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Ethnic Groceries Offer a Wide Array of Takeout Treats

By Michelle Gienow | Posted 3/1/2006

Sometimes supper is a conundrum: You don't feel like eating out—in fact, the only dining companion you desire is your TV set—but nobody delivers the meal you happen to be in the mood to eat. What's a dithering wannabe TV diner to do? Easy: Swing by one of the city's small ethnic grocery stores, pick up an array of readymade take-home treats and tidbits, and then get thy butt to the sofa. A few suggested dinner sources:

Trinacria (406 N. Paca St., [410] 685-7285) is both an Italian deli and a budget gourmet grocery. Standouts include sandwiches on freshly baked Italian bread and selections from the prepared-foods case: roasted peppers, eggplant salad, every kind of olive in the world. There are irresistible little Italian cookies for dessert, and as a bonus they have cheap bottles of wine.

Di Pasquale's (3700 Gough St., [410] 276-6787, www.dipasquales.com), like Trinacria, has the Italian deli/grocery thing going on. Choose an array of cold antipasti, or take home a hot entrée like lasagna, eggplant parmigiana or risotta, or a brick-oven pizza. Wine and beer available.

Near East Bakery (2919 Hamilton Ave., (410) 254-8970) has take-home-and-heat-up Middle Eastern treats like falafel with tahini sauce, pita pies stuffed with fillings like fava beans, olives, or spinach, and vats of olives.

Han Ah Reum (800 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, [443] 612-9020) has coolers stuffed with prepacked tubs of panchan, those tasty little appetizer treats that show up in the teeny bowls at Korean restaurants. All manner of cooked, pickled, or marinated vegetables are available, plus salads, kimchi, noodles, and precooked seafood.

Sophia's Place (Broadway Market, Fleet Street and Broadway, [410] 342-6105) is the place to get your Slavic eats on. All of Sophia's heat 'n' eat treats are homemade, including fantastic holupki (stuffed cabbage). Pickled red cabbage, smoked kielbasa, and nine kinds of pierogi round out the meal. H

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