Help me make a kickass gourmet dinner for my parents in Baltimore/DC
December 13, 2013 10:10 AM Subscribe
I will be visiting my family in the Baltimore/DC area for the holidays. As a present I would like to make my parents a really fabulous, gourmet dinner. Please point me to the stores with the best selections of seafood, veggies, and cheese!
posted by joan_holloway to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some background: I live in Seattle where we have amazing butchers and fishmongers and farmers' markets in practically every neighborhood selling locally-sourced ingredients, Whole Foods and even a lot of "regular" grocery stores sell wonderful produce, lots of specialty cheese stores, and even a caviar shop. I have NO idea where I might find anything even close to equivalent to these places near my parents.
I haven't lived in Baltimore in ages, so I really don't know where the cool foodies shop these days and typically I just end up going to the Whole Foods in downtown Baltimore. Their selection is... okay. Can I do better?
I don't know what I'm going to make yet, but it will probably be fish based and definitely gluten free (parents' dietary requirements), so no need for recommendations on the best place to get bacon or baguettes. Please throw at me all of your suggestions, whether large stores or specialty shops that only sell one type of thing.
Extra info: my parents live in Columbia but I will have access to a car and don't mind driving around a bit. I would prefer to stay out of DC proper unless it's really worth my time (what can I say, I'm a Baltimore girl at heart) and going to the northern VA suburbs is definitely way too far.