Epicure Gourmet Market, a welcome addition
The store is located at LeJeune and Ponce de Leon Blvd, right across US1, in the lobby of the new apartment complex; very convenient to Coconut Grove. And there is plenty of free parking, inside the garage and out in a surface lot.
They have all the items you've seen at the South Beach location; lots of prepared food and produce; an olive bar, lots of pastries and lots of items like jellies and sauces and things.
It really is a pleasure to have the addition to our neighborhood. Now all we need is a Trader Joe's that's close by.
Epicure has their own brands as well as all the major brands. They have lots of special chocolates, meant for holiday gifts, and even something like this chili or the soups that come in jars like this would make great gifts. Just put a bow on the top. My friend bought matzo ball soup, right in the jar with all the matzo balls in there floating around.
There's a huge wine selection with something for everyone.
My favorite spot may be the cafe area. You can bring the food you purchase from the deli and eat there or they have a large menu for breakfast and lunch, where you can be waited on at the counter or at tables. There are lots of tables, inside and outside. I love the counter, even though it's modern, with lots of chrome and glass, it reminds me of those old fashioned lunch counters in Woolworth's. Remember them?
Maybe it was because it was was Sunday morning and it had that type of relaxed group of people, but it just has a nice, homey feel to it. And get this, we ate free! We were comped.
They are so attentive there, that Jason, the owner told the waiter not to charge us. Why? Because he thought I didn't like the coffee. He said he saw me make a face when it arrived. But I don't remember doing that, for all I know, I was holding in a sneeze or something, it wasn't intentional. And this was just as the coffee arrived, we had not even received our food yet and he already decided that we would be comped! But we were not unhappy; we were thrilled to be there. And thrilled that they are here.
The food was great, and the service, too, there is plenty of staff; all nice and friendly.
Epicure Gourmet Market is open daily from 8 am to 11 pm.
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