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May 25, 2007 02:38 PM

D.C. specialty foods shops

Hey, all—

I'm looking for independent shops that carry a range of specialty foods—boutique olive oils, vinegars, cured meats, heirloom dried beans, grains, pastas, honeys, mustards, etc. If they have a knock-out cheese selection, even better.
I've done some preliminary research already, but with this lousy search function that doesn't let you search by date, it's been a little slow going.
I'll be moving to D.C. from Atlanta in August, so I'm a little ahead of the game, but I'm planning to do some food-centric research on our next visit up, so thought I would get a head start.
Coming from a town where the farmers' markets are brilliant on quality but tiny in number, I'm already psyched about those, but I haven't found much yet in the way of specialty foods. Whole Foods is my last resort , but I'd way rather give my money to local shop owners.
Many thanks for your help.

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  1. The premier cheese shops in the DC area are in the Virginia area- Cheesetique and Arrow Wine have the finest selections of cheese. Arrow Wine is also one of the finest wine markets in the area.

    1. If you have a car, you should definitely look into Arrowine in Arlington. They have an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats, and are very generous with free samples/tastings. They also have a nice wine selection and helpful staff.

      Not sure but they might have some of the other stuff on your list (olive oil, mustard, etc.).

        1. The Uncle Brutha's store just south of Eastern Market has a great selection of hot sauces, salsas and other such things. It's a fun little place even if you're not into hot food.

          1. German Gourmet in Falls Church for German.

            Russia Gourmet has at least two outlets.

            Many asian places - try searching again on that or post again. Really same with latino.

            A few Lebanese/mediteranean/Mid-east places, including Lebanese Butcher, Medina Market, and the market behind Attilla's on Columbia Pike.

            Italian - The Italian Store, and The Deli in Herndon though I'm sure there are more.

            Probably more I'm passing over but that's a start.