Fjord Fish Market
Photograph: Julie Bidwell
You work on the big fish tale you’ll be share with your guests as you light up the grill. Let Fjord Fish Market take care of providing the actual fish you’ll serve (they don’t mind if you take the credit; fisherman’s code and all that). They care more about offering their customers premium, responsibly sourced seafood. The only catch is a good one: Their offerings come from open water and low-density pens raised on a diet similar to what fish have in the wild—without antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. They do the work, you take the credit; it’s a win-win for you.
158 East Putnam Ave., Cos Cob, 203-661-5006
22 East Ave., New Canaan, 203-966-2200
1015 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-202-9473
1835 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-255-9331
GOURMET TO GO
You go, Gold Coasters—you’re busy but not about to sacrifice good taste. That explains why you chose Palmer’s Market as your go-to for Gourmet to Go. This local, family-owned market understands what you crave, namely, fine, imported and local foods that are prepared to meet the highest expectations. Approaching nearly 100 years, and certainly five generations, this family-owned and -operated market knows what you want in every department, from meats and cheeses, to baked goods and produce. If you haven’t been, get going and be prepared to join the other fans of Palmer’s.
264 Heights Rd., Darien, 203-655-2077; palmersdarien.com
Citarella Gourmet Market
So, you love spending time in the kitchen? Great! We know where you’ll pick up all of the ingredients for your world-class meal—Citarella Gourmet Market, of course. From meats and fish to produce and cheese, it has the freshest offerings of everything you could be on the hunt for. And yes, there are even prepared dishes (just in case, like us, you need a backup plan). This family-run business, with seven markets, in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Greenwich, has been around since 1912; they know exactly what you need to prepare restaurant-quality meals at home, whether you do all of the work or none of it at all.
600 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-861-6900; citarella.com
HEALTH FOOD MARKET
Whole Foods Market
Investing in smart food choices is part of the Fairfield County mind-set, and the Best Of votes tell us that Gold Coasters are heading in droves to Whole Foods Market to stock up on the essentials (and a few indulgences) for the pantry and fridge—and maybe even a quick boxed takeaway lunch from the hot bar. It makes sense; this enormous market has nearly everything today’s foodies need to keep to a Paleo, gluten-free, nondairy, vegan, and/or low-carb eating plan. There’s a world of healthy food choices beyond carrot sticks, and it seems nearly every choice is here.
90 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-661-0631
150 Ledge Rd., Darien, 203-662-0577
399 Post Rd. W., Westport, 203-227-6858
350 Grasmere Ave., Fairfield, 203-319-9544
Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market
Seventy-six years and counting…Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market has been devoted to providing its customers with lots of choices in wines, spirits, beer and more. The staff’s experience has been aged like the fine wine stocked in store. In Harry’s, you’ll find not only a massive selection, but also suggestions for making choices that are right for you. Pour forth. You leave the shop with a great find in hand and a smile. You could say shopping here raises your spirits.
2094 Post Rd., Fairfield, 203-259-4692; harryswine.com
Total Wine & More
You want what you want—which means, you want it all. That explains why Total Wine & More won your vote for best liquor store. It has thousands of choices of wine, beer, spirits and more, aisle after aisle. If you’re not sure, or just want to try something new, stop by the wine-tasting bar to experience a new option. If you’re ready to learn more, sign up for an in-store class on your favorite beverage. By the time you’ve made your selection, you’ll be raising a glass to the store.
380 Main Ave., Norwalk, 203-840-0007; totalwine.com