Ethnic Markets

For longer than Eating Milwaukee has been around, our friends have been asking us where to get ethnic groceries. "Where do I find fish balls? Who has good Thai Basil? Where can I find Teewurst?" Well, fret no more. We're here to help.

We hope to create a sort of compendium of Milwaukee's ethnic and specialty grocers, mostly because it's easier to refer our friends here than to write everything down. Need some Hungarian sausage? Talk to Frank at European Homemade Sausage on Muskego Ave. Looking for awesome fresh pita bread? Check out our friends at Attari Supermarket on 13th and Oklahoma.

This isn't us playing favorites, just a helpful hint if you're looking for something special. And, as always, we invite our friends who we forgot to list (sorry in advance!) to e-mail us their details so we can spread the market-day love!

Danger, Will Robinson! We're still working on this list!

Asian Supermarkets

Pacific Produce
5455 S. 27th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Reasons we shop there: It's HUGE! An ex-Kohl's food store, lots of beautiful exotic produce, fresh whole fish, and Hmong black chicken! PP specializes in Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Laotian/Hmong groceries, although there are small Japanese and Korean sections. Massive frozen foods selections, tons of dumplings, and whole aisles of Chinese sauces.

Rhino Foods
7411 W. Hampton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
Reasons we shop there: Rhino isn't particularly large, but it does have a wonderful selection of Laotian and Hmong foods, and my personal favorite: Bee & Flower scented soap from Shanghai.

Chu Hai
7510 W. Appleton Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53216
Why we shop there: before Pacific Produce opened, this was our go-to Asian grocery store. Lots of Lee Kum Kee sauces, and Vietnamese and Thai groceries. Tough to find parking on Appleton, but still a great neighborhood option.

Yardanarmon Superstore
3512 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Why we shop there: Yardanarmon is a Burmese grocery, so you're not going to find a lot of black bean pastes and moon cakes. But, if you need some really unusual Asian canned goods: pickles, spices, and sauces, this is a great resource.

Indian/Middle Eastern Markets

Indian Groceries and Spices
10633 W. North Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Why we shop there: Bharti and her husband and family are warm, friendly, and their store is like a food jungle safari: surprises in every corner. Nearly every need for the Indian cook is here, from Ghee to Garam Masala (whole mixed!, or pre-ground).

Attari Supermarket
3042 S. 13th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Reasons we shop there: a selection of Halal meats and prepared foods, beautiful fresh-baked pita and Turkish pizza, Iraqi spinach triangles, spices, olives, dates, and dairy products. But the big winner for us? The most authentic selection of shisha (hookah tobacco) North of Chicago. Attari also carries a number of very reasonably priced hookahs, and accessories.

Holy Land Grocery
2755 W. Ramsey Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Reasons we shop there: Holy Land is one part lunch counter, two parts grocery -- with the best (and most authentic) shawarma we've found in the city (both beef and chicken), delicious falafel, and tasty hummus. Canned goods, Middle Eastern bakery, and a good selection of shisha.

European Groceries

European Homemade Sausage Shop
1985 S. Muskego Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53204
We've already told you how much we love Frank Jakubczak, and his breathtakingly delicious sausages. If you haven't been to his store, you need to go -- there's absolutely no excuse to be in Milwaukee for any length of time and not meet Frank and sample his masterpieces! Just make sure it's on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, before 4pm. And bring cash -- Frank doesn't do credit or debit.

Parthenon Foods
9131 W. Cleveland Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
A wide selection of essentially any European grocery item your heart may desire.

Old World Deli
7630 W. Grange Ave.
Greendale, WI 53129
An awesome selection of German and Polish treats -- pierogi, sausage, veggies, soups, and seasonings. It's where I get my Vegeta!

Karl's Country Market
W156N5645 Pilgrim Rd
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051A selection of fine groceries and German food items.


  1. With over 100 varieties of home-made German wurst to choose from, plus the huge selection of fresh meats, we’re sure to please the most discriminating appetite! Just taste Karl’s German Style Sausages and you’ll see why they have won over 150 German, National and State Awards for the past 30 years! Their outstanding meat department was also Voted Milwaukee’s “Best Meat Market” by Milwaukee Magazine. From their USDA Prime and Choice meats, Award winning Sausage and unique Grocery items, you are sure to find everything you need here at Karl’s.

  2. Held's Meat Market just off Hwy 41 (about 25 mins north of the city) has great German sausages, hard salami, landjaegers, etc. We especially like the smoked sausages & brats. Great old style wieners and "hot dogs." Stock up on your way up north or make a sausage run & stock up your freezer! Ask for a taste of something if you're not sure. They also carry other Wisconsin products & cheeses.

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