Ryder’s Gourmet Market is a foodies paradise with lots of great products to eat and explore. Owned and operated by the Ryder’s, a family of 6 who all do their part to make sure the store is successful. The “Florida” Ryder’s can be found in the store almost daily, while the “Foreign” Ryder’s visit often, but contribute in other ways remotely. Tom Ryder, a previous publisher of Food & Wine magazine, definitely knows his gourmet food & wine, and it shows by the wonderful selection of products featured in the store. His son, Rob runs the day to day operations. The majority of the products you’ll find in the store have been hand selected from their travels around the world and you won’t find them any where else in Vero. If you are a wine connoisseur, they have a nice selection with no bottle over the $25 price point. I sat down with Tom, Rob, and Chef Nick to try a few of their freshly prepared items during my visit. Tom describes the store as a restaurant without a dining room. They do have a few tables on the front porch, or you can have a seat in their picnic area to the left of the store and enjoy your meal. The food I tasted included (see photos below) a shrimp po’ boy, a San Antonio inspired chopped salad, and a cheeseburger that is one of the best on the island! Tom was also kind enough to put together a care package for me to take home and try a few other products from the store, including a few DINNER TONIGHT prepared meals, spicy pimento cheese, soups, grits, olive oil, balsamic, and a few chocolates.
Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!