Groceries around campus

Seoul Mart, located on Fifth Avenue, offers a variety of Asian groceries and ready-to-eat dishes. (credit: Chalita Maneetham | Photo Staff) Seoul Mart, located on Fifth Avenue, offers a variety of Asian groceries and ready-to-eat dishes. (credit: Chalita Maneetham | Photo Staff)

In order to stay healthy at Carnegie Mellon, students need to go beyond the food served on campus. There are a few good places near campus that, with proper planning and care, can help students take a break and enjoy some good food.

Kohli’s Indian Imports

Kohli’s is one of the closest utility stores. Aside from Indian specialties, you can get eggs, milk, and vegetables for your last-minute needs. More about Kohli’s is at www.thetartan.org/2010/4/5/pillbox/food.

Location: On South Craig Street, between Forbes Avenue and Fifth Avenue.

Seoul Mart

Seoul Mart answers all your Asian food needs and is the closest Asian supermarket. Seoul Mart carries a good variety of products, from Asian barbecue-quality beef to vegetables, Asian sauces, and Korean instant noodles.

On Saturday morning, Seoul Mart has gimbap, a kind of Korean sushi, along with other ready-to-eat dishes. At under $3, gimbap is a steal. If the weather is good, it will be sold out by 2 p.m., so make sure you get there early.

Location: Corner of Fifth Avenue and South Neville Street.

Tokyo Japanese Food Store

Located in Shadyside, Tokyo offers a variety of Japanese snacks and ready-to-eat meals. If you have ever dreamed about making a Japanese creation, this is the place to get your ingredients.

Location: Corner of Ellsworth Avenue and College Street, in Shadyside.

**Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle, nicknamed “Geagle,” is the staple grocery store for every Carnegie Mellon student. Next time you visit the Giant Eagle Market District in Shadyside, try their in-house bread for your sandwich; it’s quite delicious.

Squirrel Hill Location: Murray Avenue, three blocks down from Forbes Avenue.

Shadyside Location: On Centre Avenue just off South Negley Avenue.

Whole Foods

Steak from Whole Foods is a must for steak lovers, although it comes with quite a price tag. Even the cuts on sale will never disappoint. On a fancy day, try their dry-aged beef. You will get restaurant-quality meat at half the price.

Location: On Centre Avenue at Penn Circle South.

Strip District

With Wholey’s, Lotus, Penzeys, Mon Aimee, the Pennsylvania Macaroni Co., and many more, Penn Avenue in the Strip District is a whole street of food vendors and there’s nothing you can’t find. Yes, it is a little hard to get there, but making friends with someone who has a car is a good way to solve that problem.

Location: On Penn Avenue from 17th Street to 25th Street.

Trader Joe’s

Some people call Trader Joe’s an economical Whole Foods, a place where great food and good prices meet. However, it does take an extra effort to get there from the Carnegie Mellon neighborhood.

Location: 6343 Penn Ave., a short walk off Penn Circle.