Any displaced New Yorker will experience a sweet moment of Dean & DeLuca nostalgia after a stop at this classy grocery store, which doubles as a cafe. Owner/chef Lisa Santos tips her hat at domestic foodstuffs, stocking her shelves with homegrown artisanal products. Catering to both the chef and the epicurean, Southport Grocery and Cafe's inventory includes a wide range of spices, specialty oils, products by San Francisco chocolate great Scharffen Berger, nine-year-old cheddar and more.
Shopping on an empty stomach won't leave you tearing into a box of crackers mid-aisle, thanks to a casual and robust cafe menu. Dishes change seasonally to reflect the best products available, and many ingredients hail from the store's shelves. Expect tasty eats like ginger carrot bisque; breakfast bruschetta with scrambled egg, smoked apple chicken sausage, queso fresco and tomato; and grilled brie, spinach and mushrooms on ciabatta with grown-up apple sauce, a luxe sandwich that will run you just $8. Finding early Saturday a.m. shopping a struggle? Pair an order of bread pudding pancakes with a mango mimosa.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz