Best Gourmet Food Stores In Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2011 6:43 PM

Good news for foodies! As Washington’s palate has become more sophisticated, foodies in search of the best gourmet food stores in Washington, D.C., find more places to try. Bon appétit! – Kathryn McKay

Dean and Deluca

Georgetown Store
3276 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342.2500

Little samples and wine tastings on Friday nights make this gourmet food store a must for foodies. The historic setting, the site of Washington’s first public market that opened in 1795, add to the appeal. Whether you’re picking up their Maryland-style crab cakes with heirloom tomatoes or buttermilk-fried chicken with sweet potato casserole, check out the well-stocked wine hall. Little ones and their parents like the bins full of nostalgic candies such as hand-wrapped honey caramels.

Marvelous Market Dupont

1511 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-3690

Fortunately for foodies, one the best gourmet food stores in Washington, D.C., opened in six more neighborhoods: K Street, Capitol Hill, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Tenleytown and on MacArthur Boulevard. It’s tough to beat their awesome array of breads: croissants, sourdough, baguettes, scones and more, but the pastas, soups and salads are also musts … followed by a chocolate chunk brownie.

Cowgirl Creamery

919 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-6880

While this gourmet food store in Washington, D.C., is best known and beloved for its cheeses, but the freshly brewed coffee, wines, olive spreads and sandwiches also attract urban cowboys and cowgirls. Curious about a cheese? Artesian cheeses come from the San Francisco Bay and Europe, as well as farms from neighboring Maryland and Virginia. Educated staffers known for their top-notch service offer free tastes and will help you select just the right cheese.

Eastern Market

7th and C Streets, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 698-5253

For ethnic, eclectic and exotic choices, Eastern market excels as one of the best gourmet food stores in Washington, D.C. Actually, it’s a collection of stores, farmers markets and booths. A feast for the eyes and the tummy, the oldest continually operating fresh food open market in D.C. features free-range chickens, American lamb, and even wild game, including buffalo, ostrich and alligator. Cannolis, buns, baklava and blueberry pancakes satisfy any sweet tooth or sweetheart.