Located mere steps from where Gulf fishermen dock, The Reef’s glass counters overflow with a bounty of fresh catches from the sea and meats flown in daily, complemented by a robust collection of wines. The warm, shallow waters of the Cedar Keys yield baskets of fresh clams (market price, changes daily), prized for their easy home preparation and for dumping over the heads of winning water-polo coaches. The mild, sweet meat of Florida spiny lobster (market price, changes daily) requires little in the way of spice or preparation to unlock its flavor, and thick filets of mahi mahi (market price, changes daily) await only the kiss of fire to provide a succulent meal. Bottles of wine ($5–$17) line the shelves, including the Tabali sauvignon blanc, which pairs nicely with fish, and the Puerto Viego pinot noir, whose full, palate-expanding flavors provide safe harbor for storm-wracked model ships.
Since before the advent of windshield wipers, the Meyer family has been whipping up fresh treats, hand-poured creams, and homemade jellies and caramels. Those with glucophobia can opt for sugar-free vanilla-walnut fudge ($7.99 for half pound) or a tub of sugarless taffy ($5.25 for half pound, $9.95 for a pound). For everyone else, Meyer's House of Sweets rivals Candy Land in terms of delicious décor and a sequence of play that forms a mathematically perfect Markov chain. Feast on at least 24 rotating flavors of fudge (including caramel pecan, Bailey's Irish Cream, and rocky road), 16 flavors of natural ice cream, or an impressive collection of chocolate-based confections. Chomp on European-style truffles that are almost too pretty to eat, or bite into cashew-rich bark. All chocolates are $17.95 per pound and are available in half-pound, pound, 1.5-pound, and two-pound boxes.
Providing a personalized alternative to huge pharmacy chains, the technicians at St. Mary Pharmacy aim to do more than just fill customers' prescriptions. They speak with customers about their medications and address any questions during consultations, and pharmacists can provide drug monitoring. St. Mary Pharmacy also provides free delivery for medications and other items, permanently removing one errand from to-do lists and easing clients' worries, particularly if they have mobility challenges.
Surf & Turf Market's curated selection of gourmet groceries includes grain-fed USDA Prime cuts of beef, fresh-daily seafood catches, and prepared entrees and deli-style sides. Seafood from the Gulf of Mexico and other famous swimming pools includes fresh and frozen mahi-mahi, king crab, and conch. Hormone-free chicken, grain-fed pork, and hand-made sausages line up in the meat and poultry case, ready to form dinner alliances with legions of potato and pasta salads. The store also organic wines and dairy, frozen food items, and imported cheeses.
There are few online reviews for the Earth Origins Market (formerly Mother Earth Market) East Silver Springs Boulevard and 76th Boulevard locations, but there are some for the 13th Street location. Nine Google Mappers give it a three-star average, and five Yelpers give it a four-star average:
Though most vintners have made their wines from grapes, the Shook family turned their focus to other fruits. Starting in 1991, they began fermenting batches of juice from mangoes, red raspberries, limes, and oranges. In 1997, they opened their farm winery—a small barn-shaped building shaded by trees—where licensed winemakers and distributors ferment and bottle dozens of varieties of exotic wines stamped with the Sunshine Tree, the Florida Department of Citrus's mark of quality. Their eclectic selection encompasses citrus, tropical-fruit, berry, stone-fruit, and vegetable wines, each made entirely from the juice indicated on the label. The winery also makes and distributes wine-smoothie mixes and wine pouches, sherries, ports, and champagnes.
Though the colorfully packaged products at International Food Mart may seem like those of any neighborhood grocery, a simple perusal of their labels reveal a much wider world beyond its shelves. The store carries oils and coffees from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, along with a selection of fresh produce, meats, and fish that've flown themselves across the ocean from far-away lands. Many ingredients find their way into the staff's Middle Eastern and Vietnamese carryout meals, such as falafel wraps, lo mein noodle dishes, and pork egg rolls.