5 Louisville Grocery Stores and Restaurants with Latin American Cuisine

Often when people move to another country, they crave food that makes them feel at home. Fortunately, Louisville is home to many international markets, from food world307 W. Woodlawn Ave., which sells specialties from Myanmar and other outlets across Asia, and Five Star Halal310 W. Woodlawn Ave., which offers African and Middle Eastern specialties, at Thang Long grocery store4836 Southside Drive, which sells treats from Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia.

For Latin American residents, especially in Louisville, there are many supermarkets that sell products and brands from their home country to help cure homesickness. For people who are not from Latin America, these supermarkets, which are located everywhere in Louisville, from La Grange to Fern Creek, offer a little taste of the culture of countries like Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador and many more. others.

Here are five Latin American supermarkets, many of which also have restaurants, to visit in Louisville:

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Latin American Tienda

2809 N Hurstbourne Parkway

Tienda Latinoamericana #2 opened in June at Hurstbourne Parkway.

Tienda Latinoamericana #2 opened at 2813 N Hurstbourne Parkway, #104 in June.

This market sells authentic Latin American products and brands like Mi Costenitawho sells peppers and spices, Goyawhich offers a wide variety of products such as frozen foods, rice and sauces, as well as a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The store is open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

9901 La Grange Road; 6201 Preston Highway, Suite B; and 5624 Bardstown Road; laguanajuatoky.com

One of three Supermercado Guanajuato locations in Louisville.

Named after the city in central Mexico, Supermarket Guanajuato has three stores in Louisville. All three supermarkets have restaurants inside the stores where they mainly serve Mexican food.

A 2017 restaurant review of the Preston Highway location said the menu consisted primarily of a variety of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, along with a selection of tortas, sopes, and gorditas. A panoramic photo of Guanajuato, Mexico, the small town the owners are from, lines one wall as a mix of booths and freestanding tables and chairs fill the rest of the space.

“Guanajuato prices are affordable, with classic-topped tacos with onions and cilantro available,” former restaurant critic Lindsey McClave wrote in his review.

“All were presented on soft, warm corn tortillas. The braised pork piled on our taco carnitas was tender and filling… A touch of both homemade jalapeno cream and smoked chipotle salsa offered in squeeze bottles at the table made all the difference,” in the taco, the review says.

She added that “mealtime or not, when in the South End, Supermercado Guanajuato is worth a visit.”

A half-order plate of pollo asado (grilled chicken) from Supermercado Guanajuato comes with tortillas, refried beans topped with queso fresco and Spanish rice.

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Luis Jesús, the manager of the supermarket on Preston Highway, said the first store opened 13 years ago and the second supermarket opened seven years ago.

Jesús said the store sells products from all Latin American countries like Guatemala, Colombia and Mexico. It can also send parcels to countries in Latin America – a parcel to Mexico can cost $10 and a parcel sent to Honduras can cost $9.

All three stores are owned by Ruíz & Family LLC and are open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

4752 Bardstown Road, 8104 National Turnpike, Suite 107, 1801 Alexandria Drive, Lexington; facebook.com/Mi-Preferida-Super-Mercado

One of two Mi Preferida locations in Louisville.

This supermarket has two locations in Louisville and one in Lexington. The Bardstown Road store has a restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine.

Roxana Morales, a regular customer at the Bardstown store, said the products she buys from Mi Preferida Supermercado make her feel at home.

Morales, originally from Guatemala, grew up eating Mexican food since she lived near the border. She said she prefers Mi Preferida to stores like Walmart because she can choose the meat she wants to buy at the butcher’s counter instead of having to buy prepackaged meat.

Roxana Morales, a Guatemalan, kept looking around to make sure she remembered to buy everything she needed at Supermercado Mi Preferida.

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Some of the products she buys that are authentically from Guatemala are chicken soup, or better known as Pollo Consommé, and the brand of breading mixes ¡Yaest’a!

Hours of operation vary between the two stores in Louisville, although both are open seven days a week. The store on Bardstown Road is open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the store on the National Turnpike is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cuban food market

5422 New Cut Road, #104; yelp.com/biz/cuban-food-market-louisville

One of the things that distinguishes the Cuban market other Latin American markets in Louisville is the smell and sight of freshly baked goods as soon as you walk through the door.

These fresh products include bread, pastries and desserts. For those with a sweet tooth, some of the specialties available include very lechesa cake consisting of three types of milk, flan and brazo gypsya Swiss role filled with jelly, chocolate or some other type of candy.

Although the Cuban market does not have a restaurant, it offers a wide variety of rice, beans, fruits, vegetables and Latin American dishes like yucca and sweet potato for sale.

The Cuban Food Market is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Puebla Supermarket

4936 Poplar Level Road, 10119 Taylorsville Road, facebook.com/supermercadopuebla

This supermarket also has two different locations and specializes in Mexican groceries, including corn flour, tortilla ingredients and Horchatawhich is a Mexican drink made of rice and water.

And, if you get hungry while shopping, the Taylorsville Road location also has a restaurant that serves authentic dishes like a Mexican snack called crazy pineapple or pina locapork rind and tacos.

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Contact Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez at [email protected]; follow her on Twitter at @SoyAnaAlvarez

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