A market, as defined by Highlights magazine, is a place where Gallant buys fresh produce for his mother and Goofus sets bear traps for Gallant. Follow Gallant's good lead with today's deal: for $10, you get $25 worth of gourmet groceries and deli fare at Messineo's Gourmet Market in St. Petersburg.
Open since June, Messineo's burgeoning stock of upscale market goods and natural health foods saves shoppers from having to harvest wholesome fare the hard way, such as hoarding a winter's worth of cage-free chicken eggs for spring planting. Messineo's departments service each block of the food pyramid with delectable precision, from its full, fresh bakery to a produce section filled with local fruits and veggies, many of which are grown no more than 10 hours from the shop. Local dairies provide the milk and eggs, and artisan cheeses comprise a model U.N. of cheese-making traditions. The butcher counter is a carnivore's paradise of fresh, sometimes organic meats and poultry, including boneless, skinless chicken breast ($4.99/lb) and beef tenderloin ($12.99/lb), and pescatarians can grin with Captain Ahab's vengeful delight at Messineo's deep-sea delicacies, including the fresh tuna loin ($15.99/lb) and the snow-crab legs ($4.99/lb).
Shoppers who hate to cook but nevertheless must absorb nutrients into their villi may opt for the deli counter's array of gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and hearty soups. Get your greens with a rosemary-ham chef salad ($8.99) or slurp a seasonally inappropriate side of broccoli-cheddar soup (cup $4.99, bowl $7.99) while using free WiFi at an umbrella-covered outdoor café table.
This Groupon is valid for in-store purchases only.
- Mason is stressing service and convenience. Customers can shop at lunch and have their food delivered free after work. Or grab a sandwich and salad and eat at an outside table. Maybe a little blue cheese cole slaw. Not bad. – Dirk Shadd, St. Petersburg Times
- When he was a manager at Wild Oats, before its merger in 2007 with Whole Foods, Mason saw the chain stores getting bigger and bigger. “I wanted to be able to see someone walk in the door and know who they are, know what they’re looking for and what they like,” he says. And even though Messineo’s has only been open about a week, that’s just what happens a few minutes later, as he beelines away from me to talk to an incoming customer he knows by name. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing