What's in the Nashville larder?
Having recently (and happily) relocated to Nashville, I'm interested in hearing about what the city/environs has to offer to the food do-it-yourselfer. Sure, there's lots of advice out there about restaurants, but what are your favorite places to go to stock your shelves? I am especially interested in hole-in-the-wall, off-the-beaten-track places and those with unusual ingredients. Sure, I love the Wild Oats as much as the next Hound, but what else have you got?....
Welcome to Nashville! I love it here too. My favorite place to shop for goods is K$S on Charlotte, there is one on Nolensville also. Go out Charlotte past White Bridge and it is on the left. Great options and prices. You do have to plan to use the produce almost immediately. Also the Farmer's Market on 8th is re-vamping to better feature local famers and should be a great venue soon.
Corrieri Formaggia (I'm sure I butchered the spelling) in the 12 South area is new and probably best around for cheeses, cured Italian meats, olives, and assorted Italian pantry staples.
The Produce Place on Murphy Road -- check it out for homegrown produce, exceptional selection of fruit (current crop of S.C. peaches are superb) and lots of organic items. Also serves as an outpost for Provence breads, rolls, buns, etc.
Only a few minutes down Murphy Road, veer onto 46th (at the legendary Sylvan Park Restaurant), left on Charlotte and right on 51st Ave. N. (as I recall) and look for the cinderblock building that looks like an Italian flag. That is the Italian Market -- everything Italian that a Nashvillian could dream of.
The produce stand at Hillsboro/Sharondale has great Silver Queen and Peaches & Cream corn as well as Bradley tomatoes right now.
I went to the Farmer's Market today. They are in transition now, so it looks sad and run-down, but I think that they are moving in the right direction. Good produce and a pretty good international market/booth. They need to bring back the seafood shop, as that was my main attraction to the place. They have special events and music on the weekends.
The Produce Place is lovely, and the owner and staff are all very helpful and they have done special orders for me. There is an Indian Grocery near Church and 14th with a wide variety of spices, beans, and musicals on dvd, which might be next to Taste of India.
Nashville Cash and Carry on Charlotte and 50th is great for foodservice items like giant rolls of plastic wrap or plugra butter or squeeze bottles or gloves. They can do special orders of anything that Sysco carries. There is also a Best In Town Restaurant Supply store across the street, for giant saucepans or cambros or a magnet strip for your knives or a deep fat fryer.
Davis Cookware in Hillsboro Village has higher-end pans and knives and gadgets and a wide selection of salts and $20 vegetable peelers.
Little's Fish Market in Germantown has lots of catfish and tilapia and frozen rabbit and frog legs and the oldest cash register I've ever seen.
Murfreesboro has a very nice butcher off of Memorial Drive, but I can't remember the name. It is next to a private chrisian school, and they had a score of 100 from the Health Department. Everything that I ever bought from them was exceptional.
Is the Hillsboro/Sharondale thing the yellow tent near I440?