Ryder’s Gourmet Market Review

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!

Front Entrance
Inside the Store from the Front Left
Treasure Coast Foodie
Powered by Como
Wine and Gourmet Cheese Selection
Freshly Prepared and To-Go Foods Counter
DINNER TONIGHT Prepared Meals Case
San Antonio Grains Salad – This salad includes brown rice/farro blend, black beans, corn, avocado, lettuce/cabbage blend, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, mild pickled jalapeños, tortilla strips and cotija cheese with a spritz of white balsamic vinegar and avocado cream dressing. This salad has a lot of flavors and textures going on and was quite amazing! I only took a few bites at the store, but I finished it when I got home. So good!
Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy – Fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, house white remoulade sauce, Galatoire’s style. For those not familiar with “Galatoire’s Style”, it’s a restaurant in New Orleans and this is how they prepare the sandwich. The sandwich was loaded with veggies including lettuce, tomato, a TON of pickles, and of course fried shrimp. The bread was super fresh and the sandwich had a satisfying crunch when taking a bite from the fried shrimp and pickles.
Cheeseburger – Served with your choice of cheese, American or Swiss. Funny story about the burger. It was so juicy, when wiping my hands with a napkin, I inadvertently slid off my wedding ring and disposed of it in a to go bag. I only discovered this on my way home when I noticed the ring was missing. I called the store and I had an employee check the trash for it, and luckily they found it. Thought I was going to be in trouble when I got home! 😉
A few DINNER TONIGHT prepared meals, spicy pimento cheese, soups, grits, olive oil, balsamic, and a few chocolates.

RYDER’s Gourmet Market
Address: 3106 Cardinal Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 500-3663
Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday, 7:00am – 8:00pm
https://www.rydersgourmetmarket.com/

Written by Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” is big on organic everything and very particular about his butter. He has reviewed over 250+ local restaurants in the last 6 years! His food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on his website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Local Guide, he has submitted over 2,500 photos that have been viewed over 38 million times. His foodie tribe is over 25,000 on the Treasure Coast and his Foodie Meetups & Chef’s Table Dining Experience events are some of the Top Culinary experiences in the area!

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