dos hermanos mexican market opens in ypsilanti

I’d heard that the owners had already opened one store, in Adrian, Michigan, so I thought that they’d have their shit together, but I wasn’t prepaired to be as impressed as I was. It may not be as slick as say a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods, but, for what it is, I think it’s great. It’s certainly a step up from the Asian grocery that occupied the space previously. I’d be curious to hear your observations, but it seemed to me to be well-stocked, clean, well-lit, and well-run. I’m hoping they get the business they need to prosper and grow.

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  1. egpenet
    Posted June 10, 2007 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    At the Junk-In-Your-Trunk last weekend, Dos Hermanos was the talk on the street! Fabulous reponse so far. The seniors love it. The neighbors love it. The produce, etc. is fresh. And best of all … the prices, including staples like milk and eggs, are well below party store levels.

    My wife, Bonnie, is listening to Spanish lessons on her iPod as she walks. She asked me what Dos Hermanos meant, and being the snarky guy I am, I told her it means “The Two Hermans.” There’s some etymological truth to that, if you’re into Latin, but she DID catch me on it later. My apologies and a sincere BUENAS a DOS HERMANOS!

  2. dirtgrain
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Where is it?

  3. dr. teddy glass
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    On Michigan Ave, next to Abe’s Coney Island.

    And what’s those spoons?

  4. Posted June 11, 2007 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Oh, very cool. Lucky Ypsi. Two questions: do they have tamarind juice (aka jugo de tamarindo) or chayotes? Because that would be worth the drive.

  5. k
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Snacks pre-loaded into spoons are almost as appealing as meat-on-a-stick. I predict HUGE success for the Hermanos.

  6. Katy
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Walk a few blocks for some pineapple Jarritos? I’m so there.

  7. mark
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Linette’s looking forward to evening popsicle runs in the summer. (The lime ones looked really good.)

  8. mark
    Posted June 11, 2007 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    And, lest we forget:

    “We’re going to track this Hermano down and we’re going to nail him.”

  9. Posted June 14, 2007 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Of course, I raided the meat counter.
    I got some of the “real deal” authentic chorizo.

    Amazingly good.

    It’s going to be great to have a place to stomp down to, to get milk, bread, etc. – and also to have an excellent mexican grocery nearby for the proper peppers when cooking – and also for the $1 tamales!


  10. Robert
    Posted June 21, 2007 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been there yet, but I am sure I will get a chance to check it out soon because…well, because it involves food.

    For what it is worth, I wanted to mention also that there is a new authentic Polish market on South Main in Ann Arbor.

  11. mark
    Posted June 21, 2007 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Really? Where?

  12. Robert
    Posted June 22, 2007 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    It’s located at 617 South Main, south of Madison Street.

    They have some unusual and hard to find items. It’s nice.

  13. Posted June 25, 2007 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    We found that the new Polish market [Copernicus] – to be pretty overpriced. Maybe it’s gotten more reasonable or has a better selection now than when we first went. We find a lot of the same things [and lots more] at Polish markets in Hamtramck – and for a cheaper price.

    If it’s a Polish food emergency, and travel is not an option, I’d consider Copernicus.

    If it’s something more casual and a drive isn’t an issue, we go to Hamtramck.

  14. dr. teddy glass
    Posted June 25, 2007 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    If it’s just-in-time golonka that you’re looking for, then, it sounds like Copernicus is the place.

  15. Will I Am
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Store hours?

  16. mark
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been there in the last few weeks, but it seems to me that they’re open until about 9:00 or 10:00 every weeknight. I’m not sure about weekends. I know they’re open Saturdays, and I’m pretty sure they’re open Sundays.

  17. mark
    Posted April 22, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    And they need a website. When you Google them, the first thing you get is

  18. Lauren Naimola
    Posted May 25, 2008 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Dos Hermanos is the shit! My husband and I are both from Adrian, Michigan where there is a LOT of hispanic people, and Dos Hermanos makes me feel so at home! They have more than just hispanic foods/goods, it’s a great downtown market. We went recently and got three tacos, two tamales, one pan dulce, a coconut juice, a water and some milk for home for just over $10!
    I am so in love with this place and thank god it’s in Ypsi, so close to my house.

  19. egpenet
    Posted May 25, 2008 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Those folks work very hard to make everything clean and fresh evry day and to build their business. We owe Abe’s (who patiently waited for the right tenant) a debt of gratitude. Let’s support these muy fabuloso businesses.

    My favorite section of the store is the selection of dried chiles and other spices.

    My wife likes the frozen tropical fruit “popsicles.” I don’t remember what they are called. I used to call them “frescas.” My Puerto Rican friends used to have a lot of fun teaching me Spanish. So half of wehat I know is Puerto Rican slang, most likely insulting to any other Spanish-speaker in the world.

    The owners and employees are very friendly. Some are family. Introduce yourself when you go in and get to know names. They will remember you when you go back. That’s how good they are at business. And they will remember what you like to buy. They are real customer pros.

    The other thing is that you can order certain things … like pulled/spiced pork, etc. Just tell them what you want and how many pounds and … it’s there!

    Big point made above … as they grow they add basic grocery, packaged items. Give them your business, help them to grow, and they will add services and products we need.

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