The hardest part about hunting and gathering is coming up with a logo and packaging that will make your product desirable. Take the easier path down grocery lane with today's deal. For $15, you get $30 worth of fine meats, fresh seafood, and other epicurean groceries at Weiland's Gourmet Market in Clintonville. A neighborhood institution since 1962, Weiland's recently earned runner-up for Best Local Food Market from Columbus Alive for its vast selection of local delicacies.
Among its accolades and titles, Weiland's has also been known for more than 40 years as the "Ultimate Meat Market" ever since the bar by that name closed down due to unshakable shame. Get your Henry the Eighth on during the summer grilling season with a fresh capon and accompany it with local cheeses such as Oakvale Gouda (produced about an hour away in London) or Ohio Blue Jacket Dairy's array of plain and flavored fromages. You can also buy local with Daisyfield pork from Sandusky or Weiland's very own salmon sausage. Otherwise, liven up your next summer cookout or paper-doll picnic with a selection of up to 25 kinds of fresh fish—including yellowfin tuna, certified organic salmon, domestic swordfish, and hand-cut catfish—and a side of fresh-baked bread or one of the seasonal pies from Columbus's own Just Pies. Gourmet groceries such as jellies, jams, chutneys, and sauces from Stonewall Kitchens, French lemonades, Madhouse Munchies, Talenti gelato, and more add a sophisticated touch to an unaccompanied cheese plate or barren hot dog. Prices and specials vary, but a recent special offered St. James Smokehouse smoked salmon in six all-natural flavors (including lemon, garlic, honey, and pastrami) for $7.35, with a pound of Genoa salami going for $4.99 at the deli.
If cooking elaborate meals brings back bad memories of the disturbing year spent cooking every recipe in Julia Child's To Serve Man, Weiland's also prepares EZ Prepared Foods that can be quickly heated and served at home. The grocery store's hot case features different dishes each week, with a recent lineup offering herb-roasted Cornish hen on Wednesday and southern-style pork barbecue on Saturday. Everyone gets to buy up to three Groupons, so shake up your usual weekly rotation of Funyun soufflé, boiled flour balls, and whatever off-brand Cheerios are on sale that week with Weiland's Gourmet Market's healthier, more flavorful fare.
This Groupon cannot be used toward alcohol or catering.
In addition to winning Columbus Alive's Best Liquor Store, Weiland's Gourmet Market was a 2009 runner-up for Best Local Food Market. It made Ohio food blog the Restaurant Widow's top five places to shop for food in the Columbus area, and Yelpers give the market four stars.
- This little gem of a local market is tucked into an unassuming Clintonville strip center (between a thrift store and a nail salon). But you can assume plenty. Weiland's peddles gourmet food up front, including house-smoked barbecue and a top-notch butcher counter, and gourmet liquor in the back. – Columbus Alive
- The brisket, usually available Saturdays and Sundays, could make a grown man cry it's so good. – Restaurant Widow
- I was impressed with their inventory of food and even more impressed with the warm, personal welcome I received...the butcher gave me a personal 'walk through" of the entire store. – Lisa M., Yelp