I'm a NYC transplant, and find Orlando to be seriously lacking in such stores comparable to Fairway, Zabar's or Sahadi's (in Brooklyn). (Or Trader Joe's in CA, if that's more familiar.) Fresh Market is a pale comparison, Whole Foods is wickedly overpriced, Petty's is limited.
Are there any places to find a good selection of spices and nuts (unpackaged); really, really fine baking chocolate (e.g., Callebaut); really good bread; good, unpackaged cheese; broad selection of produce; genuine Greek yogurt, etc?
Also, this board has many, many recommendations for high-priced restaurants catering to vacationers and conventioneers, but what I miss are the moderately priced pubs and bistros that offer interesting,well-prepared food for an ordinary after-work dinner.
I live in the Longwood/Apopka/Altamonte springs area, and have pretty much given up eating out, since I prefer not to go to Denny's, Chili's, Taco Bell, etc.
Surely Orlando has residents who like to cook with more exotic (or fresher) ingredients that what Publix can offer, or who, when they don't feel like cooking, will pop into a local restaurant for a midweek meal that's reasonably priced yet still worthwhile.
Can anyone offer any suggestions?
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