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Gourmet Eats on the Cheap

Chef Roger Greene’s favorite money-saving and ethnic markets



    Gourmet Eats on the Cheap
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    Everyone in their right mind loves food.  But when a nice meal out just isn't in the cards (or the bank), where can you turn?  Chef Roger Greene shared the below list of his favorite money-saving markets that have the best ingredients for great, gourmet home cooking.


    1. Sea World, 1130 W Argyle St. - For lobster, Dungeness crabs, tilapia, catfish
    2. L. Isaacson and Stein Fish, 800 W Fulton Market - Excellent fresh fish, very reduced prices.  Just a few days ago fresh Halibut that smelled only of the sea was easily $10/pound cheaper than at the fancy fish stores further north.


    1. Stanley’s Fruit Market, 1558 N Elston Ave.
    2. Andy’s Fruit Ranch, 4733 N Kedzie
    3. HarvesTime, 2632 W. Lawrence Ave.


    1. Guanajuato, 3140 N California Ave.
    2. El Mercado Food Mart, 3767 N Southport Ave. - Grass-fed meat at reasonable prices, products from Argentina and South America.


    1. Al Khayyam, 4738 N Kedzie - Terrific fresh pita bread, inexpensive spices.


    1. Tai Nam Food Market, 4925 N Broadway - Noodles, shrimp, everything you need for Vietnamese and Thai cooking.
    2. Sun Wah Bar-B-Que, 1134 W Argyle - Peking Duck, BBQ Pork, cheaper than buying a raw duck. Good for use in stir fry, very inexpensive.

    I’m sure there are many that I have missed, but I have explored all of these and each one is a culinary adventure and a money-saver.

    - Roger Greene, ‘Dinner Is Solved’ Personal Chef