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Jungle Jim’s – You’re in the Jungle Baby!!

Anna Edgren • April 7, 2015

This morning Kelly and I had to go out and get more groceries and run a couple of errands. We had a minor emergency as we were nearly out of cheese and beer. Driving on the interstate a couple days ago I saw what looked to be a cool grocery store. I based this assumption almost entirely on the fact that they had a neat looking logo with 2 bananas. It doesn’t take much to make an impression on me, apparently. It just so happened some of the errands we needed to run would take us through that same area, so we decided to check it out.

BOY were we in for a surprise. 

Upon entering the parking lot we were greeted with weird jungle themed music and a monorail. 

Yes, a monorail.

Monorail! Monorail! Those are various jungle animals riding on the monorail, if you look closely. 

We experienced a wide range of emotions… confusion, intrigue, skepticism. Ultimately our curiosity drove us onward. 

There were other oddities by the door, hinting at the madness inside.



Upon entering, we immediately noticed the toilets.

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Complete with a mock outhouse in the middle. 

 Surprise surprise, these outhouses are actually the entrance to the store’s normal bathrooms – 5 stalls, 4 sinks, a totally complete and modern setup. They are just trick doors. Amazing. They even won a “best restroom” competition in 2007

As we continued on, we rounded the corner to the largest selection of asian-style sauces I have ever encountered. 

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So much sriracha…

That’s when we really started to get excited. It turns out this grocery store – or as they like to call it an “international market” has EVERY FOOD KNOWN TO MAN. They had Asian, Indian, African, Mexican, European, Middle Eastern – not just one long international aisle like your typical big-city grocery store, but aisle after aisle for each region. Then they had all your standard grocery store sections, but MORE. EVERY flavor of EVERY brand of EVERY product you have ever encountered. Seriously. It was entire warehouse of food goodies. An amusement park food if you will. 

At this point Kelly and I looked at each other wide eyed, feeling a little woozy with possibility. We marched onward and promptly encountered the hot sauce section. 

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There is a whole corner of the store dedicated to hot sauce. Guarded by a man riding a firetruck. They also had rare and exotic hot sauces at astronomical prices.

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And no, that’s not $16.99…

And of course, your typical middle-america grocery store wouldn’t be complete without the hookah aisle. 

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Pretty standard

We continued on to the seafood section, where there is a gigantic boat, because of course there is:

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Each different section had what I can only imagine is literally every single option of whatever you’re looking for. You want olives? Pick from the 50+ varieties at the olive bar.  You want maple syrup? Come on down to the Maple Syrup Emporium. 

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And the cheese section, which – hello. It’s like an entire store itself. The cheeses are separated by the country they came from. 

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They even had cheeses in fun shapes!

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You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten cheese in the shape of a dolphin.

I should also mention that they have one of the largest wine selections in the country with over 12,000 wines to choose from. They also have 4,000 kinds of beer. We picked up a selection to try! 

So, we came in for cheese and beer, and we left with… almost $100 worth of groceries. Which I feel was pretty damn good considering all the temptations we ran into along the way. 

On the way out, one final treat:

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Check out Wikipedia for more on Jungle Jim’s. Or of course you can head to their website. They have events and cooking classes and things like that as well.  We loved it, it’s definitely worth stopping by if you love food and are in the area! 


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Anna Edgren • April 7, 2015

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  1. Kathy Edgren April 7, 2015 - 6:12 pm Reply

    I had a great laugh. Especially loved Kelly’s imitation of the creature as you were leaving. Not to mention the fire truck…

  2. Debbee April 7, 2015 - 7:19 pm Reply

    Holy WOW, what a store, I loved the maple syrup emporium! MMMMAPPLE! 🙂

  3. envious ;-) April 8, 2015 - 8:47 am Reply

    The hubbies looks in the first and last shots are priceless. 🙂
    Kathy, I didn’t realize he was imitating the gorilla in the last shot.
    I thought that was his reaction to the view from where he stood. lol
    Cool store!

  4. Arele Reid April 8, 2015 - 10:41 pm Reply

    So – looks like Stew Leonards has met its match! (Wait – do they have filet minyon for $4.99 a pound – if you want that then the dancing cows versus the GLUPH-faced imitation primate on logs don’t matter nearly as much. Plus ice cream cones that are almost free. )

    No matter, you have cheese, you have beer. Speaking of which, yes, you ARE running a gas engine, aren’t you. So it makes sense.


  5. Brett Ashley April 11, 2015 - 6:08 pm Reply

    Loved this. We’re taking a field trip to Jungle Jim’s!

    • Anna Edgren April 14, 2015 - 9:11 am Reply

      Yes Brett, definitely worth checking out!

  6. Libby Riemersma April 13, 2015 - 8:05 am Reply

    A friend of mine stops by Jungle Jim’s every time she is in the area and has told me all about it. I’d love to visit myself sometime. Great post! How long were you in there?

    • Anna Edgren April 14, 2015 - 9:11 am Reply

      Libby, that’s awesome! We were there for like an hour and a half. It was ridiculous.

  7. Aimee July 30, 2015 - 3:29 pm Reply

    Hi Anna! I’m the friend who told Libby R. about Jungle Jim’s. She told me you’d done a blog post about it so I thought I’d check your post out. Great write-up and photos – you did the place justice, though it’s impossible to cover all the categories of food and drink. Jungle Jim’s is just too big for that!

    We stopped there again just a few days ago and once again, there just wasn’t enough time to see everything there. But I sure try!

    • Anna Edgren July 30, 2015 - 4:24 pm Reply

      I am super jealous you got to go just recently! I keep wanting to go back but we’re all the way in Montana now ~sigh

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