steindle wrote:Relatively random question, since we have a St. Louisian in the thread: In Pittsburgh we have a wonderful area called the Strip District where basically all of the "ethnic" wholesalers are located -- it's literally about 10-15 blocks where you can pick up virtually any ingredient you would ever want (Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, various African, Italian, etc etc), for cheap prices. My fiance and I walk there once or twice a month and stock up on produce, spices, etc, and it's always a great experience.
I know that St. Louis doesn't have a direct equivalent of this, but I have heard that the Soulard Market is somewhat similar, if a much more compact version...Is it anything like that? Also, are there many region-specific grocers there (i.e. a Chinese grocery store, a Polish deli, etc)? When my fiance and I were walking around the South Grand area, we came upon what appeared to be a sort of catch-all "ethnic" grocery with food from all around the world that seemed nice but not too expansive. More stuff like that?
Thanks for your help!
The Soulard Market has a fairly large spice shop, but it is run by a single vendor. Other than that, the Soulard Market is primarily geared towards domestic produce. You can find some exotic meats and cheeses, though. For Asian groceries/spices, try Olive Blvd west of 170, there are probably 10 markets/groceries in the area. South Grand has an Afghan market. Cherokee St. west of Jefferson has a couple of Mexican grocers. The Hill has several Italian markets. I think there's an African market at Grand and Gravois.
You should be able to find everything here, but it won't be quite as convenient as the Strip District.