Sometimes you want to sit and savor a meal at a restaurant; other times you just want to pop in to grab a bite to go or a few specialty ingredients to elevate a home-cooked meal. Thanks to innovative restaurateurs, you can now do both. These enterprising eateries are complemented by onsite bazaars brimming with freshly made foods, premiere wines, and hand-selected collections of boutique brand gourmet goods. Here are nine top restaurants with markets that make dining out and stocking up a breeze.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York City
The market at the front of this delizioso eatery brims with imported Italian specialties. There are plenty of housemade goods as well, including just-baked breads, salumi and chef Joel Hough’s personal salt blends for grilling poultry, pork, fish, and steaks. Looks like it’s time to mangia. [Photo by Noe DeWitt]
CUCINA enoteca, Newport Beach, California
Like the lights? Coveting that chair? You can purchase almost every design element in the place directly from the restaurant. If you’re just in the mood to dine and sip wine, you can take home any of the 250+ vintages on the list or anything on the menu, plus a variety of specialty goods.
Centrolina, Washington, D.C.
Meaning “little center” or “the junction,” chef-owner Amy Brandwein’s new osteria-mercato is nestled at the heart of the recherché CityCenterDC development. Walking in to the market area, you’ll be greeted with shelves decorated with cookie cutters, pasta makers, and a fetching white and blue porcelain piggybank Brandwein has owned since childhood. “He’s my cute little watchdog, keeping an eye on the cash,” she says. The space is stocked with plenty of prepared foods, wine, Italian imports, and fresh produce, including hard-to-find mushrooms, such as morels and chanterelles. [Photo by Greg Powers]
Rossopomodoro, New York, New York
The back wall of the Neapolitan eatery is consumed with a virtual pantry of Italian ingredients. Expect to find San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, artisanal dried Alfeltra pasta from Gragnano, and black truffle salt. To wash it down, there are bibite (Italian sodas) and plenty of vino.
Villa Azur, Miami Beach, Florida
There are man caves, and then there’s La Cave D’Azur. The storefront wine cellar of this Medi-minded restaurant is ringed with temperature-controlled glass cases filled with premiere vintages to drink on site. Or, you can take a few bottles home to sip in your sanctuary.
Talula’s Daily, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Supper club by night, this charmer is a grab ‘n’ go marketplace by day. Pick up a cup of La Colombe coffee (though we can never resist the caramel sea salt latte) a fresh-from-the-oven loaf, ready-to-heat-and-eat dinners, sandwiches, and small-batch farmstead cheeses. Don’t forget the craft beer or some fermented grape juice – you deserve it.
Tuscan Kitchen, Burlington, Massachusetts
It’s easy to put together an unforgettable Italian meal here given all the handmade pastas and sauces that are available. One particularly stellar combo is the Maine lobster-stuffed ravioli topped with creamy lobster brodo sauce. Sop up whatever remains with a boule of fresh-baked bread, and then enjoy some gourmet gelato for dessert.
Fig & Olive, Washington, D.C.
The market here focuses on artisan olive oils – of course! – plus vinegars, spices, and spreads. Choose one of the infused olive oils, which come in flavors such as blood orange, Meyer lemon, basil, and white truffle. Conveniently, each purchase comes with a free “Olive Oil Guide” alongside tips on how to host an olive oil tasting at home.
Beaubourg Brasserie, New York, New York
When you finish your meal at this French-accented emporium, step around the corner to the market district to pick up treats at the specialty stations. You’ll find a boulangerie, fromagerie, charcuterie, rotisserie, boucherie, le comptoir, and poissonnerie. There’s even a fleuriste, where you can select freshly cut stems to decorate your dinner table.
Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell.