I recently asked about the German Gourmet market, newly opened (just a week at this writing) in the old Daks Restaurant location, 5838 Columbia Pike.
So I got there today and found, first of all, a very warm and enthusiastic welcome. I felt like I had walked into an episode of "Top Chef," with everyone in blindingly white starched uniforms (at 4pm!) and smiling, falling all over themselves to help me.
There's a counter for ordering hot food to go (grilled brats at lunchtime, the sign advises). Next there's a small room of wines, which I did not examine. There's a larger room of packaged and bottled items (candy, condiments, etc) and a trio of cooled counters for meats, cheeses, pastries and store-made foods.
The latter include salads (a very nice green bean salad, excellent seasoned sauerkraut that might have been even better IMO without its added juniper berries and touch of mustard, german potato salad and red cabbage, cucumber salad, meat salad, carrot salad and more). Prices on these were surprisingly reasonable.
Meats included a wide variety of sausages (knockwurst, several styles of bratwurst, etc) plus salamis of all sorts (I didn't taste the $15.99/lb mortadella, gotta see what makes that so special) and a handsome array of cheeses. In both cases, most but not not all of the offerings are traditionally German (I was sorely tempted by the slab of double-smoked bacon).
To sum up - I'm definitely going back.
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