The café at Landmark Natural Foods & Cafe is nestled between aisles of fresh, organic produce, spices, and canned goods. Each item at the café is also 100% organic from the breakfast burritos served in multigrain wraps to vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free tomato basil soup.
For more than 15 years, the specialists at The Spice Mill has blended and packaged fresh spices right in their warehouse. Their handiwork ranges from whole bay leaves to allspice and Cajun seasoning, a mix of flavors including paprika, thyme, cumin, and garlic.
Granby Village Health's wellness gurus cultivate healthful glows as they guide customers through a maze of local produce, organic groceries, and trusted supplements. Juice baristas blend up local fruit to make organic smoothies such as Helena's Fruit Paradise, packed with a medley of berry flavors sweeter than a first kiss between pastry chefs ($5.99–$7.99). Jumpstart brains with a hearty breakfast of all-natural oatmeal ($1.69/lb.), available gluten-free, or a healthy bunch of bananas ($0.69/lb.). Cardio-pumps hum along as smoothly as a jazz band of velveteen rabbits as Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish-oil capsules bolster muscles with nourishing currents ($17.45).
Voted Best Fish Market by readers of the Hartford Advocate, City Fish Market offers a menu of freshly prepared seafood meals. Lobster lovers can dig their claws into the hot lobster roll, pincered together with fries or a small chowder ($15.99). Ex-Red Coats can sample the fried fish and chips ($9.99) while pondering the best place to get their useless uniform tailored into a fashionable suit. Clammy hands find an accepting home around a bowl of fresh New England chowder ($3.50 half pint, $5.99 pint, $9.99 quart). Children can also wet their seafood appetites with kids' menu offerings such as clam strips and fries ($3.99).
LaRosa Marketplace's enthralling story chronicles the restaurant's growth over four generations from a garage-based sausage shop to a purveyor of delectable sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, and house-prepared meats. Sate midday pangs with a panini sandwich such as the panino parma, an assemblage of parma prosciutto, veggies, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil packed and grilled into crusty diamonds of flavor perfect for winning a stomach's love ($7.50). A roster of grinders challenges chompers with mounds of savory ingredients such as veal cutlet, sweet or spicy soppressata, marinated beef, and eggplant ($7.50–$9 for a half). Weekly specialties incorporate LaRosa's homemade sausages, made from lean meat with no additives, into dishes such as Thursday's roasted Italian sausage with orrechiette pasta and broccoli rabe ($8.99). Meat eschewers and veggie chewers frolic through a salad menu that includes the antipasto salad, which opens taste buds and pollinates tooth flowers with marinated mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and roasted peppers in a meadow of romaine lettuce ($7.50).
When not stocking its shelves with groceries, ShopRite of Enfield zeroes in on feeding hungry party guests during summer's sundry get-togethers. Liven up a birthday celebration, pool party, or zeppelin-building night with the Shrimp Classic party platter, laden with enough cooked shrimp and cocktail sauce to satisfy 8 to 10 humans or one pet giant squid (a $39.95 value). Dairy die-hards, meanwhile, will delight in the Cheese Continental tray's slices of jarlsberg, havarti, and pepper jack (a $39.99 value). The Roman Holiday platter (a $39.99 value) and the Antipasto tray ($45.99 value) accommodate wildly gesticulating hands with bite-sized bits of Italy’s finest soppresata, prosciutto di parma, genoa salami, olives, and roasted peppers. ShopRite also covers dessert with the Cupcake Tree platter, which piles on 24 handholdable cakes with a variety of icings and wraps to coordinate with any baby shower or cavity-free dental-visit celebration (a $39.99 value).