Restaurant Review

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
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

Thomas Miller

My name is Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” and now the host and producer of the brand new show called Holy Grail Eats! I’ve been a professional food blogger for the past 8 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom and pop owned restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 300 local restaurants in the last 8 years and my food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on my website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Level 8 Local Guide, I have submitted over 3,500 photos that have been viewed over 72 million times. My foodie tribe is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie Meetups and Chef’s Table Dining events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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  1. This is an excellent review. I very much enjoyed it. Have known the Ryder family for many years. They have a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in the areas of food, wine and hospitality. My friends and I can hardly wait to experience all that Vero Beach offers. Knowing that, whether we drive or fly to Florida from Louisiana, a visit to Ryder’s Gourmet Market will not disappoint. The food, fun and festive atmosphere will be well-worth the trip! Just a tad concerned about the pounds we are bound to pack on!!! Thank you for this delightful review.

    1. Thank you Linda! Since the review, I have had an opportunity to taste a few more dishes from Ryder’s, and let me say that I’m happy I’m over 15 minutes away from them because I too would be there eating more and gaining weight too! 😉

      1. Thank you Mr. Thomas Miller for your kind and very understanding reply. Sometimes guys simply do not understand our desire to , or at least pretend to, be concerned about our figures as well as our health! I believe It would very difficult for me not to gobble up a ton of the scrumptious food . Not to mention the superb wine!

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