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2010 BEST Gourmet Shop
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A. Russo & Sons

Watertown

When you’re ready to put some sizzle in your pan, there’s no better place to start than at Russo’s. Its esoteric selection of produce—Thai okra, dandelion, Asian pear, lychee nut—provides endless inspiration, while the cheese counter brims with imports from… read more»

2009 BEST Gourmet Shop, North

Shubie’s

Marblehead

Shubie’s gets the nod this year for upping the ante in the cheese department, where scores of familiar and rarely seen varieties pack the cases: Cowgirl Creamery’s Mount Tam, Jasper Hill’s Constant Bliss, and more. The selection changes frequently, depending… read more»

2009 BEST Gourmet Shop, South

Sid Wainer & Son

New Bedford

We’re all for keeping weird and wonderful stuff in the fridge (as long as it didn’t, you know, grow there). That’s why we love making the trek way down south to Sid Wainer to stock up on Styrian pumpkin seed… read more»

2009 BEST Gourmet Shop, West
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The Cheese Shop

Wellesley

No one makes booze-and-cheese pairings as easy as Wasik’s, as it’s known by locals. Walk in toting an obscure red or a craft beer, and depart with a sack full of goodies to go with it. Chalk this up to… read more»

2008 BEST Gourmet Shop, North
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Ned’s Groceria

Gloucester

First as the creator of gourmet-pantry-on-wheels Ned’s Truck and now as proprietor of her own groceria, Ned Hand has helped the North Shore fine-foods scene find a higher gear. Got a yen for air-dried sirloin from Uruguay? Ultrarich French foie… read more»

2008 BEST Gourmet Shop, South

Gypsy Kitchen

Quincy

Lisa Lammé knows from hot. When she shuttered her famed Faneuil Hall hot sauce shop, Le Saucier, years ago, she moved on to perk up suburban palates with Gypsy Kitchen, another chili-head haven. These days the store purveys the best… read more»

2008 BEST Gourmet Shop, West

Lower Falls Wine Company

Newton Lower Falls

No ‘oaky’ chardonnays and ‘plummy’ merlots here. The quaff hounds at this third-generation business call on a broader viticultural vocabulary in helping a customer discover the perfect bottle: ‘Thought-provoking.’ ‘Animalistic.’ ‘Zany.’ And they’re as passionate about choosing their wines as… read more»

2006 BEST Gourmet Shop

Christina’s

Cambridge

Even a well-stocked pantry won’t have everything, which is why we’re grateful for Christina’s. On weekdays, purposeful shoppers arrive in search of Ethiopian bere bere, or grains of paradise; on weekends, they’re joined by gourmets browsing for inspiration, comparing Tahitian… read more»

2004 BEST Gourmet Shop, Cape Cod

The Brown Jug

Sandwich

Once a locally beloved antique shop, the Brown Jug is now home to a different, though no less precious, stock: artisanal cheeses from far-flung makers, imported and delectable olives, Iggy’s breads, pâtés, handmade pastas, and lots of herb-infused olive oils…. read more»

2004 BEST Gourmet Shop, Nantucket

Fahey & Fromagerie

Nantucket

Specialty-food shopping on this island can be slim pickings, which is why local gourmets consider Michael Fahey of Fahey & Fromagerie a godsend. His subtly swank, well-stocked shop would rival any specialty store on the mainland, with esoteric as well… read more»