At 5pm on a Saturday afternoon the place was packed. This could be due to the fact that a Rush concert is taking place at Copps Coliseum tonight and all the other places to get food in the area were full to overflowing. However I don't think that was the case because there were a lot of people who did not look like your typical Rush fans buying actual groceries, not just takeout as I was. I'm glad to see this because it brings people and cash into the downtown core. What I'm most pleased about Nations Fresh is that their prices are competitive to other grocery stores in the area. Also, when I compare what we paid for supper tonight to what we'd pay for delivery we actually saved money. For two people and a selection of eight different items we paid less than $25 and there are leftovers for tomorrow.
These beautiful deep fried shrimp purses were very good. Filled with chopped shrimp they were not greasy and had a nice crunch when you bit into them. I didn't use the package of Miracle Whip because that would have been too rich for my tastes and they were fine as is. $2.79 for four.
The chicken dumplings were plump and full of delicious chicken. Lightly pan fried after being steamed, they were soft without being too doughy. $2.29 for three pieces.
Not everyone is a fan of eggplant like I am but when I saw that there was a stuffed eggplant dish I had to try it. The baby eggplants were baked and had a meat filling which looked like cooked ham. I didn't care for the meat filling but the eggplant itself was very good. I paid $2.29 for six pieces.
Also for $2.29 you get a container with six torpedo shrimp. They were nothing special but were tasty.
We both really liked the Sweet & Sour Carrot and Turnip Salad. It had a vinegar dressing, but was really fresh and not overpowering like some coleslaw salads you might try. $1.99 for a container. I highly recommend this. It's healthy and very tasty.
So now I'm very full and have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow. I'll definitely go back again because there's just so much to try and there is so much variety. We joked that if the zombie apocalypse happens that's where we're heading because you could survive for years off the food they've got there.