When a new year begins, we like to step it up in some key departments: eat healthier, shop locally, expand our culinary repertoire. A huge part of that — if not the very linchpin — is our grocery game.
Though big-box spots like Trader Joe's and Harris Teeter always come through for staples, it's nice to have a few indie retailers on hand for high-quality products. We're talking about the gourmet shops that carry next-level produce, meats, cheeses, wines, condiments, and desserts. These are the places that will help satisfy all those resolution-worthy buzzwords — local, house-made, seasonal, and organic — while making the acts of cooking, dining in, and entertaining that much more enjoyable.
If you aspire to our same goals, you’ll love our handy guide to the DMV's best gourmet markets. These are the neighborhood spots where you can snag organic local kale, farm-fresh eggs, and all kinds of fancy-pants salads, spreads, and snacks to delight your foodie heart. So, bust out the cookbooks and invite your friends over, because these one-stop shops are sure to awaken your inner Ina Garten. Click through for all you need to know about getting your gourmet grub on!