It’s been a long time since I was in Inglewood, but on a recent visit, Connie and I popped into Bite Groceteria – a hole-in-the-wall type of grocery store tucked into one of the older buildings in the area. Why hole-in-the-wall? The grocery store is actually set back substantially from the sidewalk, and if it weren’t for the huge sign with the intriguing name, we would likely have walked right by. If we hadn’t been walking, we likely wouldn’t have seen it at all.
If we had missed it though, we would have missed a treat!
Within the relatively small shop, Bite has filled every shelf and rack with delightful, eclectic goodies. Our first distraction was a very small cooler filled with unique chilled beverages (we both picked up a Grizzly Paw Ginger Beer to go). Next, while she was looking at another display I was intrigued by a very small display of tinned T|Nik tea. The Earl Grey smelled wonderful, and there were several other varieties that looked interesting, but I settled on ‘Glacier Springs Marzipan Rooibos’.
At that point Connie was looking at spices (and having a hard time choosing between the Himalayan pink sea salt, the smoked black sea salt, and the black Hawaiian sea salt) while I was looking at the unusual pastas, and then at the cooler where there was an amazing assortment of delightful things, including a small selection of caviar and duck eggs.
The meat and deli case was uninspiring (since that’s not really my interest anyways) but I headed to the jams and jellies area where I picked up some delightful Turkish Rose Jam. I’d been thinking of rose jelly or syrup for a while, and didn’t imagine I’d find it – so I was very happy to pick up the jam instead. (As an aside – the jam is fantastic, with a very clear, quite sweet rose flavour. I would have preferred a jelly though, and something more ‘pink’ in colour for the visual effect.)
We wandered to the front of the store where there’s a small selection of fresh produce, as well as candies and a cappuccino bar, and paid for our selections.
Overall, the shop had a great atmosphere, is laid out in a way to encourage exploring, and the staff were friendly- but the prices were high (as specialty goods usually are), and several items seemed to be lacking price tags. I personally find that a bit frustrating; as though I’m missing out on something. I’d highly recommend checking out Bite if you’re wandering through Inglewood, and see if some of the hard-to-find foods you’ve been looking for are nestled happily on the full shelves there!
Have you been to Bite? What hard-to-find items did you discover there? Please comment below!
Want another blogger’s opinion on Bite? Check out Dan’s post on Dan’s Good Side from August 2010.
1212 9 Ave SE