Thanks to the immigration of families from around the world, Toledo is home to a delicious array of international foods. You can buy fresh, frozen, and canned ingredients for just about any cuisine you want to prepare in your home kitchen.
Here s a taste of the best in our area.
Indian: Deepam India deli and food market at 7406 West Central Ave. in Toledo offers a take-out menu as well as grocery items. There s Indian snacks including samosas and chaat, a variety of curries, Indian breads, vegetarian dishes, and rices. In the refrigerated cooler, vegetables include Indian squash, tiny eggplant, green mango, curry leaves, and green chilies.
Italian: Sofo Foods at 5400 Monroe St. sells Italian breads, cheeses, prosciutto, pancetta, Italian cookies and candies, and Italian pastas. There s an antipasto bar with a variety of olives, marinated artichokes, and mozzarella balls with tomato. You ll find chestnut puree, fresh pizza dough and pizza makings, and a butcher shop with meats, which include fresh veal and lamb.
Asian: Several Asian markets include Chinese, Thai, Philippine, and Japanese foods. Tee-Oriental Foods at 1101 North McCord Rd. in Holland advertises foods for Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Philippine, Indonesian, Jamaican, Laotian, Thai, African, and Japanese cooking. The shop sells Chinese buns such as custard bun, winter melon cake, moon cake, and coconut buns. The frozen food cases hold delicacies such as snail meat, abalone, and spring roll pastry. At Far East Supermarket at 522 South Reynolds Rd., there s Chinese, Japanese, and Korean specialties neatly stacked in aisles and in frozen and refrigerated compartments.
French: Petit Fours Patisserie & Cafe at 219 Louisiana Ave. in Perrysburg makes French croissants, madeleines, hazelnut cakes, florentine almond confections, choc au pain, and petit fours.
German: Kilgus Market Old World Meat & Sausage Shop at 3346 West Laskey Rd. features German meats, breads, and assorted imported foods. Meats include bratwurst, knockwurst, meat loaf, and Dutch loaf; kielbasa; mild or hot Italian sausage; smoked pork chops, and European style lunchmeats. Imported German rye breads from Canada are featured.
Middle Eastern: Toledo Markets at 3410 Dorr St. features Halal meat (meat slaughtered in accordance with Muslim dietary laws), goat, lamb, beef, chicken; a deli counter with ready-to-eat foods such as fried kibbee, grape leaves, and meat pies; Middle Eastern baked goods such as baklawi, and fresh vegetables and fruits.
Polish: Stanley s Market at 3302 Stickney Ave. features several varieties of kielbasa including smoked kielbasa, fresh bialy (white), and festival links. The market also sells Polish meats and kielbasa loaf lunch meat, Polish soup (sweet-sour), Polish coffee cake, and chrusciki pastries at the holidays.
European baked goods: Brieschke s Bakery at 5639 North Main St. in Sylvania sells Hungarian kolache nut rolls and fruit and cheese strudels. Polish coffee cakes can be special ordered. Wixey Bakery at 2017 Glendale Ave. in South Toledo makes Hungarian coffee cakes, Polish coffee cakes, German strudel, and at Christmas German lebkuchen cookies, stollen, and springerle. Haas Bakery at 2306 Starr Ave., features Polish coffee cakes, Hungarian nut rolls and poppy seed rolls, and soft pretzels.
Mexican and Hispanic: Broadway Food Center at 1503 Broadway has an amazing variety of foods, ingredients, and specialties. There s plenty of tortillas, Hispanic cheeses such as Queso Enchilado (Mexican crumbling cheese) and grated Cotija, and varieties of chorizo sausage. Fresh produce includes plantain, yucca, tomatillos, fresh jalapenos, poblanos, and yellow hot peppers.
Farther afield: British Pantry at 112 East Chicago Blvd. in Tecumseh is where you ll find HP Sauce, Heinz Baked Beans, McVitie s Biscuits, Devonshire cream, clotted cream, and English teas from Great Britain.
Zingerman s Delicatessen at 422 Detroit St. in Ann Arbor has Jewish Specialties and breads such as Jewish rye; caraway rye, pumpernickel, and onion rye.
If Detroit is your destination, don t bypass Greektown in the heart of downtown where you ll find Greek restaurants and Greek pastry shops that specialize in European baked goods as well as Greek baklava.
Kathie Smith is The Blade s food editor. Contact her at email@example.com or 419-724-6155.