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Orlando supermarket Delis/saladbars/Takeout

nohochef May 3, 2007 03:59 AM

I will be visiting Orlando for the first time next week.
Wondering if there are any good Supermarkets with a nice Deli and Saladbar.
I love Gelsons here in Los Angeles and Whole foods. ANy thing like that in Orlando?

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    travelnfood May 3, 2007 06:10 AM

    There's a Whole Foods in Winter Park....15-20 min from downtown.

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    1. re: travelnfood
      catlike May 3, 2007 08:19 AM

      I do most of my shopping at the two Fresh Market locations, one on 434 and one on Conroy. The Whole Foods salad bar is better though. Harmoni Market on Edgewater has the best deli meats IMHO

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      beachmouse May 3, 2007 02:18 PM

      It's not quite Whole Foods, but the unofficial Florida meal default in a lot of places involves a run through the Publix deli and bakery area. Their bread is way better than Fresh Market's, and they've got respectable rotisserie chicken, prepackaged salads made at the store, and made-to-order sub sandwiches. Plus, killer key lime pie.

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      1. re: beachmouse
        jword2001 May 3, 2007 02:35 PM

        Those Subs are also about as good as a sub gets in this area!

        1. re: beachmouse
          catlike May 3, 2007 02:51 PM

          in no way trying to be argumentative but which breads do you prefer at Publix, the only Publix bread that I prefer are their french hamburger buns

          1. re: catlike
            beachmouse May 3, 2007 06:40 PM

            The french hamburger buns, the cuban rolls that are just the right consistency and size for a proper sandwich, the roasted garlic bread (top with a slice of nice cheddar and dip in a bowl of tomato soup for tasty quick dinner), a couple of the other multigrains/whole grains that are from the same case as the roast garlic, and when they've had them, the sweet potato and chocolate breads for breakfast toast. I find that their yeast breads tast like actual bread and not high fructose corn syrup-filled cotton candy like so many other grocery store breads. It's not leash-walked artisan, but they're the best by far here in the wilds of the Panhandle.

            The only breads from Fresh Market I like better are their flatbreads- definitely the superior pitas and such.

            1. re: beachmouse
              shardan01 May 3, 2007 07:32 PM

              Does your Publix have the new artisan breads? Mine does and the kalmata olive bread is delicious!

              1. re: shardan01
                beachmouse May 3, 2007 08:54 PM

                The roasted garlic and its pals are from their artisan breads case. Same goes for a ciabatta bread that I like more than Fresh Market's ciabatta.

                I just wish their supplier for the dough would start making the sweet potato bread again. Toast it, add a little bit of apple butter, and it was totally killer.

              2. re: beachmouse
                summeranne May 5, 2007 11:49 PM

                Hehe the wilds of the Panhandle... I didn't know what to do with myself when I first moved up here from the Orlando area and found out there were no Publix stores... thank goodness they started building here a couple of years later. Those were dark times.

              3. re: catlike
                travelnfood May 4, 2007 06:18 AM

                their English Muffin bread is my favorite. the french hamburger buns...when fresh...are always a hit at the BBQ.

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                  eimac May 7, 2007 05:43 AM

                  Add their rasin challah, 7 grain sourdough and seeded rye to the list.
                  Although, I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I have become addicted to Martins Potato Bread products ( from the bread aisle) Their dinner rolls and hot dog rolls have a permanent place in the freezer for a quick dog or chili dinner.

                  1. re: eimac
                    travelnfood May 7, 2007 09:29 AM

                    Martins potato breads are my favorite! i didn't mention because we were on the subject of deli/fresh. my favorite snack these days is a salami sandwich on a Martins hamburger bun...should have used the plural because it's rarely 1 sandwich. seriously addicting. i will never buy another bread from the bread isle other than Martins.

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