The first time I saw Pacific Produce I was just driving by. I was on my way to pick Grace up from the airport and a portion of the highway had been shut off so I was forced to take the streets. I was early so I did a bit of exploring. As I was driving down 27th in Greenfield, I spotted Pho Viet and filed it’s location away dutifully. But as I was passing I also noticed the then yet to be opened Pacific Produce and got me curious as to what it may be. At that time information on the market was slim, but for a small excerpt in JSOnline. But what it said was just enough to confirm my suspicions and excite me to the point of giddiness – a new Asian market.
Pacific Produce takes the place of an old Kohl’s grocery store, and so the space is large and uses it to become the “largest source for Asian groceries in the Milwaukee area”; I could not be happier. I’ve been searching Milwaukee for a Asian market to visit regularly, and this is it.
The store has a comprehensive selection of items from produce to pantry items. The produce is both loose and an Asian market trend conveniently pre-packaged.
Perhaps key to any large Asian market is its fish department, which is sufficiently large with a nice selection of whole fish.
The meat section is equally large and has an “offal-ly” good selection of more difficult to find cuts that might interest a more international crowd (offal-ly good, yuk yuk). Pig trotters, check. Pig snouts, check. Kidneys, of course. Try something harder. How about spleen? Yes, and brain too if you like.
Connected to the market is a small food court with a stand selling banh mi (Banh Mi Nhu Y) and another selling Thai food (Kim’s Thai).
The market also has a area at the front that sells prepared foods like roast duck and pork buns.
I bought a pound of roast pork. It was moist and flavorful, but the skin lacked that satisfying crispiness.
What I hope most of all (for the most selfish of reasons) is that Milwaukee (Asian and non-Asians alike) come out to support this market. Why? In a word, turnover. I want my market to be full of fresh food all the time, not just in the first few weeks. The problem with some Asian markets is that you can never be quite sure how long something has been on the self. I just hope, that there is enough support to keep the inventory moving at this new Asian market in Milwaukee. Either way, I’ll be there. Now I need me some banh mi.
5455 S 27th St
Greenfield, WI 53221