For urbanites, grabbing a bottle of wine and wedge of cheese for a picnic usually requires a trip to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. That's why it feels so special to stumble upon a true little gourmet market at National Harbor. Potomac Gourmet stocks an array of cheeses and wine - a cachet of thousands of bottles occupies a central position in the shop - but dig a little further to find international foods and a beer selection that would make a D.C. resident envious. The shelves are lined with
offerings rarely seen outside of beer-focused bars, including Kasteel Rouge and rare flavors of lambic. For the folks who can call themselves National Harbor residents (yes, there are condos cleverly concealed above all the street action, and townhouses
are on the way), Potomac Gourmet stocks conventional, everyday foods, but the focus here is for foodies. Grab something immediate for a picnic by the waterfront, or stop in for something to take home for later.
-- Lavanya Ramanathan, April 2011