Specialty Food Stores

If you’re anything like us, the food a destination promises is a major factor in deciding whether to go, be it gumbo in New Orleans or lobster in Maine. Strolling around town, it’s fun to pop into the local specialty store for discovery about the region, gifts for friends (or ourselves!) and sheer curiosity. LTBB has included some info on a few stores we love to visit and hope to build the list as we grow. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment about your favorite store to tip off friends who may live in your area. Happy shopping!

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  1. jane

    Leave your suggestions for specialty food stores here. I’ll try my best to stop in! Thanks, Jane

  2. Kirsten

    NORTH MARKET
    COLUMBUS, OHIO
    http://www.northmarket.com/

    AMAZING collection of specialty foods, organic/locally raised meats, delicious local restaurant booths and organic veggies/herbs. A must-visit when you come to Columbus….

  3. Jake

    Two places in DECATUR (OUTSIDE ATLANTA, GEORGIA):

    DAVID’S PRODUCE AND COUNTRY STORE

    This hidden little gem offers all things Southern. Chocolate-covered pecans, from fresh heirloom tomatoes, vidalia onions, chow-chow, jalepeno jams, Georgia peach jelly, and they sell whole cakes (caramel cake is amazing) for about $25. My favorite feature is the bubbling pot of boiled peanuts out front. David himself will scoop out a bag for you and mine never make it all the way home because we generally eat them in the parking lot. Tip: great place to make a gift basket – a collection of local treats always pleases and it’s something unique presentation for the foodie in your life. David’s Produce 3561 Lavista Rd Decatur, GA (404) 325-0709

    YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET
    http://www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com

    Nothing like the name implies. A massive year-round, indoor source for cheap spices, wines, fresh produce, specialty foods, seafood and cheeses. Good prices. Fun place to shop. I take everyone who visits town.) 3000 East Ponce De Leon Avenue Decatur, GA (404) 377-6400

  4. Kirsten

    YE OLDE BUTCHER SHOPPE
    DETROIT, MICHIGAN
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midtown-Detroit/Ye-Olde-Butcher-Shoppe/287371061763

    Exciting new food store opening in downtown Detroit — Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe on Woodward Ave. A much needed addition to the downtown scene where food options can be limited to convenience stores!! Detroit never ceases to surprise, amaze and delight me w/ it’s spirit!

  5. kme

    CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
    http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/

    Please come to Chicago. Let’s Eat. [And Shop] And Eat.

  6. Kurt

    OZARK NATURAL FOODS
    FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS
    http://www.ozarknaturalfoods.com/index.php

    We just joined “Ozark Natural Foods” in Fayetteville, AR. It’s a great co-op with healthy and gourmet options. They carry a wide range of locally sourced fruits, veggies, coffees, baked goods, etc. The only thing they seem to lack is a great cheese selection (which is important to a Wisconsinite!)

  7. Will

    FROMAGINATION
    MADISON, WISCONSIN
    http://www.fromagination.com/

    Fromagination is a great cheese shop right on the capital square in downtown Madison, WI. They have an impressive selection of artisanal cheeses and an equally impressive staff!

    LA ESTANCIA ARGENTINA
    AVENTURA, FLORIDA (MIAMI)
    http://www.laestanciaweb.com/index.html

    It’s amazing… It reminded me of your business idea, but with a South American twist. If you’re ever in Miami you should take a look.

  8. Kristen

    TONY CAPUTO’S MARKET & DELI
    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
    http://caputosdeli.com/

    Yes, they make meatball subs for the masses, but they also have their own cheese cave (200 cheeses) and in-house salame maker. Great stuff.

  9. Kirsten

    GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT
    UPPER ARLINGTON, OHIO
    http://www.marketdistrict.com/

    A foodie destination where you can still get stuff like Jiff peanut butter and Dawn dish soap at normal prices! The concept store from mainstream retailer Giant Eagle is an awesome shopping destination that is a hybrid of artisanal market, cafe, and traditional supermarket They have several “cafes” that feature made to order dishes as well as an extensive wine/beer selection. The best part though is the enormous cheese selection from all over the world. They offer cooking demonstrations several times a day and have fun family events weekly. The butcher counter is worth a perusal—they always have some weird kind of meat like rattlesnake or reindeer. A great addition to the neighborhood!!

  10. Sipa

    BIAGIO FINE CHOCOLATE
    WASHINGTON, D.C.
    http://www.biagiochocolate.com/
    A chocolate lover’s paradise.

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