825 W Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX | Directions 7821229.466489 -98.507216
Neighborhoods: Edison, Central San Antonio
Don't be fooled – I was almost fooled by this store's outer shell: very old, you can tell it has lots of history. It has a lot of stock for a small store, it has tofu, ice cream, seasonings, sauces, rice, noodle, candy (yummm!) I would reccomend this store to anyone. The man was very nice.
Tokyo Mart – I liked the place, but after a recent incident where the owner was in a bad mood and was yelling at his employees, he also decided to yell at me too. Wasn't doing anything wrong. Just putting things in my basket. He didn't even apologize and stared at me as I left.
Little Tokyo – The first Japanese grocery store in San Antonio with other Japanese grocery stores coming into the scene.
It is apparent that the store is getting old due to the old fashioned shelvings and cracked tiles.
This place has a great variety of Japanese souvenirs, products, and ingredient for traditional Japanese meals.
I've been able to get all the ingredients from here to make sushi and other Japanese dishes.
There isn't a great variety on fresh produce and fish, but then again, where can you find fresh fish in San Antonio?
Compared to other stores, the prices are rather cheap for Japanese food.
The workers are kind, and will help you when asked.
Especially the manager, a shy old Japanese native gentleman who will help you as much as he can with his soft spoken broken English. But recently his daughters(so it seems) have been working and managing the customers for him.
The store doesn't give many or hardly any discounts. When buying in bulk, time should be noted.
Best days to shop: Thursday and Friday afternoons (after they get their shipments in).
Like Japan, this store is small but plentiful. – Hidden Treasure
Because this store is diminutive, recessed from the street and therefore, very inconspicuous, it's best to look for Niki's Tokyo Inn, a restaurant just next door. Although small, Tokyo Mart is an imperial palace of exotic foodstuffs, drinks and gifts, especially when considering that San Antonio can be somewhat homogenous in its offerings.
There are several shelves of simple, yet beautiful Japanese ceramics and saki sets. Just lingering over the variety of chop sticks could require one visit. As far as the perishables go, rest assured, most people will find it difficult to decipher or recognize a majority of the labeled products, but that's the fun part. Randomly grab something off the shelf, take it home and start experimenting.
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