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Nov 24, 2008 05:09 PM

Gourmet Shop (MSP)

I am looking for a place with lots of interesting food treasures like cheese, chocolate, cookies, etc.. If anyone is familiar with Premier in Western New York, that is what I am looking for. I have been to Surdyk's and hoped it would be more like Premier, which is 3 or 4 times the size of Surdyk's...ideas?

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  1. Is Haskell's anything like I've described? Is the Minneapolis one or the St. Paul one "better?"

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    1. re: jillbcooks

      I haven't been to Haskell's in Minneapolis, but the one in St. Paul is nothing like you've described. It's a wine shop with very limited extras in terms of cheeses and such.

      I'm not familiar with Premier, but if you're looking for a one-stop gourmet shop 3 to 4 times the size of Surdyk's, I'm not sure such a place exists in the Twin Cities. There are a lot of lovely, small boutique kinds of places, but most are pretty specialized. Personally, I think the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Mill City (now closed for the season) farmers markets and a couple of the co-ops (the Wedge in Minneapolis, Mississippi Market at Selby & Dale) offer the best "one stop" shopping in the Twin CIties, though their strength is local food treasures.

      Here's some older threads that may be helpful:


    2. Sounds like you're describing a Dean & DeLuca type of place. There really isn't such a place here in the cities, outside of Surdyk's. Whole Foods and the co-ops kinda come close, as does Kowalski's and to a limited extent, Lunds and Byerly's.

      There are some specialty ethnic shops that sort of scratch that itch. For example, for Middle Eastern, one might try Holy Land or Bill's, or for Italian, Cossetta's or Buon Giorno.

      Many of us have found decent vendors for specific products, but have to travel to various spots to get them. It is a little frustrating that we have to do that, but such is life in a small market.

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      1. re: pgokey

        You could try The Golden Fig on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. It's no where near as large as Dean & DeLuca and may not have as much variety, but it might be of some help:

        1. re: Db Cooper

          That may be the understatement of the century. Golden Fig is like someones pantry. Someone with incredibly expensive, delicious and local taste, that is. The have a very limited selection of absolutely awesome local tastes.

          Also, lots and lots of tastes available, and open an hour later this week in anticipation of the holiday. they are getting a truckload of callister farms turkeys in tomorrow, so it may be something of a zoo.

      2. No one has scratched that market here. Buon Giorno goes a little in that direction but falls short. You can find a lot of things here, but you have to pay your dues. France 44 has a deli, but it is less broad than Surdyk's. Golden Fig on Grand in St Paul is tiny, and features many locally produced and imported delectables. There's a high quality importer/distributor (Great Ciao) in town that serves the restaurant industry primarily, but I don't think they retail to the public. There's also the food buying club (i've yet to visit) which might have some interesting added value farm direct items