Need the freshest ingredients for a very special dinner...where do you shop?
I am making a 6 course meal for my foodie Uncle's birthday, and want to find the best possible ingredients. I will be needing, among other things, arctic char (or salmon if I can't find it), pork tenderloin, sea scallops, kumquats, and a variety of other. more easy to find stuff. Any butchers around who have Berkshire or comparable pork? I love the Fish Guy on Elston, any other recommendations for seafood? What do you all think of Whole Foods vs. any other markets on town? I am willing to venture wherever, although I live in Belmont-Cragin on the far west side (Diversey and Central). Just curious what you all think!
BTW, anyone else going to the Sweets and Savories Bordeaux dinner coming up?
One question is whether you want to shop at specialty shops, or a "one place sells all" type of place.
For recommendations for butchers and meat markets, see this topic:
And for recommendations for both meat and fish in the same topic:
In the "one place sells all" category, for absolute top quality for meat, fish, and many other items (including prepared foods as well as basics), I love Fox & Obel, in River East. It's not inexpensive, but if you're looking for top quality as well as the convenience of one place that has everything, including a lot of hard to find items, it's great. Free parking while shopping. www.fox-obel.com
You asked about Whole Foods... I shop there more for convenience than any other reason. Quality for meats and fish is pretty good, generally better than Jewel/Dominick's but not quite as good as F&O or the best specialty places; I find that their prices are generally high. I don't buy much produce there, as there are produce markets with quality that's just as good, along with much lower prices.