The best: Nugget Market @ the corner of Pole Line Rd. and E. Covell Blvd. in Davis.
The worst: Safeway.
Larry’s is defunct???[:(]
When I lived there- they had the best smoked white king salmon I have ever had!
The Twin Cities has three very good upscale supermarkets in Lund’s, Byerly’s and Kowalski’s. They also have Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, SuperTarget, Wal-Mart, Rainbow and Cub stores for specialty and lower prices. They also have some very good co-op markets in the Wedge and Lakewinds.
The now defunct, Larry’s in greater Seattle was a great top end place … IMO, a better choice than the Whole Foods that opened across the street in Bellevue — a branch that seemed even more expensive than others I have visited.
Wegmans for me! I love the selection, prices and can get so many things I can’t find in NYC at prices I know I couldn’t get them for in the city. I have always had outstanding service there every time.
Earl of Sandwich
I’ll sing the praises of Jungle Jim’s as well. I’ve been going there for 20 years or more, since my kids were little. I’ve not seen another grocery store that comes close to the fun The Jungle offers.
Jungle Jims is a great place. For everyday cinci shopping it was Thriftway hands dow. The best fresh fish?shellfish going. Terrific meats and specialss For th busy professional,,MRC-Meals ready to cook-complete with detailed instrucions! And the deli had the best fried chicken I had ever tasted. The skin, cradklin crisp with an inside so juicy you can squirt the person next to you!
All in alal for no hype they are awesome.
the ancient mariner
Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, Ct——-I love the place
A milkman opened a little milk bar and now years later
it is one of the highest rated supermarkets in the world.
And Stew is still there watching over things.
In Florida I think Publix is great. Clean and neat and
if you watch the sales it is a great place to shop. Everything
is fresh and everyone is pleasant. No grumppy employees allowed.
Knoxville does not have a great grocery store. I sincerely wish we did. We have to go to Atlanta or Cincy to obtain that.
Like Al, Jungle Jim’s is pretty neat to me.
Paul E. Smith
We make it to Jungle Jims 3 or 4 times a year. it is, indeed, a unique and interesting foodstore. One can spend an hour easily, reading the labels of the hundreds of Hot Sauces..Screaming Rectal Revenge, for example, has a history worth looking into…
The Cheeses, the Produce, and the Beer department all are far above any other midwestern grocery i have ever seen. Want fresh Alligator, TurDucHen, or Duck beaks and feet?? JJ’s has got them…Lot’s of them. Whole Pig Heads and an Asian Foods section and a fresh (swimming in front of you) fish tank…J J’s really is a fun place to shop
HOLY CANNOLI! That’s no supermarket, that’s an amusement park with good food!!! Wow!!!
p.s. this is fantastic: junglejims.com/attractions/jungle_jims_attractions_restrooms.asp
The Ultimate Grocery Store by far is Jungle Jims in the Cincinnati area. There is nothing that compares to it anywhere in the world.Over 6 acres under one roof and growing every day. I am spoiled as I shop there all the time. Take a tour…….Russ..junglejims.com/
Wegman’s is too overwhelming for me. It is too big and too crowded. I love the selection and the prices, but the hassle – it is also 30 minutes away – keeps me from going there.
In Baltimore we have two local supermarkets that cater to the gourmet crowd: Eddie’s and Grauls. Both are great for meats and prepared foods. We just got a Fresh Market, which I like for meats, produce and various southern products. The Whole Foods is good for produce. Unfortunately, the prices are pretty steep. If I’m just looking to buy staples, I’ll go to either Super Fresh, Shoppers Food Warehouse or the Target.
Twenty years ago and living in McLean, VA (a close-in ‘burb of DC)I shopped at Safeway and Giant (a regional chain) and never gave this much thought until the local Giant Food opened their "Giant Gourmet" with prepared high-end meals and hard-to-find sauces and delicacies. Over the years specialty stores covering a range of tastes and pocketbooks opened, e.g., Sutton Place (now Dean and Delucca) and Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods and Harris-Teeter came in and tweaked the service, variety, and quality level.
And then there came Wegman’s. Their first DC-area store opened in Sterling, VA and was a revelation: 100,000+ sf of HEAVEN. Over the top quality in meats, baked goods, and prepared foods and the widest possible selection of grocery items, very competitively priced.
We live in Dallas now and have Eatzi’s, Central Market (HEB), and Marketplace (United) along with Tom Thumb (Safeway in TX), Kroger, Albertson’s, Whole Food’s, etc. But not even the fabled Central Market in Houston comes close to Wegman’s (and it is a rip on prices).
I know that I’m comparing two metro areas of 6,000,000 people each, but what else is out there around the country – cities big an small that – that are other prime exemplars of one of America’s innovations: the supermarket?
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