Went in the store for the first time since it opened. The couple owners were extra nice, very helpful. Down to earth owners....Love their humble service and attitude. Went to just check out the store but came out spending way more then I expected to spend at that store! I think some Indian stores here in Orlando (And elsewhere for that matter) should take example of these owners. Humble, Great customer service, Great prices, No hassle straight forward with smiling face! I went to other Indian stores today and all I got was attitude!! like "You want that size? Check in the rack for yourself" OR I entered the store and left the store with the owners sitting behind the counter, not even a peep of "hello" or "thank you". If you have not tried India Emporium then please do so...They have all the Indian Groceries, Sarees, Suits, Costume Jewelery...and great prices too!! Check it out!! What do you have to loose? I definitely recommend the store!! May not have as much of the variety but let's support and encourage good business ethics and let the owners prosper and expand so we can get a better Indian stores in Orlando.
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Most items I buy are still BEFORE their best by dates depending on item. Prices are 20% to 90% off regular store cost. They do clear shelves to get the really old stuff off. Food is sorted like grocery store with salad dressings, coffee, pasta, canned, and spices together so not a warehouse which puts stuff wherever shelf space is open. There are produce, refrigerated, and frozen sections also. Example on prices: Gluten-free pasta (reg $7) 1.50 / KerryGold Butter 17 oz ($7) 4.98 / Maple syrup 32 oz ($13) 4 / Applegate Bacon ($11) 5 / Heinz Cocktail Sauce ($4) 0.80 yup under a dollar/ and got fresh Cherries for $1 per pound. Prices are on each item based on what Sacks had to pay for them. So you could find the same item with two different prices. Daily specials are written outside and on the wall as you enter, so read these for deep discounts. Everything you would find in a full price grocery store may be on the shelfs.
You know this is going to be authentic when the waitresses go in the back to rustle someone up who can speak some English. Don't worry if you can't understand each other, because whatever they bring you to eat will be good, although if you're tongue isn't toughened up by daily chile consumption you might find it a bit spicy. My favorites are Sopa de Siete Mares (Seafood Soup), Camarones al Diablo (Spicy Shrimp - man it's hot), and any of their Tortas. Hubby had their carnitas and said it was OK but not wonderful.