Cook Like a Pro at These San Diego Markets

The Superdiners know restaurants. They also know titanium cookware and killer markets. Where should you go for supplies and ingredients to cook like a pro?

I always enjoy the Asian markets around town. In particular, I like dropping into Mitsuwa Marketplace (4240 Kearny Mesa Road No. 119, Kearny Mesa. 858-569-6699 or The prices are really good, and they have good-quality, hard-to-find Japanese ingredients (produce in particular). Don’t tell anyone, but this is the best place in town to buy quail eggs! — Dave Morgan, CPA, avid diner

Last year, I wrote an article about sustainable cookware and kitchen gadgets and was pleased to discover an ample assortment of eco-friendly Scan Pans at Great News! Cookware and Cooking School (1788 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. 858-270-1582 or As for farmers markets, I’m charmed by the Little Italy Mercato (surrounding Date and India streets. 619-233-3769 or I adore the Asian produce from Vang’s Farm and always stop by Polito Family Farms, Pudwill Farms and Suzie’s Farm. — Susan Russo, food writer, cookbook author (Twitter @Susan_Russo)


Catalina Offshore Products (5202 Lovelock St., Linda Vista. 619-297-9797 or for off-the-boat-fresh seafood like local spot prawns. They KNOW cheese at Venissimo (three local shops; Try Tumalo Farms’ Fenacho. Hit Little Italy’s Mercato, but keep an eye on the new, expanding San Diego Public Market (1735 National Ave., Barrio Logan. Pick up some Schaner Farms Guinea hen eggs while you’re there. Great News! is a Candy Land for chefs. For cookware, grab the Staub Cast Iron 7-quart Oval Cocotte: Your grandchildren’s children will one day cherish it. — Andrew Spurgin, consulting chef and event architect,

Months back, we had a viewing party for Manny Pacquiao’s fight, so we had Giordano’s deep-dish Chicago pizzas FedEx’d to our home. I needed rocking pizza cutters and pizza pans to bake the pies in — I knew I’d find both at the well-stocked Great News! in Pacific Beach. — Joanne Arellano, human resources professional, avid Yelper, avid diner

99 Ranch Market (7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa. 858-974-8899 or for all your Asian needs and fresh seafood that can be cleaned and filleted if you wish. North Park Produce (two locations; for all your Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian goods and spices: They’ve got great lamb, cheeses and wonderful bulk grains and spices. Also Pata Negra Market (1657 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. 858-274-7282) for a taste of Spain. Great equipment, jamón, cheeses and olive oil. — Ricardo Heredia, executive chef at Alchemy Restaurant

Whole Foods does an amazing job year round. They have beautiful kale and other leafy greens. — William Bradley, executive chef at Addison

Rancho 99 Market should be on every home cook’s radar. I love the extra large lobsters! — Jeff Josenhans, director of beverage outlets and sommelier at U.S. Grant Hotel

MidEast Market on El Cajon Blvd. is my favorite place to shop for food related stuff. Not only do they carry a million teas, they have fabulous ingredients from the East Bank to India. They also grow their own lamb, goat and chickens at the family farm in Ramona. If you are feeling experimental, this is your culinary muse. — J. Dean Loring, co-owner of Burger Lounge


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