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Nov 6, 2011 05:15 AM

Best Supermarket In USA: your nominations

I am thinking in terms of a specific single location. and let's leave out whole foods. my nomination is the Wegmans in dewitt NY

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  1. I'd nominate Central Market on N. Lamar in Austin.

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    1. re: tim irvine

      All the Central Markets in Texas!

      1. re: igorm

        Another one for Central Market. Don't know about the other locations, but it's great in FW.
        Selection is beyond anything I've ever seen in one store, everything is very fresh. It can be a bit pricey... but, hey, you're eating this stuff!! I'll cut corners elsewhere.

        1. re: igorm

          Another vote for Central Market(s) and H-E-B Stores in Texas!

        2. re: tim irvine

          +1 for the north lamar central market.

          Amazing store.

            1. Meijer is the best supermarket around. The Cascade Meijer on 28th Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan is the best of them all. If you aren't from the midwest you don't know what you're missing!

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              1. re: lbaat

                That Meijer is very nice. Its exceptionally clean and everything was fresh and stocked, but I still cannot get over the velvet ropes around the alcohol.

                1. re: Kelli2006

                  Ah yes, velvet ropes around the alcohol. Only in west Michigan!
                  Meijer is still the best!

                2. re: lbaat

                  oh cr@p, we've been in Minnesota and ignore Meijer and also in Angola Indiana and ignore it too, not knowing it we didn't trip on in. oh well, next time

                  1. re: iL Divo

                    Don't be too concerned. I've been in several Meijers and they haven't been anything special. Maybe a step up from Walmart Supercenter, which they resemble (the hypermarket format), but there are far nicer markets around. IMO most of the pro-Meijer folks I know of (such as my Dear Wife) grew up with them when they WERE special and just never got over it.

                    1. re: johnb

                      oh thanks for info, we'll be going back to Angola Indiana in a few months and there's one there, I'll make the man take me to the Meijers when we're there just so I can get a looksie *-0

                      I had to look up Wegmans too, not familiar


                      also love the Harrie Teeter's we've frequented, lovely lovely markets.

                      just remembering this and it's gotta be my all time favorite > Southern Season


                      1. re: iL Divo

                        Thanks for the tip on Southern Season. I had never heard of that one. Next time I'm over in Chapel Hill I'll have to look it up. Of course, you can't really compare chains like Wegmans or Harris Teeter with one-off gourmet-type stores -- totally different businesses.

                  1. re: babette feasts

                    I second Berkeley Bowl. Amazing and affordable produce selection. In the summer, it's produce heaven. The New York Times agrees:

                    1. re: linda859

                      Me three, even though I live in Boston. But my sister lives in Berkeley Bowl, and I used to go to visit her to visit her, but now I go to visit her and then go to Berkeley Bowl!

                      But that's my left coast nomination. In the east, no question; It's DeMoulas' Market Basket in Somerville, Massachusetts! Love that wonderful store.

                      1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                        And me four, for the Bowl. I rarely shop elsewhere, and when I hit the produce and bulk sections, I do me a happy little jig. I mean, c'mon: 29 varieties of heirloom tomatoes? Excellent meats, wonderful prices, great special-order policies and really, really cool employees. All that AND they do an early-opening professional cook's shopping time, so you can get in and out, which is the only drawback to the Bowl......the crowds during regular shopping hours.

                        1. re: mamachef

                          OK, I'll chime in for Berkeley Bowl WEST -- even though I already mentioned Shopper's Corner in Santa Cruz. My wife will shop at either of the two Berkeley Bowl locations, but I will *only* go to BB West . . . the crowds don't "bug" me as much there, and the store is -- for me -- much easier to navigate.

                          1. re: zin1953

                            Zin, I have never been to Berkeley...what is the difference between the West and other location?

                            1. re: DougRisk

                              The original Berkeley Bowl is older, more crowded, less well organized, and is very stereotypically "Bezerkeley" (think tye-dye, dreadlocks, patchouli oil, and Birkenstocks).

                              Berkeley Bowl West is a much newer building. It's larger, with wider aisles, better display cases and "traffic flow patterns," with more features and selection. (In other words, it's easier to get in, get what you need, and get out -- you don't feel like you have to fight with the crowds.) Although pricing is the same, think more upscale "yuppie" than "hippie."

                              My wife will shop at either one, but prefers Berkeley Bowl West. Me? It's worth it -- to me -- to drive farther and go to Berkeley Bowl West.


                              1. re: zin1953

                                Well, your fellow shoppers are part of the fun. But honestly; there are things there I've never heard of; caltrap nuts, for example. My sister, who I dearly love, is not very adventurous in food. When we go together to BB, she gets apples, oranges and maybe a melon. Me? I'm wandering the produce section, drooling, wanting to do taste tests of pretty much everything. The mushrooms? The melons? The tart cherries I got for $1 for 2 quarts because they were a little old, and made cherry soup with? The chocolate-covered almond nougat I buy multiple chunks of to eat back in Boston? What's not to like, except maybe the crazy parking, and come to think of it, that part feels like Boston.

                        2. re: somervilleoldtimer

                          Market Basket in general is great. I love the stores in Somerville and Chelsea. Great selection, especially of non-Western food, fresh produce, nice staff and affordable!

                      2. re: babette feasts

                        I agree! I love Berkeley Bowl. Not only is there a huge selection of produce, but it's also cheap! Bulk section is amazing too. Workers are super helpful and I always leave with something that I've never tried before.

                      3. I second Wegmans! As I type this, I am eating a sandwich on their cheese bread. Soo good!

                        1. Major Market in Escondido CA. Along with good selections in all departments, they carry packaged/canned foods from many different countries for those who are hankering for a little taste of home.