Best of NoVA 2018 Food Shopping

Best of NoVA 2018
Food Shops

Looking to find the best place to buy food in NoVA? From pastries to meat, cheese and wine, here are your fellow Northern Virginians’ favorites.

Deli Sandwich Shop

The Italian Store
When founder Vincent Tramonte came to Northern Virginia in 1940 to study law, he struggled to find “the good stuff” that he was used to seeing in his hometown of New York City. With some help from his mother and two sons, Tramonte opened his Italian products, pizza and sandwich shop in 1980. Find Philadelphia-style, gourmet/specialty and hot Italian subs next to more than 15 other sandwich options on the menu. –RK // 5837 Washington Blvd., Arlington and 3123 Lee Highway, Arlington; italianstore.com


The Swiss Bakery
Owners Laurie and Reto Weber have significant baking experience, both following in the footsteps of their family members—Laurie her father, Reto his grandfather. When the pair opened their first bakery in 2001, their classically Swiss creations attracted clients that include the embassies of Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. In addition to the expected cakes, breads, cookies and tarts, this eco-friendly bakery also serves espresso, beer, wine, ice cream and sorbet. The Springfield location has a Swiss-focused cafe serving breakfast and lunch. –RK // 5224 Port Royal Road, Springfield and 9536 Old Keene Mill Road, Burke; theswissbakery.com


The Whole Ox
This shop, which serves up ethically raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats from area farms, has grown to also offer dine-in options Tuesdays-Saturdays. And you best believe that the food is good as it made our 2017 50 Best Restaurants list. Online, find information on what’s available at the shop that day, such as soup stored in the freezer and a variety of house-made sausages. –RK // 8357 W. Main St., Marshall; thewholeox.com

Courtesy of Cheesetique

Cheese Shop

The growing wine- and cheese-focused establishment sells gift baskets, charcuterie platters, gift cards and an assortment of wines from its shop, but from the brunch, lunch and dinner restaurant find fondue, grilled cheeses, sharable plates, sandwiches, salads, soups, macaroni and cheese meals and entrees. Each item on the lunch and dinner menu, with the exception of sides and boards, comes with a beverage recommendation. –RK // Multiple locations; cheesetique.com

Farmers Market

Falls Church Farmers Market
Open year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon, April-December, and 9 a.m.-noon, January-March, this outdoor one-stop shop for fruits, veggies and other goods attracts, at least, 40 vendors. Note that unless they are service animals, dogs are not allowed. –RK // City Hall Parking Lot: 300 Park Ave., Falls Church; fallschurchva.gov

Wine Shop

Arrowine & Cheese
After tasting between 400-600 wines each month, the staff at Arrowine picks only the best, sometimes lesser-known and hard to find wines for their shop. If you are having a special meal and are looking for just the right drink to pair it with, employees here can help steer you in the right direction. Know exactly what wine you want but can’t find it? Arrowine is willing to put in a special order for you. –RK // 4508 Lee Highway, Arlington; arrowine.com

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