Over the last few years, I have been made extremely happy by the abundance of local food sources in Brooklyn. I have been able to find any exotic ingredient, strange cheese, or cut of meat in any of our fine local establishments--Sahadi's, Fish Tales, Caputo's, etc. When I browse the Home Cooking or even the Manhattan board, a poster will often inquire about the availability of an ingredient like harissa, and I think to myself, "Ah, I am lucky to have a range of markets that sell that product, and just a pleasant walk away!" It's so much fun to find a deli in another Brooklyn neighborhood and to wander in just to see what's on the shelves or in the refrigerator. I've found tasty homemade sauce at Pollio on 5th Ave, we all can get tacos at Fast and Fresh . . . the list and the choices are endless already! And, the thrill of discovery--even if I'm never the first--is overwhelming!
And there are always plenty of Key Foods and C-Towns to round out the pantry.
So, why do folks hamper for the Whole Foods and Fairway openings? With the D'Ags closing in the Heights, many have said they can't wait for the WF/Fairway, when there are an abundance of options 10 minutes away. What do these stores have that our local shops don't? Is it just an organic thing? Is it the parking lot, the A/C, the lines, the prices? I don't get it!
Can Chowhounds clue me in? What am I missing? Will these stores add to the choices or will they merely consolidate everything into one store? When I return home and open my bags, will it feel like my 8th birthday?