City Guide: Explore San Antonio's unique grocery stores

When it comes to filling the pantry — or root cellar, meat freezer, and pickling jars — SA has more going for it than you might suspect. Next time you’re looking for that special enzyme to make your own cheese (or stuffing those sausage sleeves), try exploring some of these unique grocery stores.

Ali Baba International Food Market: Ali Baba Market carries a variety of Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, and Eastern European food items. You’ll find pickled products from around the world, bulk items, halal meats, Arabic teas, fresh produce and frozen meals, fresh-made pita bread (it sells out early!), and other Middle Eastern baked goods. 9307 Wurzbach Rd, (210) 691-1111

Green Fields Market: This natural-foods grocery store offers gluten-free baked goods, Kosher selections, locally raised meats, Texan micro-brews, over 400 bulk items, organic grocery products, handmade skin products and soaps, herbs and supplements, and international foods and beverages. 19239 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 117, (210) 495-4644,

La Michoacana Meat Market: La Michoacana is part of a Hispanic supermarket chain. The store offers an extensive meat counter where you can get more than your barbacoa on, plus fresh produce and authentic Mexican dishes and products. 1224 N Flores, (210) 223-3802,

Minnano Japanese Grocery: While the store is on the smaller side, it offers a wide variety of Japanese foodstuffs and beauty products, and probably has just about every item a genuine Asian food connoisseur could want, from fried octopus balls to tea sets, as well as figurines and Japanese mags. 7460 Callaghan Rd, (210) 340-7900

Sun Harvest: Homeopathic medicines, natural and organic groceries, meats and seafood, bulk goodies, natural vitamins, and more. 2502 Nacogdoches, (210) 824-7800, more SA locations at

(the usual suspects)

Central Market: Known for their wide array of organic products, specialty foods, bulk spices, and a generous beer aisle. 4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8600,

Whole Foods Market — Alamo Quarry: Chain-sized selection of healthy-seeming and organic products in addition to an impressive selection of wines, produce, and health items. Quarry Market, 255 E Basse, (210) 826-4676,

Read more from our 2011 City Guide here.

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