The new version of Standard Foods is now up and running, including both the full service restaurant as well as the attached grocery.
I wanted to put in a plug for the Butcher counter in the Grocery. They have a nice selection of high quality meats and seafood. It looks like this is basically a retail window on the meat shop that serves the restaurant. I’ve only tried a few items, but they’ve been very good. There are roasts, chops, steaks, and sausages, as well as seafood. The have some very, very nice roast beef and pastrami. There are a few prepared sandwiches listed on the chalkboard behind the counter. I had their pastrami sandwich, and it was excellent. I took home a bit of their “beef bacon”, which was a thin-sliced, inch-thick, seasoned and smoked beef. Really tasty stuff.
One other offering of the grocery worth noting: prepared stocks. The restaurant kitchen is making intermediate products for direct sale, and are offering chef-prepared stocks. A good stock is the basis for many good home kitchen recipes, and is often glossed over with packaged grocery store offerings that just don’t have great flavor. I know where I’m headed the next time I need some prepared stock.