Top Gourmet grocery stores in Atlanta -Shoppers list for highest quality gourmet Food
Shopping for gourmet foods can be a disaster unless you have ample resources. Fortunately if you are in Atlanta, you will be able to pick from the cream of the crop. Atlanta is known as a food mecca for restaurateurs and foodies alike, as noted from the innovative restaurants opening nearly every day that are bringing fresh flavors from all across the globe to the city. As a result, there are several places to shop for gourmet foods. Whether you are interested in serving made from scratch foods using only gourmet ingredients, or need a helping hand with a gourmet meal ready to go, here is a list of the top gourmet grocery stores in Atlanta to get you started.
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1.The Fresh MarketAt the Fresh Market you will find yourself transported to an old world European marketplace. Starting at the full service meat counter, you can purchase the highest quality fresh meats from the old style butcher or seafood from the fish counter. Moving on to the bakery, grab a cup of gourmet coffee for free as you drool over the freshly baked breads and made from scratch pastries. At the produce department, find baskets and bushels filled to the brim with natural and organic fresh produce free of blemish or rot. Grab a bouquet of freshly cut flowers in a variety of exotic blossoms at the floral stand on your way to check out.
If you are in the mood to let someone else do the cooking. Take advantage of the convenience of the delicatessen where you can find fresh rotisserie meats, homemade soups and sandwiches ready to go. The deli also serves more than 200 cheeses, included imports like entire wheels of Parmesan Reggiano alongside domestic varieties suitable for serving on sandwiches. And as for beverages, the Fresh Market has an ample supply of imported and domestic coffees, whole and ground, as well as a wine selection to rival any liquor store in Atlanta. The Fresh Market provides you with everything you need to serve a family the highest quality gourmet meals, or to prepare for a fancy dinner party.
The Fresh Market
5515 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
2.Toscano and Sons Italian MarketStep halfway across the world when you enter the Toscano and Sons Italian Market. You will find everything you can imagine is in an Italian market right in Atlanta. From the meats that range from Bresaola to Prosciutto di Parma, and every type of Italian cheeses imaginable from Asiago Pressato to Taleggio, you will be able to shop here for a year before you try some of everything. Other Italian specialties offered at Toscano and Sons include Italian jams and cooking ingredients, like Caputo “00” flour for making pasta, as well as imported olive oils, homemade pastas and Italian vegetable seeds.
You can transform the flavors into your kitchen to those of an Italian villa with all of the possibilities at Toscano and Sons. And if you are interested in getting food prepared for you, try the selection of Italian dishes including white truffle macaroni and cheese or the tiella, which is an Italian potato-zucchini casserole. Add a dozen of Italian cookies to the mix and you are good to go.
Toscano and Sons Italian Market
1000 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30318
3.Alon'sAlon’s is Atlanta’s top gourmet store. Featured in Creative Loafing and Gourmet Magazine, Alon’s is well respected in the food industry. You can find European style baked goods, including wedding cakes and artisan loafs of bread, as well as seasoned meats, prepared gourmet dishes and wines. Everything about Alon’s is perfection. They prepare all of their dishes in house using only the finest ingredients. The beef served at Alon’s is only the best, which is Meyer beef, an all-natural and hormone free carne. Seasonal organic vegetables grace the shelves, including seasonal heirloom homegrown tomatoes.
Desserts are made using high quality chocolates, which include El Rey and Scharffen Berger, and only fresh cream and top shelf butter are added. The world class cheese selection is phenomenal. You can have a custom made cheese platter ready to serve along with the wines to pair with it within a single trip to Alon’s. There is also a great selection of imported items, such as vinegars and oils, at Alon’s that you cannot find anywhere else.
1394 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
4.Sawicki'sIf you are looking for one of the top gourmet grocery stores in Atlanta that specializes in meats and seafood, visit Sawicki’s. You can find 100 percent grass fed beef raised in the area, as well as choice cuts of lamb, pork and poultry, also raised locally in Georgia. As for seafood, Sawicki’s only sells wild caught and local seafood shipped straight from the Gulf Coast and Eastern Coast daily. Depending on the season, you can purchase fresh mussels from Maine, whole lobster, clams, oysters and a wide variety of whole fish that can be fileted at the market. Sawicki’s also specializes in gourmet cheeses that are made local in northeast Georgia, so stop in and try some of the flavors from the South while in Atlanta.
250 W Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
5.Sevananda Natural Foods MarketSevananda Natural Foods Market is a co-op style gourmet grocery store that caters to vegetarians. As a member, you pay an annual fee of $20, and receive a percentage off your grocery bill, coupon booklets for items, and access to classes offered at the market, as well as dozens of other members’ only perks. However, if you are not a member of the co-op, you can still purchase items from the grocer. All of the produce sold at fresh at Sevananda is organic. You can also find specialty items, such as all-natural candles made from bees’ wax, organic herbal teas, soaps, and all-natural vitamins and supplements. The store also serves gourmet prepared foods using only organic and vegetarian ingredients, which makes eating on the go delicious as well as super healthy.
Sevananda Natural Foods Market
467 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
This article is written by Miranda B