Prices are up, but you can keep grocery bills down. The trick? Learn which stores offer the best deals and when. Herein, a guide to merchandise, prices and more (like who keeps you jacked on coffee—beware the cup-holstered cart).
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Bachetti Brothers Gourmet Meat Market & Catering
Head to Bachetti’s for great cuts of Midwestern beef, chicken from Delaware, veal from Lancaster, and pork from Hatfield, Pennsylvania. During holidays, staffers at the family-owned business do bone-in rib roasts, crowns of pork or lamb, turduckens (deboned turkey stuffed with a deboned duck) and Frenched racked lamb. Don’t leave without homemade kielbasa and sausages. And don’t forget the inventory of fresh breads and frozen pasta products from the best makers in the region.
Janssen’s Fine Foods
You don’t buy high-priced necessities here. You do buy gourmet offerings such as jamón Ibérico (cured ham from Spain), Moroccan honey, shallot confit from France, Himalayan pink salt, English clotted cream and Australian hibiscus flowers for cocktails. A section with matzoh and other Kosher products is popular during Passover, and chefs can prepare a full Seder. The seafood section is stocked with wild Atlantic salmon, Hawaiian prawns, Chesapeake blue crab, Mediterranean bronzino and Florida pompano. Lunch at Janssen’s large cafeteria covers the gamut, from burgers and chicken to salads and homemade soups. The crowd thins considerable after 1 p.m.
McCabe’s Gourmet Market
There’s more to McCabe’s than fabulous croissants, though locals flock for them. Its signature spices, for example, are purchased from Vann Spices in Baltimore, an outfit that supplies only top gourmet shops nationwide. Fair-trade coffees, teas and chocolates are priced well, as are cookbooks, utensils, tea towels, candles, oils, vinegars, mustards, jams and preserves, pasta—even sushi-making ingredients. Staffers bake Vie De France French baguettes, multigrain batards, sour dough batards, cinnamon buns, muffins, cookies and scones daily. Sandwiches are made to order.
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