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Nov 10, 2011 11:24 AM

Markets in/near Lexington? Meat, fish, bread, produce, wine...

We're moving to Lexington next week. I see that there are 2 Whole Foods very close to our new house, one in Bedford, the other in Woburn. Which is better? Also looking for a good local butcher, fish market, wine shop and bakery. I stop at Wilson Farms on my commute, but would prefer organic produce, or at least an organic CSA in summer. And cheese? Where do I get that? I'm used to Wasik's in Wellesley, which will be a tough act to follow. Do I need to drive to the Cheese Shop in Concord or is there something a bit closer?

And for your "politically incorrect" groceries (paper towels, tp, cleaning products that actually work, Pepperidge Farm Flavor-Blasted Goldfish), where do you go?

Wilson Farm
10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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  1. Also another WF's in Fresh Pond.

    Market Basket in Burlington for everyday staples.

    I don't drink wine, but Berman's has an excellent selection of craft beer, good prices, and seem to care about their customers experience by hiring a knowledgeable beer buyer - so maybe that carries over into wine as well.

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    1. re: LStaff

      There are meat purveyors at both Lexington and Bedford Farmer's markets in the summer. and I think the Shady Pine Farm and Houde Family Farm deliver to lexington.
      Fresh Pond Seafood recently reopened in Arlington, and I believe there's a good butcher in Arlington as well (I forget the name and haven't been)
      The Cheese Shop in Concord is worth the drive, nice selection, great people.

    2. For me, the WF Woburn is better than Bedford in large part because it is bigger and thus has a broader selection. Local butcher: The Meat Shop on Mass Ave in Arlington Heights. I have not had uniformly great experiences there but not less than good and occasionally fantastic. They will order things, cut stuff to order and so on. Fish market: probably your best bet is the new Fresh Pond Seafood in Arlington. Wine shop: Bermans on Mass Ave or the one in Fresh Pond next to WF, forget its name. WF Fresh Pond, by the way, has significantly better seafood than WF Woburn or Bedford. Bakery depends what you are looking for: Lakota in Arlington Heights has TO DIE FOR cookies. Quebrada in East Arlington has good cakes. Iggy's is right near Fresh Pond so pretty close for great bread. Closest good cheese is Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave in Cambridge. Nearby grocery staples would be Stop & Shop in Lexington although Market Basket in Burlington is worth the drive for significantly better prices. Also, you have some sushi options in Lexington but Toraya in Arlington has them all beat. You have excellent ice cream at Rancatore's however. Welcome to the (sort of) neighborhood -- I live in Arlington Heights.

      Formaggio Kitchen
      244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Toraya Restaurant
      890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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      1. re: GretchenS

        Thank you! I'm glad there's an Iggy's so close. I spend a fortune on those cranberry pecan rolls at WF, so maybe I won't have to pay as much buying them directly from Iggy's. I'm familiar with Quebrada, as there is one in Wellesley. Their cardamom bread is out of this world. Glad to see there's a MB close by, too.

        1. re: Isolda

          So, you're standing in front of Quebrada's in East Arlington and look at Mass Ave. Cross the street and turn to your right. Keep walking a block or two and there will be a coffee bean shop called Barismo or something like that. If your are serious about your coffee beans, this is a good place to check out.

          169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

          1. re: three of us

            Thank you! I love coffee and will look for that.

      2. When you are at the Market Basket in Burlington, you will be next to both H-Mart and Trader Joe's. The former has a broad selection of very fresh fish at excellent prices. Depending on the day, there can be wonderful bargains on fresh produce, or a collection of overpriced wilt. A little further northeast, cutting through a road that runs parallel to 128, are Roche Brothers in Burlington and farther south on Cambridge Rd, Whole Foods in Woburn. All within 10 minutes of Lexington Center. As far as I know, Great Harvest Bread Company is still at the intersection of Mass Avenue and Waltham St in Lex Center.

        Trader Joe's
        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

        3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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        1. re: greygarious

          Don't forget to try Sweet Thyme bakery in Lexington center, a good Japanese bakery. Love the milk bread.

          1. re: justbeingpolite

            We've been to Sweet Thyme a couple of times. Love their sweet bean paste buns with the coconut in the dough. I will try the milk bread the next time we're there.