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Sep 13, 2010 01:46 PM

Gourmet grocery

Hello all -

We'll be down over the Christmas holidays and I'm hoping to find a good shop for cheeses, pate, olives and jellies, etc. in the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area to load the house up with!

Any help and advice would be much appreciated (especially some good pate!)

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  1. You may find something closer, but Morton's Gourmet in Sarasota has everything you mentioned, and then some. Nice range of duck and truffle pate's, foie gras lobes if you're in a spending mood. And as I recall 192 varieties of cheese, including my favorite - Epoisses!

    1. There is a fresh market in Ft Myers, they generally have a nice selection of those things, its at 13499 South Cleveland Avenue

      1. The Fresh Market might be the best option. They have a nice cheese selection and an OK olive bar, and tons of jellies/salsas/etc in jars. Their prepared deli counter is pretty solid, with great artichoke spinach dip, and chicken salad that is better that most places. The Fresh Market Brand fresh soups are also worth a try.

        I went to the Blue Pepper Gourmet Market on 41 and College a couple years back, and was fairly unimpressed, although maybe it has gotten better.

        Mario's Italian Meat Market on 41 south of College Pkwy has a lot of gourmet type products both frozen, in jars, and fresh from the deli counter. While you're there you can treat yourself to some of the best subs in Ft Myers.

        Mario's Italian Meat Market
        12326 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907

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        1. re: TuteTibiImperes

          Blue Pepper closed about 4 years ago.

          Not a pate to be found...make your own. It's not hard. Fresh Market has the standard food service type ones.

          Marios is a possibility but their cheeses are poor quality. For cheese I drive down to Whole Foods. Morton's in Sarasota is quite nice but a further trek than Whole Foods in Naples.

          1. re: LilMsFoodie

            Heh, I gues it was more than a couple years ago the last time I visited Blue Pepper then...

        2. I appreciate everyone's feedback - thanks! We actually fly into Tampa and are driving down to Ft. Myers area so perhaps a stop at Morton's on the way down would work!

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          1. re: smackdown

            If you'll be driving down from Tampa, I'd also suggest stopping by Mazzaro's Italian Market in St. Petersburg.

            1. re: jfischer27

              Arriving in Tampa, driving South,you will be within 1 mile of Mazzaro's Italian Market off of I 275, St Petersburg. They have an excellent cheese dept. including house made mozzarella (daily) a fresh meat shop, prepared foods, Deli, bulk and fine bottled olive oils, wine shop, roast their own coffee, fresh house made pasta shop,Huge olive bar with best prices around, imported products grocery, and the best bakery in the area.. I live in the Sarasota area and make several trips a month to St. Petersburg just for Mazarro's.
              In Sarasota is the German/European smokehouse and butcher Geier's, they have only housemade cured meats, fresh butcher a fine European grocery and Pate, both housemade and imported. Excellent assortment of hard to find small brewery European Beers. Etc. etc.

              1. re: ospreycove

                Great info! Thank you everyone for the help! My soon to be in-laws (we'll be two days married when we arrive in FL with them!! Not really the traditional honeymoon, ha!) from Scotland will be with us as well, so stopping at one of these markets to stock up on some good items to have in the house for the week will be such a nice idea!

          2. If you are landing in Tampa, might as well go by Whole Foods which is right next to the airport (5-10 min drive) on the corner of I-275 and Dale Mabry. Great selection of imported cheeses and stuff, huge store.

            For great patè, Fresh Market has a superb goose liver patè, so does Morton's. I'm sure Whole Foods does also.

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            1. re: ElGimpo

              Chain supermarkets, fast foods, and "Gourmet" operations, usually are lacking, I like to stick with the independentowner/operators who are on the floor and proud of their passion for what they personally produce and source.