Specialty Grocery Stores
SPECIALTY GROCERY STORES
Organic. Natural. Fresh. Local. It’s a harvest of epic proportions.
Oklahoma City’s diverse food store scene is in the midst of the same dramatic upswing as its retail market, with new arrivals and concepts, each adding something new to the mix.
Whole Foods occupies one of the city’s trendiest new shopping destinations, the Triangle at Classen Curve. It enjoys a prime, near-north side location, directly adjacent to Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s campus.
NATIVE ROOTS MARKET
Meanwhile, the corner of NE 2nd St. and Walnut Ave. recently emerged as a downtown development hotspot. It’s home to an upscale Aloft hotel and the Level Urban apartments across the street from each other. It’s also where you’ll find a popular local specialty grocery concept, Native Roots. Like many of the city’s stores, it takes advantage of the state’s fresh produce and eat, providing shoppers with high-quality, local, organic food.
Oklahoma City also recently welcomed Natural Grocers, a western U.S. brand catering to health- and quality-conscious consumers. Its renowned produce section, stocked daily with fresh fruits and vegetables, nearly wraps around the entire store. Check out one of its five metro locations (Edmond, North Oklahoma City, South Oklahoma City, and Norman).
With four metro locations (Edmond, Northwest Oklahoma City, North Oklahoma City and Norman), Sprouts is a full-service natural and organic grocer.
Uptown Grocery Company, with locations in the Village and Edmond, is an upscale market focusing on natural and organic foods. It boasts an array of freshly prepared food to go, with emphasis on hard-to-find products.
ETHNIC GROCERY OPTIONS
Let’s say one day you’re looking for the right turmeric to add to your favorite Indian curry dish or coconut milk to make Thai curry. Or, on another night, when you’re in the mood to serve Mexican food at a party, you want to find churros for a dessert as a mariachi band plays.
In either case, whether your cooking tends toward Asian, Latin, Indian or Mediterranean flavors, you can probably find your ingredients at Oklahoma markets and grocery stores that specialize in international cuisine.
Super Cao Nguyen
2668 N Military Ave., (405) 525-7650
This is probably the largest and most well-known of the city’s international markets. The market is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Asian District, which is centered in the area around North 23rd Street between Western Avenue and Classen Boulevard. Selections at Super Cao Nguyen include exotic tropical fruits, a bakery, fresh meats, gifts and souvenirs, kitchen items like bamboo steamers and rice cookers, fresh produce that you can’t get in most supermarkets and seafood.
6000 SE 15, Midwest City., (405) 732-1506.
Also known as OK Oriental Foods, including Korean and other Asian groceries
Korean Oriental Market
1224 N Eastern Ave., Moore, (405) 670-5681
Mediterranean Imports and Deli
5620 N May, (405) 810-9494
This 30-year-old gourmet grocery store includes Mediterranean staples like tahini, grape leaves and halawa, goya products, olive oils and an olive bar, pastas, international coffee and teas, fresh seasonal vegetables and herbs and more. It also serves lunch.
Nunu’s Mediterranean Café and Market
3131 W Memorial Road, Suite B, in Oklahoma City, (405) 751-7000.
Run by Nunu Farhood and inspired by her mother, who cooked with Lebanese recipes that have been handed down for generations, this market and deli includes tabouli, houmas, baba ghanouj, cabbage rolls, grape leaves, kibbe, meat pies, Caprese salad, Middle Eastern pastries and more.
MEXICAN AND LATINO FOODS:
Buy For Less
This Oklahoma City-based chain offers an extensive selection of Latino foods at its Super Mercado Buy for Less locations at 2701 SW 29, 3713 S Western, 3701 N MacArthur, 415 SW 29.
Terry’s El Mariachi Supermercado
3020 NW 16, Oklahoma City, (405) 942-1529
Terry’s is a large, full-service market that carries products imported from countries such as Mexico.
Some smaller markets:
Panaderia La Mexicana, 909 SW 25 or (405) 631-9419
Rosa Blanca Mexican Grocery, 1028 SW 29 in Oklahoma City, (405) 616-0144
Spices of India, 3647 NW 39, Oklahoma City. 942-7813