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Best Gourmet Food Stores In Las Vegas

January 24, 2011 12:34 PM

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Opened in 1999, MGP includes an incredible variety of gourmet items. (Credit: mgpfood.com)

Opened in 1999, MGP includes an incredible variety of gourmet items. (Credit: mgpfood.com)

It’s a fact of life — everyone eats. However, while every “body” needs nourishment, there is a vast difference in the quality and artistic effort we put into the food we consume. Some think a TV dinner is bliss. Many others, however, believe a proper meal must have that certain ingredient, that certain element, that certain something in order to be edible. If you’re type of person who is always seeking that ultimate special item, then the best gourmet food stores in Las Vegas are where you should shop. Here are a few not to be missed. – Mike Donahue
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Opened in 1999, MGP includes an incredible variety of gourmet items. (Credit: mgpfood.com)

Michael’s Gourmet Pantry Inc.

6265 South Valley View Boulevard, Suite J
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 949-3663
www.mgpfood.com

Michael’s Gourmet Pantry is one of the best gourmet food stores in Las Vegas. Opened in 1999, the store includes an incredible variety of gourmet items. Between the cheeses, the pastas, the olive oils, the meats, the vinegars, the spices, the sea salts, and on and on, the inventory is without end. The owners, both of whom are chefs, describe their store as the ultimate source of ingredients for the individual gourmand, as well as the many gourmet chefs from restaurants throughout Las Vegas. There is a commitment to excellence in Michael’s that is evident throughout the store. The owners and staff know food and food preparation and are always willing to share secrets. Gourmet classes on different items — including mushrooms, oils, cheeses and more — are regularly presented. Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Wagyu Beef sold at Taste Specialty Food offers rich marbling and flavor. (Credit: tastefood.com)

Taste Specialty Foods

3945 West Reno Ave, Unit E
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 733-6789
www.tastefoods.com

Taste Specialty Foods has some of the best and unique gourmet foods available in Las Vegas. While owners and staff have a culinary expertise they willingly share with the gourmet novice, many of their customers include top gourmet chefs from high-end restaurants and hotels all over the city. Taste offers some unbelievable oils and vinegar, salts and peppers, seafood and caviars including Beluga, American Paddlefish and Golden Ostera. Its inventory includes Wagyu beef (“white steak”) for premier restaurants that can be special ordered for home use. Although primarily a wholesaler, Taste welcomes walk-ins. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Gourmet cheeses and meats are cut to order to ensure freshness at Valley Cheese & Wine. (Credit: valleycheeseandwine.com)

Valley Cheese & Wine

1770 West Horizon Ridge Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 341-8191
www.valleycheeseandwine.com

Valley Cheese and Wine is a small, friendly gourmet food store that ranks among the best around Las Vegas. Gourmet cheeses and meats are cut to order to ensure freshness, and the store has regular tastings every Friday and Saturday. Valley boasts a large selection of charcuterie, including assorted Fra’ Mani from California, Salumeria Biellese from New York and Leoncini from Italy. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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