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Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

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Ottawa, Canada
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Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

We are guests of close friends next week on this island. We would like to cook for them on one of the evenings but need to know where do we go to purchase ready made salads, lobsters and steaks. We could also do these purchases on our way from Tampa airport. Any suggestions of where we should go??

Thanks for your suggestions!

Bradenton, Florida
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for Bradenton, Anna Maria Island
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1. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

The Chop Shop on Manatee Ave. West would have the steaks, and probably the salads and lobster as well. If not, Publix will have ready made salads and lobster tails. Alternatively there are two gourmet markets in Sarasota. A Whole Foods near Fruitville Rd. and Rt. 41 and Morton's on Osprey.

Edited: 10:09 am, March 17, 2012
Ottawa, Canada
posts: 31
reviews: 17
2. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

Thank you so very much for the information....I so look forward to a nice relaxing weekend in Florida!!

Thanks Kris

Cummington, MA
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3. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

If you are going the whole Foods route, it is easier to go to the one in Tampa which is easy to find from the airport.

I think the salads from Publix are awful, personally, certainly not anything you could characterize as gourmet.

Edited: 2:06 pm, March 17, 2012
Bradenton, Florida
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for Bradenton, Anna Maria Island
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4. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

You can check the Chop Shop online, just google Chop Shop Bradenton, FL. They have many types of salads, fish and seafood, and I know some of the best strip steaks we have ever had. Not far from the island. If you alert them ahead of time, I am sure they will put together just what you are looking for.

Ottawa, Canada
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5. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

What a great idea, thanks again!!

Sarasota, Florida
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for Sarasota, Longboat Key
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6. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

About half-way down Longboat Key is Harry's Continental Kitchens. It is a terrific restaurant and across the street they have a small market where they sell some terrific pre-prepared dishes and gourmet items. You could call them ahead to see what they have on hand or, if you're travelling down Longboat to St. Armands simply stop by and see what looks good to you.

Edited: 8:41 pm, March 20, 2012
Newport, Rhode...
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7. Re: Gourmet grocery, where is the closest???

Publix Market in the Beachway Plaza at 75th Street and Manatee Avenue has

everything that you need. If you want something special or if you want them to prepare it for pickup call the Manager, Jake Jones, he will see that everything is ready for you. In addition to great steaks, that Publix sells live lobsters from the tank as well. Enjoy! Our weather has been spectacular.

Edited: 10:15 pm, March 20, 2012
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