The helpful folks at Ivy City Smokehouse want to sell you great seafood
Washingtonian revealed yesterday that the Whole Food on H Street won't open until sometime (no one is saying exactly when) in 2017. Previously, we had heard late 2016 (probably November). I know a lot of people are very eager to shop for fancy cheeses and organic produce, but the delay is likely not a large one. Plus, I'm pretty sure one can already get virtually everything locally that the Whole Foods will offer. We've got a ton of great sources for food in the larger neighborhood. I tweeted a bit about this last night on my way home, but I think it's worth noting here as well.
Meats: Harvey's Market (1309 5th Street, UM), A. Litteri (517-519 Morse), and Red Apron (1309 5th Street, UM).
Fish: District Fishwife (1309 5th Street, UM), Ivy City Smokehouse (1356 Okie Street).
Produce: We have three local farmers markets (13th and H, Union Market, and the newer one at the Starburst Plaza). There's the smaller Amaala Farms at Union Market. MOMs, Harris Teeter, and (generally) the Giant do a decent job with produce. Try Mexican Fruits (1236 4th Street) if you want to make something quickly with whatever is fresh and cheap.
Cheeses: Righteous Cheese (1309 5th Street, UM), and A. Litteri (517-519 Morse).
Breads and Pastries: Uni Bistro (403 H Street), Farewell (406 H Street), Panorama Bakery (1309 5th Street), Lyon Bakery (1309 5th Street, UM), Frenchie's at Maketto (1351 H Street), and the farmers markets.
Chocolates: Co Co Sala (1309 5th Street, UM)
Beer and Wine: Craft Beer Cellar (301 H Street), Schneider's (300 Mass Avenue), Cordial Craft Wine, Beer, and Spirits (1309 5th Street, UM), and the many local brewers and distillers located right in Ivy City.
And that's just a partial listing. There are a lot of other great local sources for all kinds of food, and food related items.