|1760 East 8th Street
|(in Davis Manor Center shopping center)
International Food Market might be one of the few international food stores in Davis, but it is a good store. It carries primarily Indian and Middle Eastern foods and products, along with some Mexican, Brazilian, and Asian foods. Before you shell out for higher-priced spices, tea, yerba mate, rice or legumes at the Davis Food Co-op, stop by the International Food Market and possibly save yourself a couple of bucks. In addition to spices, lentils, tahini, dried fruit pastes, nuts and such, this market also carries prepared spice mixes, Middle Eastern newspapers, Hindi music & videos, a huge selection of international prepaid phone cards, prayer rugs, henna, hookahs, and other items. Homemade sweets and other finger foods are often available near the register. A small refrigerated case holds fresh vegetables, Bulgarian and feta cheeses and other items requiring refrigeration, and an even smaller freezer stores frozen goods. Even Western European transplants will find useful items such as Ribena syrup and rose water. This is probably the closest thing Davis will ever have to a Berkeley-style Indian food store!
The store also carries Haldiram's amazing line of heat-and-serve meals. As far as instant/microwaveable foods go, these are the most authentic and tasty Indian dishes you can find in Davis. Priced at $2.25 for a package that serves up to two people, they are also an incredible bargain.
The market once sold wonderful fresh samosas, but they keep changing providers, and the quality has since gone way down hill.
2005-03-14 21:00:52 Great shisha and awesome samosas on sale here, and the people who work here are really friendly —PhilBerghuis
2005-05-28 14:12:05 They currently have a bunch of really good deals on rice, including a free (good quality) rice cooker if you buy five bags of a certain brand, and "buy one bag, get two free" of another brand. In both cases, the price per pound is comparable to other bulk rice available in Davis. If you eat rice frequently, or can share with friends, it never hurts to stock up —JessicaLuedtke
2005-09-17 14:28:40 yay for a place in davis that has bollywood...now where are those tollywood movies eh? —ErnBro
2006-07-29 17:00:17 Just visited today hoping to see some international foods. Hmm... Saw only bunch of the same stuff you can find in Safeway/Albertson/Nugget but apparently spoiled on the shelves. Just my IMHO. —SergeLutsenko
2006-11-15 17:34:16 Great for picking up dried and canned foods which at the supermarket would carry an additional "exotic" charge. Saves me a trip into Sac or Berkeley for a lot of items. Limited selection, but a godsend in a place like Davis. —VivekMathrani
2007-01-25 08:17:32 Lots of spices here for cheap where normally you might pay five times the price at a supermarket. A wonderful find for certain ingrdients like cardamom and poppy seeds! —ProtoGarrett
2007-04-28 22:17:44 I really like this place. I've purchased produce, bread, cheap and oddly named treats, and rented movies. It took me quite some time to get to know this place- now I probably go by an average of twice per month, sometimes more. Be patient, you'll probably find something you like. My current favorite: the Tea Tips tea. —JeffShaw
2007-07-15 14:49:35 I bought a couple sealed bags of rice here that ended up having weevils in them (or something else that was small and crawly). Outside of that, I like the store, there's lots of interesting stuff in here to try. I just stay away from the bags of rice now. —AlexPomeranz
2007-07-24 07:22:23 the bugs in the rice is common - put some bay leaves in there —RohiniJasavala
2007-08-01 19:59:06 You tell 'em Ro, represent!
On the subject of Hindi films (or, as they're popularly called, "Bollywood"), the owner said that they don't rent enough to warrant a more expanded selection.
Incidentally, as it turns out, her sister is my neighbor back in the Bay. —JesseSingh
2007-09-18 23:35:37 This is a GREAT place to find Asian food. The prices are not really high by California standards. You guys should go over there, the owner is really friendly........ —SoMeOnE
2007-11-09 01:54:55 They have Guaraná!!! And at a very affordable price too! I bought a 12 pack ^_^ They also have the soft cream cheese spread (kinda like happy cow) and unsweetened shredded coconut (it's sweetened everywhere else, which doesn't work with my macaroon recipes). Though, they were waiting for a shipment of dried figs. —Chibi
2008-03-09 17:09:59 The samosas are great, and cheap! Get the free sauce when you buy one. —WilliamBeamish
2008-08-30 12:20:35 This is the only place I've found that sells Lebni and middle eastern style yogurt in Davis. They also have really good quality spices for really cheap. I love shopping here. —ascapoccia
2009-01-14 12:08:52 They sell shredded coconut without sugar added! (Adding sugar to coconut is a bizarrely American thing to do). —GeorgeWells
2009-02-20 13:55:16 You can make really delicious muhammara using the pomegranate molasses and the fire roasted sweet peppers that they sell here. Try the recipe: http://www.globalgourmet.com/destinations/turkey/muhammara.html —MargaretaLelea
2009-03-17 01:00:11 How are the hookah and what not pertaining to this? prices fair? eh eh —HughJass
2009-05-25 16:44:50 Hi,
Fellow BBQers...they have some awesome stuff for the bbqing !! Check out the 'Shan' masala spice mix for marinating. They also have some skewers out as well...late. —sol
2010-04-02 08:24:05 I went in here once cause I love Indian food and was hoping to find some ingredients, however upon browsing I found a lot of expired products and their naan/bread products in the back were growing mold. I pointed it out to the store clerk, the expire can goods I means, and he said it was still good. Needless to say I didn't buy anything from there. Instead I went to World Market and picked up the same item for a cheaper price and it was not expire. —kikao
2010-04-09 17:47:29 this place is awesome! has really great samosa's if they are fresh .. halal meat is a saving grace too ... —hiraalikhan
2010-06-22 17:02:12 This place has all your Indian/Pakistani grocery needs. They also started carrying fresh curry leaves !! Good luck finding them in stock though as they sell out faster than these guys can keep them in stock. Aside from curry leaves, they also now have a section for fresh vegs and fruits ( all locally grown ). —sol
2010-08-18 19:18:40 I couldn't get by without this shop in town. Huge spice collection, great prices on nuts and olive oil, and tons of things you can't get anywhere else. The baklava is some of the best in town, too! If you haven't been here yet, check it out. —JohnDudek
2010-09-22 19:37:22 The main reason I love this place is because there seems to always be something new to try. Actually, being a typical white/underexposed American, most of the stuff in the store was new. Now I've tried quite a bit of it, but they update their stock often enough that it's always an adventure. Prices are good too! —nerowski
2010-11-07 16:54:32 They have a variety of Yerba Mate: Cruz de Malta and a Leo one and there was one other. The prices are all sub $5 for 1 lb or less of yerba mate. This is far cheaper than anything at the COOP. —AnonymousOnline
2011-02-06 17:22:57 A-MAY-ZING Workers, A-MAY-ZING place =D —SanaBenHarchache
2011-03-26 18:42:26 They sell the best baklava I've ever had! Very good samosas also. The prices are good and the service is friendly. —ScottMeehleib
2011-03-31 19:22:25 Wow, I just discovered this place today. I thought I had to go into sac for some of the stuff I needed, but it turned out that this place had it! I got lavash, sumac, and will be back for the good deals on tea and for feta :) —Babhari
2011-06-19 12:08:24 The place kinda stinks! I got some Semolina that I ended up dumping the whole dessert (Basboosa) because of it. The staff are not friendly. and the place is way expensive. I'd rather go to Sac to get what I need. —AllenHasson
2011-06-19 23:33:01 Sriracha for 2.99 everyday! the big bottle —StevenDaubert
2012-03-11 16:17:44 Particularly extensive selection of Indian spices; if you need half a pound of tumeric, this is the place. —PhoebeAyers
2012-06-30 18:47:26 I love this place !! Every time I go here, I discover something new. They have a Portuguese drink called 'Guarana' that you HAVE to try. My Brazilian friend found a bunch of other stuff that she hadn't had since moving to the states. —sol
2012-07-31 18:20:35 Great shop with a lot of variety. Especially people from the subcontinent can find a wealth of ingredients necessary for their curries. I'll definitely be coming back. Note that the outside isn't red anymore, but grey. —MAIkram