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Park Street Market

July 14, 2010

  • 512 N. Park Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 343-8300
  • Website (not working)

This morning, I got up and put a pork loin in the slow cooker so this evening, I will have pulled pork.  I hate using the slow cooker.  I miss last summer when I lived somewhere I could use a charcoal grill and slow smoke it for hours.  My current housing situation doesn’t allow me to do that.  It’s torture.

While eating a pulled pork sandwich is bliss, the way I tend to eat my favorite meal at home is something we picked up at a BBQ joint in Windsor.  For some reason, when my family visited Smoke & Spice before a trip to Ceasar’s Windsor, my mom ordered something called Redneck Nachos.  Ever since, I’ve been making them at home every chance I get.

In order to make the nachos, I needed chips.  Sure, I could have just drove across the street to Meijer, but I’ve been wanting to check out the new store on the north side.  I was hungry as well and I heard they had good chicken.

Park Street Market is on Park Street just north of Kalamzoo Avenue.  It’s in the North Park Street Plaza in the building that used to be a Felpasch.  There’s been a big deal about the Park Street Market opening because it’s the only supermarket on the north side of town.

As far as the grocery store goes, it’s clean and well stock with Spartan brand products.  It’s actually not much different than any other store that carries Spartan and that’s a double edged sword.  It’s bad because there’s no reason to travel there if you’re on the south side of town.  It’s great because if you’re on the north side, you can get everything you need at a good price without having to drive down South Westnedge to Hardings.

As far as the groceries go, I was only in the market for tortilla chips.  I found the chip aisle and grabbed a bag of Better Made chips which were on sale for two bucks.

My purpose for this trip was to get chicken.  J had heard through the grapevine that the market had some pretty good deli chicken.  I usually prefer going to a supermarket for chicken over a chicken place because of the price.  I picked up a 8 piece box of hot chicken for $5.  At a chicken joint, that would have cost me at least $10.

On my way to the checkout, I grabbed a Pepsi out of the cooler…which I think was turned off because it was pretty warm.  Being a neighborhood market, I didn’t have to deal with lines.  The cashier and bagger were cleaning the conveyor when I walked up.

The total for my small shopping trip was well under eight bucks with the chicken being the only thing over two bucks.

When I got home, I broke into the container holding my fried chicken.  It was starting to get cold, but still plenty warm.  I sort of prefer cold chicken anyway.  Never understood that about myself.

Anyway, it had a nice, crispy crunch and just a little bit of a salty flavor.  Definitely solid chicken as far as supermarket deli’s go and well worth the five dollar price tag.

The Park Street Market is great for the north side of town.  I take for granted now that I live within walking distance of a Meijer, but I grew up 30 miles from the nearest supermarket.  Even with transportation, I knew what I a pain in the butt it was to have to plan out trips and get everything you need for the month.  We’ve all seen the stories about grocery stores in low-income areas that tend to be dirty, expensive, and unsafe.  I don’t think that will be a problem with the Park Street Market.  It’s a really nice, clean store with a great selection.

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