Gourmet Food Stores in Portland and Seattle?
I am doing research into gourmet food stores in Portland and Seattle for an upcoming trip. I have never been to either local so am hoping for some local advice.
Not sure exactly what you're looking for. Grocery store? Bookstore? Cookware? Truffle oil and balsamic? But here goes...
Large: New Seasons, Zupan's, Market of Choice, Kitchen Kaboodle, Powell's for Cooks and Gardeners
Small: Pastaworks, City Market NW, In Good Taste, Curds & Whey, Foster & Dobbs, Square Deal Wine/Steve's Cheese, The Meadow, Cacao, Cork, People's Co-op and Farmer's Market
National Chains: Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Sur La Table
For a more or less broad selection of gourmet goodies, here are a few Seattle stores I like:
DeLaurenti's (in Pike Place Market)
ChefShop.com (they have a brick-and-mortar store at 1415 Elliot Avenue West)
Pacific Food Importers (1001 6th Ave. S., Level B)
Since the decline and demise of Larry's Markets, the best supermarkets in the area for high-end brands and more exotic items are probably Metropolitan Markets, Whole Foods and Central Markets. If they don't have Trader Joe's where you live, they're probably worth a visit, too.
If you're looking for specific items and categories--Asian specialties, spices, seafood, cheeses, wines, cured meats, etc.--tell us and we can probably suggest specialty stores for those.
I am looking for smaller gourmet food stores. Is there an area where several are located or are they spread out. I am from NYC and there every hood has a shopping area with a few specialty stores but there are also areas that you can go to which have a larger assortment of stores like areas of the west village, china town (clearly), bleaker street etc.
No, they're pretty spread out. (You should check out a New Seasons, too, just to see our local version of a Whole Foods that is in many ways superior.) I don't know when you're coming through, but I'd be glad to give you a tour if I'm in town. You can email me privately at the link below if you're interested:
Most of the smaller ones have their advantages and disadvantages with some overlap here and there, but most filling a distinct niche for the city, not just a neighborhood niche.