If you read this blog on a regular basis, or have read it at least twice, then you know that I love to eat. You may not know that I also love to cook. There is something very satisfying about taking a bunch of ingredients and creating a meal. So, like many other Lowertown locals, I'm looking forward to the opening of the Lund's in downtown Saint Paul. Being able to walk up to the market and pick up fresh ingredients each evening will be great.
However that opening is some time off, and since I've lived in Lowertown there has only been one grocery store that I could count on to have what I needed in a pinch: the Rivertown Market. Located on Wabasha, between 6th and 7th, Rivertown Market is a complete grocery store featuring produce, meat, frozen foods, and a hot and cold deli.
On several occasions, I have been in need of an ingredient mid-recipe and relied on the Rivertown Market to help me out. It's so convenient to be able to walk a couple blocks and get what I need rather that drive up Robert Street. The fact that it's located next door to Candyland doesn't hurt either. I love an excuse to go to Candyland!
Being close is a plus, but I keep going back because the quality is good. The meat and produce are always fresh, and I've really enjoyed everything I've had from the deli. The cold salads are tasty, and there is a nice variety of cold sandwiches and entrees you can heat up at home. Or you can let them do the cooking by picking a complete dinner from the warm case, or selecting a whole rotisserie chicken.
Finally, I've always found the prices at Rivertown Market to be reasonable. Being a small shop in downtown comes with lots of expenses, but the ownership does a good job of not saddling its customers with that cost.
Rivertown Market is not the greatest grocery store in the world, but it is very good at what it tries to accomplish. It's a small grocery that succeeds at providing the local customers with a variety of fresh, tasty products at a reasonable price.
Here's hoping they continue to succeed once the big boy moves in.