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The Food-Lover’s Guide to the Twin Cities

The best specialty shopping for meat, cheese, sweets, and more

The Food-Lover’s Guide to the Twin Cities
Photo by Terry Brennan

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Favorite Ethnic & Locavore Markets

El Burrito Mercado
El Burrito Mercado
Photo by A. Steinberg/Sidecar

Buon Giorno

At the casual deli and market adjacent to I Nonni restaurant, Italy’s culinary history is fully represented, from the toe to the top of the boot. Buon Giorno stocks a huge assortment of olives, salumi, fresh pasta, tomato sauces, as well as ready-to-eat or heat-and-serve meals. You can always pick up a bottle from the attached wine shop. • 981 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Lilydale, 651-905-1080, bgimarket.com

El Burrito Mercado

As the largest, most comprehensive Latin grocery in the Cities, El Burrito has produce aplenty (more chilies than you can imagine), specialty meats (including tripe), Mexican bakery goods (tres leches cake), fresh tortillas—oh, and piñatas. Even its smaller offshoot in the Midtown Global Market stocks three types of Latin-American crema, should you prefer Honduran, Salvadorian, or Guatemalan. Or pick up a hot meal from the deli if you don’t feel like cooking. • 175 Cesar Chavez St., St. Paul, 651-227-2192, elburritomercado.com

Golden Fig

Local, handmade eats abound at the Golden Fig, from cheese to sunflower oil to an entire shelf full of regional salsas—and proprietor Laurie McCann Crowell is happy to share samples to help customers select just the right one. The refrigerator case is stocked with heat-and-serve take-home meals made from the same great local ingredients. • 790 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-0144, goldenfig.com

Heartland Farm Direct Market

Carrying the same fabulous ingredients used in the adjacent locavore restaurant, Heartland Farm Direct Market offers eggs, dairy, meat, and produce along with its own house line of value-added goods. Heartland’s staff excels in preserving, so its larder is stocked with pickles, preserves, charcuterie, and stocks. The deli offers ready-to-eat soups, sandwiches, salads, entrées, and baked goods. • 289 E. Fifth St., St. Paul, 651-699-3536, heartlandrestaurant.com

Holy Land

Hummus is Holy Land’s best-known product—popular enough that Costco sells it. But the main bakery/deli/grocery on Central Avenue (and smaller Midtown Global Market location) offers a depth and breadth of Middle Eastern foodstuffs, including a halal meat selection with hard-to-find cuts of goat, fresh-baked pita bread, and fresh dates, which crunch like miniature apples before they turn chewy and ripe. And if you work up an appetite while shopping, there’s always the lunch buffet. • 2513 Central Ave., Mpls., 612-781-2627, holylandbrand.com

Local D’Lish

Ann and Yulin Yin run a small North Loop shop focused on local, organic produce and packaged grocery goods produced by small farmers and artisans. You’ll find farmers’-market favorites such as Lucille’s Kitchen Garden pepper jams as well as unexpected items—Minnesota-grown peanuts, for example. • 208 N. First St., Mpls., 612-886-3047, localdlish.com

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Feb 26, 2014 12:32 pm
 Posted by  mndairyfan

Have to question the writer when this is an article for MINNESOTA monthly and they speak about two dairies, on from Wisconsin, and another from Iowa, when they have one of the best creameries in the country in New Prague, MN. Cedar Summit Farm is far superior to both of those. Just ask Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl who the best dairy is in MN. I think she'll disagree...

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