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Best Gourmet Food Stores In Charlotte

January 23, 2011 10:37 PM

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Of all one’s expenses, the amount spent on food ranks high on the list. Think of all the restaurant checks and grocery store bills. At the end of the year, it adds up to a lot. More than what you think. For those who want the best culinary investment, many elect to shop – or stop in to eat – at a Queen City gourmet food store like these four when looking for specialty items for special meals. – Jeff Hawkins
southern gourmet Best Gourmet Food Stores In Charlotte


The Southern Gourmet

9101 Monroe Road, Suite 110
Charlotte , N.C. 28270
A Southern cuisine that is as versatile as it is filling, The Southern Gourmet offers lunches, catering and special packages. The bistro also serves as a stop for customers seeking gourmet groceries. Don’t forget to have a “sugar rush” with one of these desserts: Lemon thyme pound cake, tiger butter or port wine cherry brownies. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dean & DeLuca Market Café

201 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Among the leaders in international food analysis, Dean & DeLuca Market Café continues to unearth new food products from around the world. Epicurean treats continue to be a hallmark and customers are encouraged to “get up close and fully enjoy the shopping experience,” its Web site states. Expert advice is available in each section. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earth Fare

12235 North Community House Road
Charlotte, N.C. 28277
Dedicated to healthy living, Earth Fare, located in trendy Ballantyne, offers what it deems the “best in organic and natural foods.” It’s philosophy is to sell food that grows as close to the ground as possible. The company also facilitates free healthy cooking classes. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Berrybrook Farm Natural Foods

1257 East Boulevard
Charlotte, N.C. 28203
Open since 1987, Berrybrook Farm Natural Foods was a spearhead in the local health food business. It has continued to establish a high bar, offering many hard-to-find items. The establishment also offers a popular vegetarian lunch. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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