The Best Online Gourmet/Specialty Food Shops

Buying gourmet foods online is easy if you know where to look. You can shop a wider selection of products and get the best price. The best meats, seafood, cheese, olives, pastas, salts and seasonings, oils, baked items, and any cooking ingredient you can think of - delivered right to your home. What could be easier than that? Here are some of my favorite online specialty food stores.

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    igourmet.com.

    Igourmet.com is my absolute favorite place to do all my gourmet food shopping! In business since 1997, igourmet.com has thousands of fine specialty foods including 800 different cheeses. They use special shipping packaging to keep everything cool in the hottest weather and the customer service is the best in the business (Igourmet.com has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau).

    You will find a fantastic selection of American artisan foods, as well as every possible imported food...MORE imaginable. Here are gathered the most delicious delicacies from every corner of the earth! Every item comes with a comprehensive description, recipes, serving suggestions and customer reviews.

    On the domestic side, find great artisan cheeses from Boggy Meadow Farmstead, Blythedale Vermont, Grafton, Coach Farms, Cypress Grove, Maytag, Jasper Hill, Haystack Mountain, and more. Other American treasures include  the Smoked BBQ Sampler by Southside Market, Broadbent's Kentucky Bacon, Honeysuckle Gelato, Savannah Bee Co. Honey, Smithfield Country Ham, Grassfed Bison, Prime Beef Steaks, Kentucky Woods Bourbon Cake, Berkshire Pork, Maine Lobster Rolls, Vermont Cultured Butter, Wild Rice, and lots lots more.

    Igourmet.com has the most diverse selection of high quality domestic and imported foods anywhere. Olive oils, cheeses, caviar, seafood, rices, coffees, chocolates, game meats, jams, ethnic foods, and thousands more.

    Igourmet.com also has a beautiful selection of gourmet gift ideas and gift baskets.

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    Dean & Deluca. Rebeca Anchondo

    One of the best around. They have great customer service and always deliver the highest quality products. Great overall selection: caviars, smoked fish, herbs and spices, truffles, oils, artisan cheeses, premium meats and seafood, foie gras, chocolates, honeys, sauces, pre-made hors d'oeuvres, and more. If you are looking for a gift, this is a good place to shop. They have a wide variety of pre-made baskets and food combinations.

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    D'Artagnan.

    Started in 1985, D'Artagnan has become a leading purveyor of Foie gras, pâtés, sausages, smoked delicacies, organic game and poultry in the nation. They have a brilliant selection of very fine gourmet meats - Kobe-style Wagyu beef, domestic grass-fed beef, Berkshire pork, Australian grass-fed lamb, buffalo, and a very nice choice of game meats.

    D'Artagnan is also a great place to find preserved truffles and other truffle products. You can also find some specialty food items like...MORE chestnuts, duck fat, and French Heirloom Tarbais Beans.

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    MOUTH.

    MOUTH is a great place to go for Indie foods - wonderfully delicious specialty foods from small producers.  The assortment of treats is unending, each one more mouth-watering than the last. Choosing what to order is both exciting and frustrating (how to pick!)

    Small batch soy sauce, gourmet marshmallows, artisan salami, pickled vegetables, cheeses, jerky, artisan chocolate bars and candies, flavored popcorns, ​small batch coffees, and tons more good stuff.

    MOUTH has a great selection of gifts....MORE Don't miss their TIDBITS - yummy treats for under $5?​

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     Olive Nation is an exceptional gourmet food store that should really check out. Owned by a husband and wife team of professional chefs, their shop carries a huge variety of high quality specialty foods with great prices.  Customer service is wonderful and shipping is extremely fast. If you order before noon, they will typically ship your order out the same day.

    Some of their incredible gourmet products include smoked salmon, baking ingredients, dried beans, extracts, dried fruits and nuts, dried...MORE mushrooms, oils and vinegars, pastas and grains, salts and spices, caviar and truffle products.

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     This an amazing place to find delicious ingredients imported from Italy - salamis, pates, prosciutto, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, pestos, tomato sauces, an extensive selection of pastas, rices, and more.  You will also find a great selection of other specialty foods from around the world - cheese, truffles, caviar, seafood, game meat, beef, pork, poultry (from New York Prime Meats). Gourmet Pasta Cheese also sells a nice assortment of cookware and tools.

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    O & CO.

    O&Co. (Oliviers & Company) is a wonderful Mediterranean food merchant. They have several boutique stores on the East coast but all of their delicious goods are available in their online store.

    They have a fantastic assortment of imported olive oils from Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal. You will find beautiful ​vinegars, delicious olive tapenades, gourmet crackers and spreads, pasta and sauces, truffle products, artisan salts, and seasonings. They also have a beautiful selection of...MORE gifts.

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    I'm a huge fan of Food52, a foodie website created by journalists Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs in 2009.  Recently they have made the foray into the retail business with their Provisions by Food52 shop, a gourmet food and kitchen store.  

    I love looking through the website.   They have a wonderful selection of specialty foods - all carefully chosen and tested by the staff. Many of the items are exclusive to Food52 and the photography is outstanding. Find hidden gems like Flake Finishing...MORE Salt by Jacobsen Salt Co., Frog Hollow Farm Warren Pears, Nicholas Breed Free-range Turkeys, Olympic Provisions Salami, Noble Tonic Vanilla Bean and Egyptian Chamomile Blossom Maple Syrup, Fruition Dark Chocolate Bars, Blue Chair jams, and a lot more. A true delight for any foodie!

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    Spanish cuisine is very hot right now and for good reason - it's delicious! La Tienda, a family-owned business in Virginia, carries hundreds of fine foods from artisanal and small family firms in Spain.  Ibérico Ham, Serrano Ham, Chorizo & sausages, Olive Oils, Artisan Spanish cheeses, Chocolates & other sweets, Seafood, Spices, and other fantastic foods can be found at La Tienda.

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    Di Bruno Bros.

    Here is an absolutely fantastic place to find gourmet foods! Di Bruno Bros. is a family business in Philadelphia that was started in 1939. They have a great assortment of premium foods like cheeses, charcuterie, caviar, pates, foie gras, olives (huge selection!), olive oils, vinegars, smoked fish, specialty meats, truffles, and much more. If they don't have it, they'll find it for you.

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    For the Gourmet caters to chefs and their restaurants selling many of their products by the case or in larger quantities.  It's a fantastic store, though, and a great place to find anything you might need to cook up something amazing. You can also save a good deal of money by purchasing by the case.

    Meats, exotic fruits, seafood, chocolates, cheeses, line the shelves of this wonderful specialty food store.  For organic foods, they have a selection of beans and lentils, rice, nuts, and flours.

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    Great place to find premium products to stock your pantry. Their specialty is fresh mushrooms (including morels and truffles) and wild harvest like ramps and fiddleheads. They also have a wonderful selection of fresh exotic vegetables, caviar, foie gras, oils, salts, cheeses, chocolates, vinegars, spices, and a lot more! Good stuff!

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    Zabar's is a New York City institution. In business for over 70 years, Zabar's 16,000-square-foot store has everything from caviar and hand-sliced smoked salmon to cheesecakes and freshly roasted coffee. Other highlights include 600 varieties of cheeses, foie gras, olives, cured meats, smoked fish, specialty salts, olive oils, and much, much more.

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    Stonewall Kitchen is a great New England company that sells a wide variety of delicious sauces, toppings, and condiments. Products include jams and marmalades, chutneys, salsas, mustards, grill marinades, pasta sauces, cocktail sauces, relishes, vinaigrettes, specialty oils, salad dressings, asian oils, honeys, dessert toppings, maple syrups, olives, gourmet cakes and other desserts, tableware, kitchen tools, and appliances.