Sad City Supermarket Guide, but the Mexican restaurant Cuchilandia has been the subject of fawning both on this blog and on the radio. Yesterday we finally tore ourselves away from Cuchilandia and tried the Dominican restaurant right next to it, El Gran Dominicano. We also figured while we were exploring we might as well do a mini review of the supermarket since we are there at least once a week.
(Ed. Note: El Mercado is on the corner of Park and Babcock)
EL GRAN DOMINICANO
Rating: A Full Six-Pack
The Good: A wide variety of Latin American and tropical groceries and produce that can't always be found in other stores. Unlike a small specialized bodega, El Mercado is a true supermarket in which one could do all their grocery shopping (and get lunch) if they wished.
The Bad: The grocery store can get quite crowded. The aisles are narrow and displays in the middle of the aisles can make them difficult for more than one shopper to navigate. The parking lot is also poorly configured with only one entrance and exit and when busy cars are literally jockeying for position to get in and out. It is best to park on Babcock Street if the parking lot looks busy at all.
For futbol fans there is a good deal of futbol jerseys also offered for sale. Inexplicably, hanging amongst the futbol jersey are a couple of Jacksonville Jaguars #52 jerseys. We have no idea what that means or why they are there, but they are. There is also a music store offering CD's of Latin artists, a gold seller/buyer and a notary all under one roof. El Mercado really is a one-stop shopping experience. Sad City highly recommends a visit to El Mercado. Located on Park and Babcock.