Well, maybe not 80, maybe more, maybe less depending on what you are looking for. It is easy to forget about the time in this store as you walk up and down aisles named after different countries. They have food items from countries I did not even know existed. This place is AMAZING... ya gotta go just to look at what people eat from other countries. And the prices are very reasonable...how do they get those heavy jars of marinated red peppers here so cheap? Anyway, if you want RICE, they've got bags of it from all nations, big and small, brown, white, Italian, basmati. If you want TEA, they've got the BIGGEST TEA selection of any store in St. Louis for sure, maybe even Missouri. Tea is above the frozen food bins in the middle of the store. Some items are in several places, like pasta can be on 4 different aisles depending on what country it is from. Plus, you will meet and see people from all over the world when you shop here. Sometimes I just buy things out of curiosity and discover something new that I like... and sometimes I say, yuk I won't eat that again. But that is why this place is such an adventure in international cuisine. Which is why you just might want to make sure you've got 80 minutes or more to spare. Have fun.
Going to Freddie's is like being on the set of a 1950's movie - a flash from the past and it is ALL good. It's at the corner of Big Bend & South Rock Hill, is small enough ya don't need rollerblades to get around. What amazes me is how they carry so much of what we find in the big super markets, just not so many brands - and hey why do we need to get perplexed at Schux with 78 brands of toothpaste, and 29 brands of ice cream etc. Big stores can stress ya out-too many choices. Freddie's keeps the shopping experiece simple and stress free. Plus, they do carry some quality, gourmet items, natural food items, AND they have an excellent deli and meats counter. Buy pre-made take home entress when too busy to cook. They also have a soup sandwich bar for lunch time AND they have seasonal items in the parking lot like flowers in the springtime. OH, and when ya park you're right next to the building. They've got GOOD fresh produce and store prices are reasonable too. FREDDIE's really is the "friendliest" store around (not Schnux). I luv having them in my neigbhorhood. One more thing, they are good with party trays and getting good turkeys for holidays.
Great Neighborhood Grocery Store Go to A-Z's for a nice bottle of wine. They sell a wide range of both red and whites, and always have affordable options. It's perfect if you're heading to a dinner party and just need a quick bottle. If you don't want to go to a chain/corporate grocery store and you just need a few things, or a quick snack for lunch A-Z's is your best friend. Another bonus is that it's convenient for people in the CWE. Zewdu ( Z ) The owner has excellent hospitality, a people person and well respected by the surrounding nieghborhood businesses. That's why I go back to A-Z Laclede Market when I'm in St. Louis. Great conversations about the world or whats happenening now. Being a flight attendant has taught me alot about people and exploring the world. Z's is a gem in the CWE & I always go back to the places where the atmosphere is welcoming.