Global food looks a bit run down from the outside, carts are all different and some very old, but I love this place. Cheaper than a plane ticket to the Balkans, Jamaica, or Vietnam, you will find everything you need from these countries and three dozens more. The produce section has baby bok choy, skinny eggplants, fresh lemon grass to name a few. They sell live fish. They have spices and teas from so many different places. If don't know it, it's worth the extra mile - we live 20+ miles from it but can't miss going at least once a quarter.
I like my meat, well done. Nor do I like to get my fingers greasy! This place let me peel my chix apart using a fork & 2 fingers. All juice, no grease (5 stars). Nice, crispy plaitanos, served w/veg rice. And a champagne cola to wash it down. Dinner was served!
I usually go there to buy very specific things, like russian caviar ($7-12 a small jar), persimmons ( in season in Nov-Dec), radish Daikon, thin vermicelli (for chicken soup) and rice (great selection). I would recommend this place to people from outside of tbe US, who craves something from their home country.
It is a perfect international grocery store, however they have only Spanish/some English speaking staff. They should consider adding some more professional English speaking staff to help customers around!
This store is an absolute disgrace and a complete health hazard! I am shocked it has not been shut down yet and is still operational. Incredibly poor hygiene and items not refrigerated correctly. The Ben&Jerry's ice cream we got there was moldy and turned sour - it has clearly been through multiple freeze and thaw cycles. The gallon of milk we got turned sour a week(!) before it's expiration date. Frozen dessert was also moldy and soaked through. As icing on the cake, items are overpriced and staff is rude and unhelpful. I am shocked that this store is able to continue operating in the United States in 2016 given the serious lack of basic safety and hygiene and safe food storage procedures.
I went into the store for the first time yesterday because I was in the area and wanted to try something new. I grabbed two large bottles of soda brands that looked yummy to try and headed for the checkout. The latin man at the register sneared at me with the rudest look possible and said "it's a $10 minimum for credit cards" his rudeness in his body language and looking at the only other customer in the entire enormous grocery (who happened to be next in line) shaking his head like I had done something wrong and shaming a customer for being caught off guard by a policy she had never heard of was the reason Global Food lost one of its only two customers. Its not the exotic food or even the policy that lost you what looks like much needed business, it's the rudeness. Good self sabotage Global Foods. Next time I want to try a new exotic food im headed to your competition where I'll be treated with respect.
Two issues - (1) Things go bad before the printed expiry date. (2) At the counter if you don't keep a close eye a lot of time they charge more than what's marked on the shelves.
Unfortunately at this store you always have to keep a "very close eye" on prices at the counter. I have been shopping there for years now, this is the closest grocery store so even though over the years their prices have gone up and I have had issues where milk will go bad 1 week before the expiry date (and we don't keep the milk out of fridge more than seconds when we pour it in the bowl or cup) it happened more times that I can count!! Recently even their close slaw mix went bad before expiry date. They use a wrong price (higher than listed) on random items if you don't keep a close eye. I've caught it 4 times and corrected it ($9 instead of $3, $5 instead of $2 etc.) but I am sure there were times when I didn't know or notice and I got charged more than what I should have. I haven't completely stopped shopping there because of the location proximity but I definitely do prefer the other stores now that are around now and my trips to Global foods for everything has been reduced now" because of these reasons.
Wide selection of international products but they're not consistent with their supply.. We found a particular pastry dough that we liked.. Looked for it on three separate trips and couldn't find it.. Still a terrific place.. A little pricey though
There is no return policy here, I came back after 1 day of buying and even the package unopened they denied returning the item with the receipt! Store manager lied to my face and didn't oblige by his own store return policy
1. The store stinks.
2. The store employees are incredibly rude.
3. The prices are ridiculously outrageous.
4. There are only 2 isles designated for what is considered "America. Food".
5. There is no pharmacy.
I've been living in this neighborhood for almost 9 years. This neighborhood is very diverse and a melting pot for many different nationalities, but this ridiculous. When Safeway closed, we called for a grocer that could at least provide the same quality of services as we had before. When you walk in the store you can smell all of the fish and seafood that they have sitting out on the sales floor in bins. You can also smell the dead rotting blue crabs that sell for 1.99/lbs. The meat looks dirty and turns gray rather soon after you purchase.
And something is surely not right when back of the building smells worst than a garbage landfill. Everything about this store is disgusting and wrong. I really don't understand how they pass health inspections!