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Hot Dish: Area Specialty Shops

BY March 25, 2015














If you are looking for the best fish, meat and ethnic delicacies, here are the ones to check out.


Asia Pok Market, 2095 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.

At this go-to spot for Asian food, you can find countless varieties of common ingredients (soy, bean paste, etc.) and a lot of things you never imagined.

Asian Depot, 3879 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.

For East Naples folks, this offers a convenient one-stop shop for Chinese, Korean, Thai and other Asian delicacies. It’s a great place for halal meats as well.

Leaf Asian Market, 4300 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

This is Chef Gloria Jordan d’Cabral’s favorite ethnic market in Fort Myers. Enjoy a wide variety of sauces, frozen dumplings and traditional Asian foods, plus bubble tea for those who can’t live without it.

VN Oriental Market, 14680 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. 313-5192

Specializing in Vietnamese cuisine, this shop is packed with the flavors of Southeast Asia. But you can still get your fix of other spots, too.



Camilla Eastern European Foods Market, 4947 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.

Specializing in Russian food but stocked with treats from the entire region, Camilla is also the home of raw dairy products.

European Food Market, 12901 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. european-food-market

Get your fill of perogis and other Polish treats, plus a full deli and live cake yeast.

Old World Market, 2800 Davis Blvd., Naples.

Looking for Mediterranean delights? Old World Market has you covered. Also make sure to stop in for the wine tastings on Fridays and check out the deli.

Paesano’s Italian Market, 862 Lafayette St., Cape Coral.

Paesano’s is the closest thing you’ll find to an old-school Italian grocery from up north. Stock up on salami, cheese, pasta and more.



A to Z Discount Beverage, 3863 Bayshore Drive, Naples. 775-3333

Don’t let the name fool you. This bodega in East Naples has more room devoted to delicious pre-made Indian treats than it does drinks.

India Bazaar, 5228 Bank St., Fort Myers. 939-0797

This shop truly lives up to its name, with loads of savory food, plus clothes, Bollywood DVDs and more.

Little India, 11510
S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. 936-9299

A great spot for Indian ingredients—grab all the stuff you need for some tasty samosas, plus fill up your spice rack.



Bravo Supermarket, 2668 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.

The size of a traditional supermarket, Bravo is full of everyday products like detergent, etc., but then also fresh tortillas and chicken feet and anything you might need for a party.

Carniceria Monterrey, 11530 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. 939-6992

“Carniceria” literally translates to “meat market” in Spanish, but that belies the scope of what’s here—in addition to all sorts of cuts, there’s a restaurant and full Mexican grocery.

El Paso Supermarket, 5600 Eighth St. W., Lehigh Acres. 368-5050

Don’t want takeout, but also don’t want to do all the prep? Drive here for pre-marinated meat to throw on the grill, plus other Mexican and Central American goodies.



Jimmy P’s Butcher Shop & Deli, 1833 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.

Jimmy P’s specializes in super-high-end cuts (think wagyu beef and kurobuta pork). Pay close attention to their awesome selection of house- made sausages and exotic meats (ground kangaroo, anyone?).

Mario’s Meat Market, 12326 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers.

A butcher shop and Italian specialty store in one (mmm, fresh mozzarella), Mario’s has been cutting meat in Fort Myers since 1990. And while you are there, don’t miss the olive bar.

Maverick Meats/Smoke Signals Meats, 408 Leonard Blvd., Lehigh Acres.

Don’t have time to drive out to Lehigh for their quality chops? Don’t sweat. Maverick Meats takes things on the road to various farmers markets in Lee County as Smoke Signal Meats.

Pepper’s German Deli and Butcher, 4615 Corporate Square, Naples.

If you are looking for the best ’wursts, this is your spot. But there’s a lot more to Pepper’s than sausages. There’s a full German deli, plus a specialty grocery store.



Beach Seafood Market,

17650 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.

If you are looking for shrimp, there’s no better place to find it. Serviced by one of the biggest shrimping operations in the Gulf, this market gets the best of the best pink beauties.

Captain & Krewe (formerly Capt. Kirk’s), 629 Eighth St. S., Naples. 263-1976

The Kirk family has been fishing these waters for more than 50 years. Snap up their stone crabs and other killer local catches from this market and newly remodeled eatery.

Merrick Seafood, 1229 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral.

If you are dining out in Lee County, chances are the restaurant got its fish from Merrick. The market has home cooks covered as well, with local and imported options.

Swan River Fish Market, 3741 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.

Whether you are looking for grouper, oysters or salmon, you can find the best here, plus some prepared items as well.


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