With all the specialty food shops in Andersonville, it is easy to avoid a trip to a large chain grocery store and shop local instead. So you have an extra stop or two, and can’t do all the shopping at one place—but getting freshest, most authentic foods makes it a worthy tradeoff.
Edgewater Produce is a small, yet well-stocked shop that carries all the staples along with a wonderful selection of fresh, affordable produce. They have a wide range of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and dairy, along with all the essential canned goods, pastas, oils, and sauces. You can do much more than shop produce with their deli and meat counter and large selection of fresh breads and tortillas. Another treat is their zesty homemade guacamole–a delicious recipe they share with their sister shop Harvestime in Lincoln Square.
The Middle Eastern Bakery and Grocery offers all the grains, seeds, nuts, and spices you’ll need to maintain a healthy and natural food diet. They also have fresh olives and feta by the pound, vegetable and meat pies, as well as many types of dried fruit and sweets. Their wide range of prepared salads, spreads, tapenades, and hummus–all made at the shop–pair well with their fresh pita and bread to serve as a perfect appetizer or snack. To pick up a prepared meal or stock up on your grains—their unique selection and friendly staff make for quite a delightful experience.
Piatto Pronto is a full service Italian deli and caterer. They also offer a host of fresh bread, spices, pastas, cheeses as well as affordable and delicious sauces, salads, and soups in this charming little shop. Pick up one of their wonderful sandwiches from the deli or your own lunchmeat and cheeses to make something at home. They have all you’ll need for an authentic Italian dinner, an elegant cheese platter, a savory side dish, or a hearty sandwich on the go.
Erickson’s Delicatessen & Fish is a quaint Swedish deli offering unique meats, cheeses, fish, breads, jams, and other delights like candies and chocolates. You’ll find Swedish pancake mix here along with a variety of other authentic Swedish and Scandinavian goodies you will have a hard time finding anywhere else in the city.
So why not head out on foot this week with your grocery bags and shop local. Like people use to do—head to the Italian shop for your pasta, produce market for your fruits and veggies, middle eastern bakery for your grains, and to the Swedish deli for your sausage. You may spend a little more time, but supporting the specialty shops whose owners pride in having only best and most authentic ingredients will surely add some fun and fresh flavor to your meals.