|wide aisle at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, California
This enormous market is the largest gourmet food emporium in the U.S. But a bargain emporium it is not. A paper grocery bag costs 25 cents. More than a grocery store, this European-style facility caters to the educated palate with a sushi bar, wine tasting room, smoothie bar, deli, and bakery as well as a cooking school. Draeger's Market offers a vast selection of wines and beers, an expansive olive bar, and exotic meats that include alligator, turtle, and buffalo. A second-floor shop purveys an expansive selection of cookbooks, housewares, and gift items.
|inviting fruit display at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, California
|pink strawberry macarons at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, California
|home dinner picnic from Draeger's Market in San Mateo, California
Viognier restaurantIn a subdued, open, second-floor space drenched with light, upscale Viognier restaurant. serves a rustic Mediterranean menu of salads, pizzettas, grilled and rotisseried meats, and pastas. An exhibition kitchen and fireplace enhance the setting. Desserts are a high point—look for a chocolate-raspberry parfait dome that tastes as good as it sounds. The namesake wine is featured on the wine list.
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