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Indirect Heat Nov 19, 2011 02:26 PM

We recently moved to Arlington, and are trying to figure out where we want to do our weekly grocery shopping.

So far, we hate the Stop N' Shop in Arlington, the produce there is grim. The H-mart up the road in Burlington is pretty fabulous, and what they don't have, the Market Basket next door has. But traffic up in that area is hideous except very early on weekend mornings.

Where do the other Arlington Chowhounds shop? What's your favourite grocery store?

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    Swankalicious RE: Indirect Heat Nov 19, 2011 04:42 PM

    Yep, the Stop 'n Shop on Mass Ave is rather bleak. We rotate between Trader Joe's, Whole Foods in Medford, H Mart/Market Basket duo in Burlington (love Market Basket, but the traffic is unfortunate), and Fresh Pond Seafood for fish. If you are a Stop 'n Shop fiend, there are two down the road a bit, one in Lexington and one in Bedford. I think they're a bit pricier than the Arlington version.

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

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      gltsoi RE: Indirect Heat Nov 19, 2011 04:58 PM

      Russo's in watertown is not that far and has an amazing selection.

      1. digga RE: Indirect Heat Nov 19, 2011 08:59 PM

        We picked up our Arlington winter CSA today (split it with a neighbor) - fabulous! Brussels sprouts, root veggies, like parsnips, turnips, sweet and regular potatoes, beets, radish, carrots, leeks, kale, cabbage, lettuces, apples. We made splitting our veggies a social event - wine and good company....my point is, look beyond your everyday average grocery store!!! Stop and Shop/H Mart/Trader Joe's - the produce SUCK at all those places (sorry to be all in your face, but I never shop at S n' S).

        There's the Somerville/Union Sq. winter farmers' market which is not too far away. I refuse to buy produce in a big box store. Why not support your local farmer if you can?

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          taterjane RE: Indirect Heat Nov 20, 2011 07:37 AM

          I usually go to Trader Joe's and Market Basket. Wilson Farms on the Lexington/Arlington line might be a possibility for you - their fruit is quite good and the produce is better than at Market Basket.

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          Wilson Farm
          10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

          1. GretchenS RE: Indirect Heat Nov 20, 2011 10:06 AM

            This recent post might be helpful to you. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/817015 For produce, I use Wilson Farm almost exclusively. Welcome to Arlington!

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            Wilson Farm
            10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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              marcreichman RE: Indirect Heat Nov 20, 2011 11:12 AM

              We take summer st/Lowell st. to Burlington. There is actually a side entrance to that market basket lot, just take the road right before with the gas station an it's a little bit down.

              Welcome to town!

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                StriperGuy RE: marcreichman Nov 20, 2011 01:47 PM

                Side entrance is KEY!

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                grant.cook RE: Indirect Heat Nov 20, 2011 05:28 PM

                The Trapelo Rd. Shaw's isn't bad.. we split a lot between the Medford and Fresh Pond WF's..

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                  Guido RE: Indirect Heat Nov 21, 2011 06:02 PM

                  We live in the heights and shop at TJs and the Lexington S&S for standards. SpiceLand in Burlington for Indian groceries; the place next to the Capital theater for Middle Eastern & bread. Russo's, Wilson's, Barismo, Whole Foods Fresh Pond.

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                  Barismo
                  169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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