I decided to take the boy on a little trip to the NW Side of Indy to check out a place that’s been on my to-do list for a while. We’re HUGE fan’s of the Jungle Jim’s stores in Cincinnati and visit often when in the area. Until now I haven’t really found anything remotely close in comparison in Indianapolis.
Nothing can really beat JJ’s but we were pleasantly surprised with the Saraga experience. The store is mostly grouped by country of origin and it has a nice selection of cooking equipment too. While waiting in line we saw a couple of people carrying out a multi-tier wedding cake, I didn’t expect that at all.
The produce, meat, and seafood departments were VERY impressive and they were the most crowded areas of the store. The produce department was awesome and everything looked fresh and clean. The seafood area had HUNDREDS of seafood selections both fresh and frozen. Finally, the meat department had hard to find items like whole pork shoulder, pork belly, and sliced short ribs. Next time I fire up the BBQ I’m going to visit Saraga for the meat.
Along the back part of the store are rows and rows of refrigerator and freezer cases stocked with items from all around the world, especially asian foods. If you’re looking for a speciality ingredient for a recipe there’s a good chance you’re going to find it here.
We got caught up in all the snacks from different countries and ended up with a handful of favorites and new things to try.
Saraga International Grocery has a lot of online reviews and was a very popular place on Saturday afternoon. If you’re into checking out foods form around the word it’s worth checking out Sagara. If you’ve been there or end up going there let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Saraga International Grocery
3605 Commercial Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46222
On a recent trip to Cincinnati we traveled to the north side to re-visit one of our favorite foodie destinations. Jungle Jim’s is a true landmark and worth a 2-hour drive from Indianapolis to the Queen City (we were in town for the Fourth of July holiday and a mini-summer escape).
Only until you get inside can you understand the size of this place. Think 3 Big-Box stores stuffed with row upon row of grocery supplies to cater to all corners of the earth. No matter what you are looking for it can be found at Jungle Jim’s
After you get through the huge deli and liquor sections (including $4000+ bottles of wine) you are greeted by a larger than life produce section with products from all over the world. A lot of it is unrecognizable at first but the price tags help you get it figured out.
One of the many unique things about Jungle Jim’s are the sections dedicated to world regions. Indian, Asian, Mexican products are all well represented. A new addition (since my last visit) are the hot sauce isles (yes more than one) with products grouped by alphabet.
Smaller countries get their own little rooms packed with their unique products. Looking for something unique to Holland, France, or Greece? Chances are you will find it. The British section has teas and sauces that will make an ex-pat feel like they are home again.
I was even able to find the “Tiger” seasoning I have been looking for since my last trip to Madison, Indiana where it’s used on the outstanding burgers at Shipley’s Bar & Grill.
A new 2nd location in the Eastgate area is scheduled to open in 2012. I’m really looking forward to this as it’s close to where we visit and will save me the 30-minute plus trip to the north side.
Below are some random pictures and comments from our last trip.