by Ellen Miller - 3 Reviews - 6 List
With the abundance of grocery stores around Metro stops, it's easy to find fresh food in D.C. But when you're looking for something a little more unique, a quick visit to Safeway won't do the trick. Gourmet shops offer more options than a traditional grocery store when it comes to planning out a complex recipe that calls for a harder-to-find ingredient or looking for that perfect treat to bring to a dinner party. Check out these stores when your inner-gourmet wants to come out. (Photo: flickr user justgrimes)
Updated: November 29, 2010
Offering everything from spices and seasonings to unique cheeses and other ingredients, Dean and Deluca is a favorite among D.C. residents. Looking for a gift? Dean and Deluca allows you to create your own custom gift basket on their website.
This Penn Quarter chocolate boutique is an outgrowth from the fine dining restaurant of the same name. Offering a selection of typical chocolates complemented by more unique treats like chocolate-covered bacon, Co Co Sala is the foodie's favorite chocolate spot.
If you're searching for authentic Italian ingredients, look no further than Taylor, where fresh ingredients and Italian specialties abound. Taylor Gourmet houses a multitude of meats and cheeses direct from Italy, and also offers house-made Italian hoagies.
This discount gourmet market specializes in cheese, produce and wine. Grab some pecorino from Italy or manchego from Spain to pair with one of the wines for a relaxing night in or pick out more classics and host a wine and cheese party with friends.
Everyone knows Eastern Market is the hub for the fresh-loving foodie. Dairy, fruits, vegetables and meats-- how can you go wrong? Plus, on the weekends farmers come in for the open air food market and offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods and homemade jams.
Planning to make curry? Check out the Georgetown Spice and Tea Store, where fresh and unique spices fill the shelves. It features spices from different countries; seek out India for a splash of the authentic in your recipe.