6 Houston Grocery Stores and Specialty Markets

POV: You’ve found a recipe that tickles your fancy and now it’s time to go through the ingredient list to make sure you’re ready to cook. Chicken? Check. Tamarind? Not really. Mango chutney? Oh oh.

Before giving up on the idea altogether, consider heading to one of Houston‘s various retailers, where you’ll find everything you need and more. Asian grocery stores and weekly farmers markets offer a treasure trove of interesting sauces and oils, aromatic herbs and sustainable produce. So it’s no surprise that the best chefs in town show up for their own races.

Whether you’re whipping up a garden-fresh salad or a hearty savory curry with Gulf fish, check out our store selections filled with restaurant-worthy ingredients.

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99 Ranch Market has three locations in the Houston area.

99 Ranch Market

99 Ranch Market


For decades, 99 ranch wowed Houstonians for its wide selection of Asian condiments, preserves and spices. Whether it’s a fiery Thai sauce you’re planning to amp up, a tangy ramen that just needs the right noodle, or a curry that calls for a potent fish sauce, this market will have what you’re looking for. .

Find it: 1005 Blalock Rd, Houston, TX 77055; (713)-932-8899
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm

Find it: 3430 Hwy 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478; (281) 980-6699
Hours: Daily 9am-9pm

Find it: 569 Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450; (832) 321-9899
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 8am-9pm

Airline Seafood is now on Richmond, but opened in the 1940s on Airline Drive.

Airline Seafood is now on Richmond, but opened in the 1940s on Airline Drive.

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Seafood

This 75 year old shop has long been frequented by Houston chefs looking to get top quality seafood for their restaurants, and it also happens to be open to the public. The airline prides itself on offering the freshest seafood in the Gulf, including red fish, grouper, flounder and snow crab. Visit the store and take your pick of fish to cook at home, or find their stall at the weekly Urban Harvest Market.

Find it: 1841 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098; (713)-526-2351
Hours: Monday 8am-3pm; Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm; Saturday 9am-3pm

H Mart is one of the best Asian grocery stores in the Houston area and the country.

H Mart is one of the best Asian grocery stores in the Houston area and the country.

Craig Moseley/staff photographer

H-Mart

Instead of choosing from the limited selection of East Asian ingredients at Kroger or HEB, opt for a visit to H-Mart, a full-sized Asian grocery chain that offers aisle after aisle well-stocked with sauces, pastes, oils and more. Find noodles of all kinds, frozen dumplings, boba ice cream, and even imported packaged snacks like ginger gum and salted egg crisps. The produce department is equally impressive, with fruits such as the Korean singo pear and hard-to-find herbs and peppers. Proteins like beef sirloin and chicken bulgogi are marinated and ready to cook.

Find it: 9896 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036; (713)-468-0606
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Find it: 1302 Blalock Road, Houston, TX 77055; (713)-270-1110
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Find it: 23119 Colonial Parkway, Katy, TX 77449
Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Houston Farmers Market

The new revamped Houston Farmers Market (formerly Canino’s) is a one-stop outdoor store where you can browse a variety of stalls touting the bounty of the season. A must for Mexican cuisine in particular, the market offers vibrant and colorful produce, beans and grains, as well as fragrant herbs and chilies. And if you need inspiration, grab a meal at one of Chef Chris Shepherd’s restaurants, Wild Oats or Underbelly Burger, located on-site.

Find it: 2520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX 77009; (713)-862-8866
Hours: Daily 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Keemat Grocers on Hillcroft is a must for Indian produce.

Keemat Grocers on Hillcroft is a must for Indian produce.

Keemat Grocers

Keemat Grocers

This unassuming little market set among the many clothing stores and cafes in Mahatma Gandhi’s district was put on the map by Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’, but savvy locals have visited Keemat for almost 30 years. The Indian market has a substantial inventory of daals, curries, chutneys and even staples like sprouted flour and ghee. Want to try your hand at making homemade dosas? Here you can score a prepackaged dosa paste.

Find it: 5601 Hillcroft Street, Houston, TX 77036; (713)-781-2892
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10.30am-9pm

The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has dozens of vendors selling produce and more.

The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has dozens of vendors selling produce and more.

Marie D. De Jesus, Houston Chronicle / Photographer

Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market

This weekly market pops up every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, with vendors touting everything from farm-fresh produce and eggs to whole prepared meals. Find quality oils and vinegars from Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Co., condiments from Chef Evelyn Garcia’s by Kin, leafy greens from Verdegreens Farms, all kinds of produce from Plant It Forward, and baked goods from Artisana Breads. As you move from tent to tent, keep an eye out for local culinary talent — many Houston chefs are market regulars.

Find it: 2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, Texas 77027
Hours: Saturday 8h-12h



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