk products, and organic Champoeg eggs. With many items, there is a factsheet. In fact, the eggs have a full 8.5 by 11 sheet talking about how the hens at Champoeg live! And, you can buy eggs in bulk, as in, by the egg!

Who knew there was hemp milk? And hemp tortillas? Obviously, in stock.

I found wildcrafted nettles, as well as papaya and pineapples, conveniently halved.

Like any coop, they have Dr. Bronners and shampoos and conditioners in bulk, but they have the most extensive bulk selection in town. They carry raw and roasted tahini, almond butter and peanut butter. Tons of oils, honeys, and vinegars, plus Bragg Amino Acids. Date sugar and agave for sweetening. Vanilla. And get this: instant soy milk.

Topping all of that off, I can get Little Pots and Pans' veggie and vegan tarts, and Ken's Artisan Breads!! And they host a year-round kick-ass all-organic farmers market on Wednesdays.


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Ethnic

Hong Phat Market

9819 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97220
(503) 254-8280
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everyday, 9am - 9pm

Hong Phat Market

Guilty Carnivore rated HPM #2 among his favorite Asian markets for Vietnamese ingredients. This is no doubt because it's a really good-sized Vietnamese market (as well as the only real supermarket in Maywood Park). Which isn't to say that they aren't serving other Asian cultures (Thai, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian), African immigrants, or the neighbors (who were all represented at the store the day I was in).

Even without Guilty Carnivore's credibility, I loved this market immediately. It's bustling on a Saturday morning, with a deli area full of Viet goodies. I started in the snack aisle, looking at pops and beers and crisps and luscious little packets of fruit jellies, and soon found myself in the largest selection of frozen shrimp in the city (really, I think it's possible). Conveniently located were all different instant sauce packets and soup mixes and bouillon cubes, including pho bo (pho broth) and pho ga (chicken pho broth). The interior aisles were the usual sorts of canned goods, noodles, rice, fish sauces, soy sauces, dishwares, and of course, an entire aisle of ramen and cups of noodles.

But things get really interesting when you get to the fresh meat and frozen food sections. While there isn't a butcher case, they will cut things to order, and you can find all the cuts that you might want for Vietnamese cooking. The selection is huge. The freezer case is full of all sorts of prepared foods... including betel nut and whole and pieced durian (the durian gets its own cooler. Open it to find out why).

The produce section has fresh noodles and tofu, naturally, as well as prepacked options like banana leaf, longan, rambutan chom chom, thai eggplant, sawleaf, bean sprouts, limes, etc.

This is just a great shopping experience. People are friendly, and once I got my armful of cup-of-noodles and bouillon cubes to the check-out counter, I asked the woman ahead of me inline about the strange shrubby herb she was buying. Both she and the checker seemed thrilled that I was asking, and even though we had some language barriers, I learned it was Indian Bitter Melon, and you have to eat it with salt and MSG (because otherwise it will taste very bad).

I just wish this was a little closer to me, as it's a great market.


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Don Poncho

2000 NE Alberta
(503) 459-4247
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Mercado Don PonchoIt's easy to damn a small tienda to faint praise. Of course they aren't going to have everything a panaderia is going to have, or a supermarket like Grande. But Don Poncho is a small mercado, and as such, it's a great one.

The highlight is the carniceria, to be certain. Lots of cuts of meat, some of it prepped for fajitas, al pastor, and adovado. There is house-made chorizo. You can get queso fresco cut to order.

But they also have a fridge case full of mexican pops and beer. A produce and bulk section with excellent prices on produce (we got 4 limes for a buck, and a bunch of cilantro for a buck). Another fridge case with cheeses and yogurts. A good supply of mexican and american canned and packaged goods. A small selection of pan dulce. A big selection of tortillas. And mexican kitchen ware like tortillas presses and lime juicers are in attendence.

If you need saint or hoodoo candles or Powerful Indian floor wax, they also have a good supply.

For such a tiny place, they have just about everything you might possibly need. Including premade masa fina, and bacon or shrimp bouillon!


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Ril's European Market

CLOSED
8220 SE Harrison (at 82nd)


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Marisa Thai Xpress

8230 SE Harrison St
(503) 774-0899
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Marisa Thai XpressThis is a very tiny joint, a combo deli and store, and I get the impression the store doesn't get a lot of visitors, which is a shame. It's a tiny little thai store, of canned and packaged goods, but they do have all the necessities like powdered coconut milk, sriracha (shark brand), and an assortment of premade curries in little packets for $2. There's no fresh fruit or veg, no meat, just canned and packaged goods.


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Om Seafood Co.

3514 SE 76th (facing Powell Blvd)
(503) 788-1984
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Om Seafood
salt-water shrimp
This chinese market has a number of things that you'd expect, like cold drinks, frozen goods, and lots of canned and bagged goods. There's some fresh veggies and tofu and fruit. But the highlight here are the tanks of live seafood. There are several tanks of lively spot prawns, a tank of Dungeness crabs, baskets of manila clams and periwinkles, and some unidentified fish that I'd hate to meet in a dark alley.

While we didn't buy any live seafood, we did pick up some limes, rice stick noodles, fortune cookies, egg tofu, shrimp chips, and the ultimate impulse item, right by the register, a baggie of little multicolored chilis. The staff was friendly and helpful.


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Pacific Super Market

6750 NE Broadway
(503) 251-0524
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Pacific Market

deli items at Pacific Market
If you are looking for vietnamese ingredients, you have a number of options. You can go to your neighborhood vietnamese market; you can go to a mega market like Uwajimaya or Fubonn, or you can go to this full-sized vietnamese grocery tucked away in a corner of Rose City.

This former Red Apple grocery is a full-sized, full-service grocery, where you might not hear any english at all. I did but only because I came upon a Somali woman with her children who had a Vietnamese friend asking the butcher questions.

They have a deli with cheap, premade banh mi, salad rolls, and who knows what all else, a huge case of fresh noodles, including vegetarian egg noodles, a small produce section with all of the usual (and unusual) vietnamese veggies, fruits and herbs, and the full butcher case, with all the tags in Vietnamese. As you might expect, they have a huge selection of tea and rice, but they also have aloe vera juice and sugar cane. Durian is in a freezer at the front of the store.

The market itself is sad and showing its age, with buckled and broken linoleum tiles on the floor, and an air of dingyness. It just seems a bit down on its heels.

And if while you're shopping, you remember that you need cosmetics, Pacific Cosmetics is tucked into the west corner of the store. It's as plush as any cosmetics counter at Nordstroms.


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International Food Supply

8005 SE Stark
256-9576
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International Food SupplyA primarily middle-eastern market adjacent to Ya Hala restaurant.


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Anzen

736 NE MLK Jr (across from the Convention Center)
(503) 233-5111
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9-6:30 M-Sat
12noon-5 Sun

AnzenAnzen has been around forever (or since 1905, and at this location for more than 30 years), and when it was announced that the eastside, store was closing in 1999, people were shocked. The Japanese Consulate General even issued a statement, calling the closure "a pity" . Then one of the brothers decided that he couldn't part with the store, and so it was that he, and it, stayed. Thank heavens! If you're looking for Japanese ingredients, including fresh fish and shellfish, in an unoverwhelming store, this is your place. Though I don't often cook Japanese, shopping at Anzen is a real treat.

They offer hot bento Monday -Saturday, fresh sushi Tuesday-Saturday, Japanese style baked goods on Wednesday and fresh mochi on Saturdays.


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An Dong Market

5441 SE Powell
(503) 777-2463
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A chinese market.


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Fubonn Supermarket

2850 SE 82nd Ave
(503) 517-8885
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best eastside pan-Asian grocery

Thuong xa Fubonn
sieu thi Fubonn
banh mi, $1.75
When you pull into the Fubonn Shopping Center, it's seriously hard to believe that this used to be PCC Southeast. Walk inside, and you're in a Asian mini-mall of established restaurants, shops, and stalls... and of course, the Fubonn Grocery.

Fubonn is named for the Cantonese phrase for wealth and health, and they are a full service SE Asian grocery along the lines of Uwajimaya, just on a slightly smaller scale. They have a deli with $1.75 bánh mì sandwiches as well as hot and cold prepared foods; huge and beautiful produce and meat areas, and just about everything you'll need for Vietnamese or Chinese cooking. For example: fresh noodles. Fubonn stocks bánh canh, bánh bot loc, hu tieu xao, and bánh tam—and that's just the rice noodles. There's also yakisoba, udon, mì hoành thánh (egg wonton noodles) and mì trung gà (thin egg noodles). Need a stewing hen? Duck heads? Bung? They've got 'em.

The live seafood selection is better at Uwajimaya, but Fubonn is clearly still gearing up.


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Martinotti's Cafe & Delicatessen
404 SW 10th Ave (at Stark)
224-9028
If you are looking for Italian staples, fresh meats and cheeses, and a touch of old world, this is your place. If you become overwhelmed, they also serve lunch.

Nam Phuong Market
6834 NE Sandy
284-3549
My favorite market in Vietnamtown. A wide selection of SE Asian staples, and an impossibly cheerful owner.

Phu Hoa Market
SE Belmont at 38th
CLOSED

Uwajimaya
10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
643-4512
7 days, 9am til at least 8pm
Looking for hard-to-find Asian groceries? Or someone to help you find an ingredient who actually has some idea of both what you're talking about, and what the ingredients are? Want to see some beautiful produce? Fish and shellfish so fresh it still swims (or scuttles)? This is your place. This huge store is devoted to primarily Asian groceries, but it also has other ethnic ingredients as well. They have a hot and cold deli if you become overcome with hunger while working your way through the store.

Vieng Lao Oriental Food Center
1032 N Killingsworth
285-7833
My favorite Asian market in Albina (of course, now that it's the only market has nothing to do with it). A friendly family runs it. Great produce.


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Uwajimaya

10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
643-4512
7 days, 9am til at least 8pm
http://www.uwajimaya.com/

Looking for hard-to-find Asian groceries? Or someone to help you find an ingredient who actually has some idea of both what you're talking about, and what the ingredients are? Want to see some beautiful produce? Fish and shellfish so fresh it still swims (or scuttles)? This is your place. This huge store is devoted to primarily Asian groceries, but it also has other ethnic ingredients as well. They have a hot and cold deli if you become overcome with hunger while working your way through the store.


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Greengrocers

Cherry Sprout Produce Market

722 N. Sumner St.
(503) 445-4959
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9-7 Monday-Saturday
9-6 Sundays

Cherry Sprout Produce Market

Think of Cherry Sprout as the daughter of the Big City Market. It started and is owned by two former employees of BCM.

The market is an interesting combination of the old Big City (which really served the old neighborhood with lots of greens and ethnic foods) and a reflection of the new neighborhood (seeking organic produce and vegan/vegetarian/health foods). Just like the old store, you can find a full fridge case full of eggs, dairy, tortillas, margarine, salsas, but you can also find fake meat and fake cheese. Lots of specialty sodas, lots of spices.

I do miss the marked-down fruit that I used to get at Big City, but I love the organics, the boca burgers, and the great selection of latin produce at Cherry Sprout.


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Big City Produce

4632 N Trenton, at Newman
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So long, Big City Produce

Attention BIG CITY PRODUCE CUSTOMERS:
It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of Big City Produce number one at 722 N, Sumner Ave on September 30, 2007. We have been here for eleven years and can no longer operate due to unforeseen economic conditions. ... We want to thank you all for your great support over the years it has been heartwarming. We really need your support at the New Columbia location (4632 N. Trenton, at Newman) to continue in business and hope you will all come on out and support us.

Hugh and Cindy Gray & Family & Staff



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Garden Products
open: winter 10am-6pm, summer 9am-7pm
5523 SE 28th St (between Woodstock and Steele)
234-7288
Betsy writes about this family-owned store... "I like to go to Garden Products and pretend that I live in a small town instead of a big city. It's very down home. Garden Products is a hybrid produce stand/ mini-convenience store. Good selection of seasonal locally grown/ organic fruits and vegetables, especially seasonal Hood River fruit. Keep an eye out for their monthly specials. Generally, the quality and prices are better than what you'd find at Safeway. There's also milk, juice and health food/junk food products (the convenience store part). Grand Central Bakery bread delivered fresh every morning."

Limbo
SE 39th, next door to Trader Joes
If you are looking for local produce, there are only a couple places in town to look: Big City Produce, a Farmers Market, and Limbo. Limbo stocks organic and nononorganic produce, and herbs. They also have an espresso and juice bar, and, they have the most extensive selection of bulk herbs I have seen anywhere. Need medicinals? Odd cooking herbs? Most likely they are here. They also carry mixed teas -- for a buck and change, the expresso bar can brew some up for you, so you can be sure you love it. While the place is much more slick than say, Big City, the atmosphere is similar -- a neighborhood market with neighborhood folks...that just happens to be next door to TJs. And just happens to have the most beautiful produce and bulk herbs in town.


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Herbs and Spices

Penzeys

11322 SE 82nd (between Otty and Causey, south of Johnson Creek, in the Winco shopping center)
(503) 653-7779
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Penzeys SpicesIf you're looking for spices, Penzeys should definitely be on your list to visit. It's a well-known midwestern mail-order spice source, and they have a store in suburban Portland. While the strip mall houses a Winco and a Hometown Buffet, walk inside the Penzeys to feel the glory and the love of culinary spices.

There's a hushed, reverent tone inside, as folks compare different types of cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper, sniff from open spice jars, and begin to act like cats around catnip. It appears that they carry everything from the catalog, in a variety of sizes (tiny .6 and .8 oz. and 1.9 oz. jars, or 4oz. and 8 oz. bags ).

Prices range from $1.09 to $11.49 (for saffron, okay?) for the smallest jars, so just about everything is really fairly inexpensive.

If you're looking for something exotic, just check their catalog online to see if they carry it. They have an excellent collection of both ground and whole chilis for Mexican, Turkish, Pakistani, Indian, and Chinese cuisines. If you're looking for a specialty spice from a particular region, you might just find it here. For example, cinnamon. They carry cinnamon sticks, like you can get at any grocery, as well as Ceylon "True" Cinnamon, China Cassia Cinnamon, Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cinnamon, and Korintje Cassia Cinnamon. Two types of oregano, three types of paprika, three different wasabis, five types of peppercorns.

As for spices you're likely to not see outside of an ethnic grocery, they carry ajwain seed (aka ajowan), annato seed, charnushka (aka nigella), galangal, kala jeera, mahlab, sumac, and zatar.

There are very nice collections of herb, chili, salt-free and pepper blends, and salad dressing, cheese and sausage seasonings, curries, as well as gift boxes. Everything has a information about where it came from and how it's used, and there are also tear-off recipes for both simple and elaborate foods.

While they've expanded their Indian/Pakistani spices, they may not have everything you need. But with over 250 spices, seasonings, and herbs, they have a great deal.


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High-End

City Market
735 NW 21st
(503) 221-3012
This is a collection of small markets -- Pastaworks, Viande meat market, a green grocer, etc., etc., in the heart of chi-chi NW. Perfect for assembling that pre-Cinema 21-movie picnic.

Pastaworks
3735 SE Hawthorne
(503) 232-1010
Yummy fresh pasta, exotic cheeses cut to order, condiments, beer, wine, veg, & a meat case. Don't expect any bargains, but it's great when you need (to look at) the best.

Strohecker's
2855 SW Patton
(503) 223-7391
This is the original high-end grocery in Portland. All but hidden in the Portland heights, these folks would not only bring your groceries to the car, they'd park it for you -- or just deliver the groceries. When I first moved here and longed for the foods from Zingerman's, decent European wine, and Vernors Ginger Ale, Stroheckers staved off my homesickness. No longer an independent, Strohecker's is now owned by Lamb's Thriftway. It makes me unbearably sad to go in there now.


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Market of Choice, Burlingame

8502 SW Terwilliger (at Taylors Ferry)
(503) 892-7331
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Market of Choice
beer!
Market of Choice is an Oregon-owned high-end grocery which has the majority of its stores in Eugene. The Burlingame store, in the location of the old Burlingame Grocery, is a very small grocery, but it manages to throw a big punch. Think of New Seasons, but even better. That's MoC. The fruit and veg section is tiny and absolutely gorgeous, filled with odd wonderful fruits like you might find at Food Front. The meat counter is full of Painted Hills beef. They have a small bulk section, and an average bulk spice selection. Everything is small but so well edited.

The danger zone, for me, is towards the cash register. The beer case—well, no one is going to confuse it with Burlingame Grocery—but they hit all the high points, both locally, from the Northwest, from the States, and internationally. The guy stocking the beer case is a font of beer knowledge. The wine section is a bit bigger, but I get the impression that it too is tightly edited. Then you have to walk past the cheese case, the wood-fired pizza oven and sandwich stand, the sushi makers, the salad bar, the deli case...

In the name of science, we tried the pizza by the slice. Perhaps there's some sort of perfume in the air that makes everything there exquisite, but for grocery store pizza, it looked really good, and it was really good. Now, it's got nothing on a good slice from Escape or Hot Lips, and it's nowhere near the league of Apizza Scholls or Ken's, but it hit the spot. And for $2, a reasonable snack.

I suspect if you regularly shopped here, it would add up. But the beer prices are competitive, and stopping in for beer, milk, and deli stuff, it doesn't seem so much more than any place else.


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Kitchen Gear

Mirador

2106 SE Division
(503) 231-5175
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Monday - Saturday 10-6, Sundays 11-5
Groovy and recycled, repurposed home & hearth stuff

Looking for cool, inexpensive kitchen things? Gourmet gear? Locally made and environmentally sensitive products for you and your home. Just plain groovy? Mirador is your place. Much of their kitchen gear is much less expensive than at the mall or Kitchen Kaboodle -- either way, it's all cool.They carry the Think Again satchels (made from recycled rubber and hemp), books, incense, soaps, aromatherapy, and much more. And they offer a 10% discount to anyone who came via human-powered or public transportation, or is a food co-op or KBOO member. Groovy!


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Locally Owned

Market of Choice
8502 SW Terwilliger
A high-end market chain from Eugene. A small but excellently edited beer selection.

The Daily Grind
40th & Hawthorne
is geeky and just doesn't care. A longtime Seventh Day Adventist store, it's now open seven days a week, full of bulk foods and all the stuff you've come to expect from a health food store. Especially the bakery, with lots of vegan goodies. No frills but friendly and knowledgeable. No meat.

Lambs Thriftway
a local chain, mostly in the 'burbs, which aims for the high-end customer.

New Seasons Market
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Ah, yay!! Another choice for locally owned groceries. You'll find these stores in Raleigh Hills, Sellwood, Orenco, and the new superstore at 33rd and Killingsworth in Cully. New Seasons is owned and operated by the former executives at Natures' who quit or were fired when Wild Oats bought the chain, and its strong points include organic produce, natural meats, gourmet cheeses, and the best deli of any grocery store in town, bar none. They offer a lot of choices. Unsure whether to get organic milk vs rBST-free vs regular? They stock all three, so you can make the decision based on both your conscience and your wallet. The fact that they buy locally whenever possible is not lost on me -- nor are the many free samples, or the obscenely beautiful produce, or the fact that the prices are in the same range as the other full-service groceries.

Sheridan Fruit Co.
409 SE MLK Jr. Blvd
(503) 236-2113
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open 7 days from 6 am til at least 6 pm
The last of the Produce Row greengrocers, Sheridan has bulk foods, a meat & cheese counter, wine, beer, etc. A small high-end-leaning market without (too) inflated prices.


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Meat Market

Gartner's Country Meat Market

7450 NE Killingsworth
(503) 252-7801
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9am-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday
10am-4pm, Sunday

Once upon a time, there was a butcher shop in each neighborhood. Then the groceries came in with instore butcher shops. But these days, those are hard to find. This is the real deal—a huge long glass case of mostly beef and pork, from ready to cook marinated or stuffed meats, smoked meats, sausages, to steaks to jerky. And ask nice, and they'll give you a big ole bone for your dog.


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Non-Locally Owned Chains

Albertsons
a national chain headquartered in Idaho. I've heard that they have a homebound delivery program that is FREE, friendly and fast. I believe they may have been the first in the Portland area to offer this service at this price.

Fred Meyer
While Fred's originated here and was a local chain until about 15 years ago, it is now owned by Kroger. Fred's is our local omnimart -- you can get organic veggies, oreos, a sweater, and a rake in the same trip...

Haggen
a relatively recent addition to the suburbs. Aiming for high-end customers. Otherwise I know nada.

Trader Joe's
Good food (most of the time), decent prices, lots of vegetarian and vegan options on the plus side; but then there are the things that ought to taste good but indeed taste very bad (there is a money-back guarantee, though). And, there is never being sure if the product you've fallen in love will be there the next time you go in. Whither pepper asiago, cilantro salsa, saga havarti? Anyways, not much produce, but plenty of groovy noshy things, both vegan, vegetarian and omnivorian, a great cheap wine selection, an extensive supply of cheeses, and a cheap vitamin & supplements section to die for. A warehouse store (with sizes appropriate for singles and small families) crossed with a speciality grocery.

Wild Oats
is a chain, formerly known as the locally owned Nature's Northwest. In all of the stores, you'll find a great beer and wine selection, and a nice cheese case.


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Vegan

Food Fight! Vegan Grocery

NEW ADDRESS!!
1217 SE Stark
(503) 233-3910
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10-8 daily

Food Fight! Vegan Grocery

The new store, in a vegan minimall (next to Herbivore, Sweet Pea Bakery [now open!] and Scapegoat Tattoo), is a huge wonderful improvement on the previous location and the previous stock. Vegans and Veggies could easily do the vast majority of their grocery shopping now at Food Fight, which is convenient and my-gosh, it took til late 2007 to make it happen?

As a vegan-friendly person, I was delighted with the store and easily spent about $70 on groceries, a cookbook, and a canvas bag.

Their strong suit used to be vegan junk food, and they are still very strong in this area. I found some wonderful looking Indian "savories" in supercheerful packaging, so many types of jerky and some great new-to-me vegan candies. They have a good-sized selection of vegan health and fitness items (protein powders, energy bars, and quick energy goos), and all sorts of vegan milks.

The fridge case is full of fun sodas, including my fave, Hi-ball, and Adina's lime-mint mojitos. They have an entire case of sheese, including creamy sheese.

The freezer case has lots of fake meat, of course, and tv dinners. The shelves area full of convenience foods like vegan ramen and NoFishGoFish canned soups (yum). They have a small bulk section, and now they have produce. They even have pet food and household supplies, like Dr. Bronner's Sal-Suds, an all-purpose cleaner that works fabulously on dishes.

Vegan toiletries -- check. Vegan books (cookbooks, philosophy, etc) - check. But perhaps the most memorable item is the nacho cheese dispenser and the grab-n-go hot dogs. Try them together -- it's really pretty good, or at least as good as the stuff you get at the convenience store.

Their web site has a great vegan/veggie guide to Portland!


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Bob's Red Mill Store

5000 SE International Way, Milwaukie
(503) 607-6455
bobsredmill.com/wholegrainstore.htm
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get there via trimet
6-6 M-F, 7-5 Sat

Bob's Red MillA specialty health food store featuring, not surprisingly, Bob's Red Mill whole-grain and organic products in their huge depth and breadth. The store features

  • flours and meals
  • oats
  • cereals
  • mixes
  • grains, beans & seeds
  • gluten-free products
  • baking aids
  • kitchen gear
  • herbs & spices
  • books

as well as breakfast, lunch, and cooking classes. Many of the more popular products are available in bulk, and they have lots of fact sheets on hand if you are trying to figure out how to cook with something. They have a huge selection of products for celiacs and vegans. If you like BRM products, or whole grains in general, this is definitely worth a visit.


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