Jerky & Vine (Greenville, SC): Dried beef, pork, fish, turkey, etc. This store had jerky for everyone. And they carry my favorite brand to boot.
Nifty Nut House (Wichita, KS): I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. This place is a national treasure. It’s nuts. Absolutely crazy. I walked into a store that housed enough nuts and candy to fill an airplane hangar. Literally. They had every nut covered or dusted in everything imaginable. They also stock candies I haven’t seen on shelves in years. The staff was so friendly. And let me add this. It’s nice to walk into a shop and have the ability to try what you’re about to buy. I left the store stuffed-by-samples.
Aglamesis Bros. (Cincinnati, OH): There’s nothing like a soda shop. Except … an old-fashioned soda shop that also houses homemade chocolate. As you enter in Aglamesis’, on the right you can get shakes, malts and egg creams galore (I got an egg cream). On the left, piece-after-piece of really, really good chocolate. I picked up some sea salt caramels and dark chocolate pecandes. I should have picked up more.
Broad Ripple Chip Co. (Indianapolis, IN): These chips. Where do I even begin? I picked up a bag in Your Local Deli not knowing what to expect. I am kicking myself for not picking up five bags, as I finished these in a 10-minute sitting. These chips are incredible. Fried to a crunchy crisp and seasoned perfectly. They were so good.
West Side Market (Cleveland, OH): This is home to Cleveland’s oldest public market and it’s pretty darn cool. Stall after stall of local meats, cheeses, pastas, chocolates, etc. line multiple rows in this gorgeous building. Come with an empty stomach so you can sample as much as possible.
Fear’s Confections: I walked into Fear’s and a gust of brownies baking in the oven hit me hard. Yeah. Terrible, I know. From the warm welcome of Ms. Fear’s to her memorable confections, I’m glad I made the time to stop in. The brownies were great, but what caught my eye (and so many of my fellow Whovian fans would agree) are her Dr. Who-themed chocolates (see photo above).
Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia, PA): First off let me confess this. This was my first time to the market. In all these years, I never had the time to venture in. What an incredible experience this was. While it was packed to the brims (it was lunchtime on a Saturday), I enjoyed walking around all the stalls and smelling the varied foods. There is something here for everyone.
Vena’s Fizz House (Portland, ME): I’ve never seen anything like Vena’s before. When you walk in you’re greeted with countless bitters, some I’ve never heard of. After you’re done browsing the shop, head up the stairs to a bar serving some of the best mocktails around. I suggest ordering a Lumberjack Love if you’re in the area.
I’ll be back out on tour for Edible Inevitable 2015 (get cities and dates here) and I’m asking you again: Where should I eat? In each city, I’m looking for coffee shops, restaurants, late-night snacks and sandwiches available in the area. Share your recommendations here.
Images © Alton Brown, 2014