September 21, 2010

Favorite Ethnic Groceries in the Des Moines area

For Indian : 
Maria Groceries and Gifts
7239 Apple Valley Dr
Windsor Heights, Ia 

Maria's is the best source we've found for Indian spices, produce and other grocery products. Make sure you visit Maria's on a Friday if you want to buy fresh vegetables or fruits.  They only get the fresh stuff on Fridays, and by Saturday morning most of it is gone.  Best place to buy fresh mangoes, and the price is good.  This grocery is in a little strip mall close to the Walmart on 8th St in West Des Moines.

For Mediterranean:
Nagi Mediterranean Grocery
1133 42nd St
Des Moines, IA

Nagi's has a great selection of Middle Eastern groceries, including some that are certified Halal or Kosher.  They are the only grocery I've found so far that carries goat meat.  Also carries leg of lamb and lamb shanks for soup stock.  Wide variety of packaged dry beans, including dry chick peas, which are hard to find.  And the homemade Lebanese baklava is to die for!  This grocery is located in a strip mall off of 42nd and University in mid-town Des Moines.

For Italian:
Graziano Bros
1601 South Union St
Des Moines, IA

Graziano's is famous for their Italian sausage, but check out the homemade ravioli in the freezer case at the front of the store.  If you want authentic canned tomatoes from Italy, this is the place to go.  It's fun to check out all the pasta shapes, too.  And if you want the best Parmesan cheese, Reggiano, you can definitely find it here.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Julie,

    This message is from Maria Groceries. We found that you have published a nice piece of information about the store. Thanks you for that. I found that you have got more blogs from Indian food items and we appreciate it being Indian American . Thanks once again .
    Joseph Cheruvillil