Two Hispanic groceries open on east side
The past six months have ushered in two new Hispanic grocery stores in Union Township.
El Oasis Latin Products opened six months ago at 834 Ohio Pike next to Subway, while the El Porbenir (“good coming”) Grocery Store celebrated its grand opening just three weeks ago at 4505 Mount Carmel Tobasco Rd.
El Probenir owner Maria Luna says the large influx of Hispanics in the area and a dearth for traditional favorites prompted her store’s opening. But she also sees many native-born patrons, as well as immigrants from other non-Hispanic countries.
Don’t let the strip-mall locations fool you: These stores are chock-full of tasty ethnic foods, beverages and spices. El Porbenir boasts a wall full of seasonings and spices I’ve never heard of, let alone ever considered using – like rose petals used in a traditional Mexican beef dish or mayonnaise with a touch of lime. And for those who prefer their dishes spicy, both stores carry more than a dozen varieties of dried chilies.
The larger of the two stores, El Oasis is truly an oasis for both fans of Latin dishes and/or food adventurers who want to experiment with new tastes. And the store’s friendly staff is available to help answer questions and give suggestions.
For more information, call El Oasis at 513- 943-7999 or El Porbenir at 513-688-0082.