Friday, June 18, 2010

Neighborhood Eats: Gourmet and natural food markets in Tampa Bay

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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CL regularly presents focused listings of the best dining options in Tampa Bay's neighborhoods. This week we're giving you a semi-extensive guide to Tampa Bay's gourmet and natural/organic food markets. (If we’re missing some of your favorites, let us know.)

ABBY'S HEALTH & NUTRITION 14374 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-265-4951, www.abbyshealthandnutrition.com

"Not just a store, an education center." Carrolwood's one-stop shop for organic produce, grocery items, and wine, as well as prepared foods and an array of vitamins.

CAREME'S MARKET 16319 North Florida Ave., Lutz. 813-443-5753, www.caremesmarket.com

A fairly new European-style gourmet market featuring freshly prepared entrees, a full sandwich bar and deli, cheeses and wines.

CHUCK'S NATURAL FOOD MARKETPLACE 11301 North 56th Street, Tampa. 813-980-2005; 114 N. Kings Ave., Brandon. 813-657-2555, www.chucksnaturalmarketplace.com

Carrying the usual natural food store assortment of organic groceries, juices and vitamins. Need an organic mattress? Yeah, they've got those, too.

DATZ FOODIES MARKET AND LOFT BAR 2616 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa. 813-831-7000, www.datzdeli.com

Known primarily as a restaurant and bar, it also serves as a "foodies market", offering a unique array of gourmet delights from couscous to chocolates, preserves to pastas, balsamic vinegars to boutique wines and craft beers. Their homemade desserts and artisan cheese selections are unrivaled.

EUROPEAN GOODIES 4701 49th St. N., St. Pete. 727-526-1118

A market and deli selling Polish groceries and goodies. Their homemade pierogies have made quite a buzz around town.

FRESH MARKET 3722 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-7400; 13147 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813-964-8001; 25961 U.S. 19, Clearwater. 727-669-6111; Coming late summer to 2900 4th Street N., St. Petersburg. www.thefreshmarket.com

Offering high-quality, fresh foods and an impressive produce section with hard-to-find items. Well known in Tampa, they're finally coming across the Bay later this summer with a new location in St. Petersburg, just north of the downtown area.

HEALTHY HUT MARKET 595 Corey Circle St Pete Beach. 727-363-4488, www.hhutmarket.com

Now Pinellas beach residents no longer have to leave Gulf Boulevard to buy their organic produce and specialty grocery items. This newly opened organic market also sports a bakery and full-service deli that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

MAZZARO'S ITALIAN MARKET 2909 22nd Ave N., St. Pete. 727-321-2400, www.mazzarosmarket.com

This one-of-a-kind Italian market's reputation precedes itself. The place is always packed but that doesn't scare away the customers who have to get their fix of Mazzaro's huge deli sandwiches, gourmet bakery items and handmade pastas. They also stock imported Italian goods to the hilt and their Wine Room is like no other. It's not just a market -- it's a destination.

NATURE'S FOOD PATCH 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-443-6703, www.naturesfoodpatch.com

From cooking classes to in-store demos, there's always something going on at this organic grocery, cafe and bulk foods store. Be sure to stop by on one of their wellness sale days for great deals on supplements and personal care items.

RENZO'S GOURMET MARKET 3644 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-870-3606, www.renzosgourmet.com

A deli and bakery with a Latin flair. Offering imported meats and cold cuts, a bakery, and prepared foods, fusing classic European cuisine with New World delicatessen favorites.

ROLLIN' OATS MARKET AND CAFE 2842 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N, St Pete. 727-821-6825; 1021 South MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428. www.rollinoats.com

With two Bay area locations, this organic grocery has a deli with ever changing gourmet specials -- many being vegan-friendly -- and possibly the best selection of craft beers to be found in a grocery store.

TASTE OF EUROPE GOURMET FOOD MARKET 717 West Lumsden Road, Brandon. 813-681-2100, www.foodofeurope.com

An Eastern European market specializing in gourmet foods, including many items from Poland. They even allow customers to shop online.

VILLAGE HEALTH MARKET 3225 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa. 813-831-6065, www.villagehealthmarket.com

An organic grocery, health food cafe and juice bar with vitamins, supplements, organic wine, and fresh meat and seafood. Try their addictive homemade root vegetable chips.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET 1548 North Dale Mabry Blvd., Tampa. 813-874-9435, www.wholefoodsmarket.com

A supersized green grocery store with natural and organic goods as well as an artisan cheese shop, pizza bar, cafe, wellness center, and huge selection of craft beers and organic wines.

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