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Day 16: Have a Passion for Food? Check out Balducci's!

A Deli that even the kids appreciate!

If you ask Sherry, chef at Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market in Bethesda, what she loves most about Balducci’s, she will tell you it’s the sandwiches.  And oh, I can see why!  With creative, gourmet sandwich creations like nothing you can find anywhere else, it’s the perfect place to go to tickle your taste buds with something new.

Sherry at Balducci's

Balducci’s has 6 locations but only one in Maryland -thankfully located in Bethesda at 10323 Old Georgetown Rd.  We have featured several markets since starting this blog (see a food lover’s theme yet?!) but Balducci’s is truly in a class of its own.

On Facebook, Balducci’s decribes their store as “the premiere destination for gourmet food, specializing in prepared foods, meats, cheeses, custom catering & gift baskets.”  It is an amazing experience to just walk through the store.  Don’t go there when you’re hungry!  Balducci’s can be dangerous.  The “gourmet” label comes with one little down-side – it’s not for the budget shopper.  What the store does offer is a unique array of tastes, flavors, varieties and combinations that would be tough to find even after visits to dozens of “other” markets.

Sausage heaven!

Balducci's Bethesda

According to their web site, Balducci’s started as a produce stand run by “Pop” Balducci.  He had a passion for food which their stores embody to this day.  Catering is one of their specialties and they have chefs on staff to meet any event’s needs.  With unique selections of wines, caviar, smoked salmon from a boutique smokehouse in Maine and gift baskets for the most refined pallet, it is the perfect spot to find a special gift for any occasion.  They do offer a Rewards Program – $10 reward after every $250 you spend.  Sign up on their web site.  Probably not a bad idea if you expect to visit often.  Let me warn you…one visit to Balducci’s and you can’t help but get hooked on this delightful experience…the Tiffany’s of grocery markets.   ~Amy

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