This consensus that seems to be forming around my off-the-beaten-path column yesterday is that:
- Lonnie Ray’s is totally badass.
- Coffee Zone and Casablanca are totally better than International Cafe, and…
- I totally should have included Natasha’s Euro Deli on the list.
Won’t argue #1. Coffee Zone and Casablanca, even if they are better (and in the case of the latter, nowadays it’s debatable), aren’t exactly unknowns in town. Probably correct on #3, I just haven’t been there enough.
One emailer describes Natasha’s:
I must sadly fault you for not including “Natasha’s Euro Deli” just south of Kea Int’l as a sixth, if not indeed the best of all of them. Try their Croatian Ajvar instead of tomato catchup, their Baltic Sprats instead of sardines, their Russian, Polish, Ukranian and other Eastern European beers, the best blutwurst I’ve had outside Germany, ham better than any I’ve found elsewhere in Columbia along with superb hard cheeses and various Russian styled fish offerings–and much uniquely more ! It really is quite a little grocery, and for them and for Columbia I hope they continue to do well.