Best SF neighbourhoods for food shopping
Posted 09 April 2011 - 03:41 PM
What are some other neighbourhoods (or micro-neighbourhoods) that have that? So far, I've tried Hayes Valley (food desert), Upper Haight (only expensive stuff), 24th & Potrero (same deal as north Mission except no yuppie stores), SOMA near the Caltrain (gigantic safeway & Whole Foods but nothing else).
Does the neighbourhood I'm looking for exist in SF?
Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:15 PM
Being on 16th and Valencia, you're also close-ish to the Alemany farmer's market, you might want to give that a shot once a week.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:45 PM
On the other side of GG Park, you can try the other major Asian market area on Irving St. There's a big veg market at 22nd & Irving. Within a few blocks are other grocers, and meat/fish/poultry purveyors.
These markets cater to an Asian clientele (though plenty of non-Asian people shop there too), so the food is fresh, and the prices are as good as I know of in SF. The produce is "commercial" (rather than organic), and the prices reflect that. When I lived in SF, I shopped mostly at the Irving Street markets because it was closer to where I lived. Occasionally I was on Clement Street, browsing at Green Apple Books, so I would pick up some groceries there.
There's an Andronico's at Irving X 14th St. I can't remember the last time I was in that store. But I thought I'd mention it.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:33 PM
A block away on Taraval by 16th Ave., there is a good produce store. You'll find a very good selection of vegetables plus a variety of ethnic (Middle Eastern mostly) grocery. Prices are also very good. For even cheaper fruits and vegetables, go to the produce store on West Portal. Just know that the selection is more limited and you won't find much more than the basics.
Not too far away (by car) on Vicente and 39th Ave., you can find seafood and Asian grocery at decent prices. I prefer this branch to the one on Irving as parking is much easier.
As for farmers markets, I went to the Alemany (Sat. AM) and the Stonestown (Sun. AM) ones often.
Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:58 AM
Also if you make the walk to the Castro Safeway, Golden Natural Foods is across Church street. They have two stores on that block, one which is mostly produce and one which has meat and a wider variety of non-produce grocery items.
Some of the little groceries (there are 6 within a block of 16th/mission) have better quality than others, though I haven't figured out which is best. The * Whole Foods (e.g. Valencia Whole Foods at 20th) are sometimes interesting.
Oh also don't forget the Heart of the City farmer's market.
Edited by mb7o, 11 May 2011 - 11:57 AM.