I finally got around to visiting Maryville’s new gourmet food market at the corner of Washington and High Street. The market serves gourmet and local produce, baked goods, cheese, seafood, and meats.
The Laurel Creek Farm’s Meat case was especially impressive, with a variety of beef, pork, bison, lamb, and goat. The most tempting thing I saw were the bison filets. Mercy, they looked yummy, but at $40/pound I’ll be saving that for a special occasion. (And no, the price doesn’t including any sexual favors. I asked.)
Inside, the Ciao Deli serves sandwiches, sides, BBQ, and a du jour menu of hot food. The day I went I had a smoked hamburger, fresh collard greens, and cornbread. They have imported beer and microbrews for takeout or on-premise consumption at the deli. The deli hosts a monthly beer tasting social.
P.S. They’ve partially removed the second story floor to give it an open feel, but ages ago my older brother had an apartment in the upstairs of that building. The one clear memory I have of it is sitting on the steps reading a comic book featuring Spiderman and Nightcrawler. Back then the downstairs was a gas station. A Mobil, as I recall. Later the downstairs became a laundry mat.