NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3308 times:
Easily the best supermarket I walked into was the Jewel Ocso in Barrington, IL. It was big, but still able to find everything had everything you wanted and cleaner than a hospital. Worst has to go to Pathmark and Shoprite, they are bad.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5484 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
In terms of a store where you can go in, find everything you want in stock and in great quantity, I would put Cub Foods as my favorite. The aisles are wide and the stores are clean. It's based in MN and is only in a few midwest states.
Other than Cub Foods, I really like Publix. They usually have everything in stock and the stores (at least where I lived) were clean.
Stores like Byerly's, Wegmans and Kowalski's are obviously the best looking stores, but it's too expensive to do your weekly shopping there. Those stores are only good for a quick run in to get a few items.
Midcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3280 times:
One word: Wegmans. The Asian Wokery RULES!!!!!!!
Our closest Wegmans (Mechanicsburg, PA) is like 30 mins away so we mostly shop at GIANT. Wegmans is more of a "go and get some Chinese food for a treat" kind of thing. The Sesame chicken, egg and spring rolls, sweet 'n' sour chicken, pot stickers, shrimp purses, dumplings, and lo mein are my favorites. Makes a great meal and it's the best Chinese I've ever had. Restaurant-quality food for sure!
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3263 times:
I go out of my way to shop at Publix..I drive 20 minutes and pass several other stores to get there. I spent a few months in PIT on a trip for work back in 2005 and stayed in an extended stay hotel... shopped at Giant Eagle. Like that as well. Back home in Maine, Shaws is really nice.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17283 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
I definitely agree with those who say Publix, Trader Joe's, and Aldi are among the best, and that Wal-Mart is one of the worst. I've shopped at Publix for years, mainly because I worked for them years back and their stores are very rarely wrecked despite the store being very busy. Trader Joe's is still a bit of a novelty for me, as there are not any close to where I live, so the only chance I get to go into one is if I happen to be in the area of a location and they're open (I drive past one every week, but never at the time they're open. If they opened up at 7 am instead of 9 am, they would definitely get folks on their way to work to come in and pick up stuff for their lunches.). We've been shopping at Aldi for about 5 or so years, as they've got good products at great prices. When we starting shopping at the one near me, you would maybe see 2 or 3 other shoppers in the store. In the last few years, the word has gotten out and there are times when all three checkout lanes are in use.
The one person in that article that said Winn-Dixie must have one helluva W-D where they live, as the ones they used to have here weren't all that great.
I'm actually surprised that nobody mentioned Kroger in either category. The Kroger nearest to me is one of the worst grocery stores I have ever been in. It's a small store compared to what they build these days (It opened up about 20+ years ago.) and despite several remodels in the last decade, it is not that great of a store. I actually try to avoid shopping there because I usually ending up walking out because I get so frustrated because the layout is so confusing and they don't have that great of a meat department (Prior to the last remodel, they had a pretty decent meat dept.). My last place I lived at, I would drive past this store on my way home, and unless I absolutely needed something (At 2 in the morning when you're on the way home from work, there's not too many shopping choices.), I would not shop there, choosing instead to drive to a newer one that was about 2 miles further from my place than this Kroger was.
I've never really been a fan of Wal-Mart when it comes to grocery shopping. About 8-9 years ago I used them because there was a Super Wal-Mart about a 10 minute drive from where I lived at the time, and my only other option was a run-down Kroger (A different one than the above mentioned location, but was about 5 miles away.) that late at night didn't seem so safe. Plus I would use this as an opportunity to shop for non-grocery stuff as well.
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4072 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
Publix in the southeast, and as a native of the Chicago area, Jewel-Osco is also great.
I'll also go out of my way to shop at Publix, nothing else in the Atlanta or Greenville area comes close. Stores are always clean, employees are almost always great, food is fresh and prices are good, and best of all, you don't need a stupid "bonus card" to get the deals.
For sure! Publix is easily the best regular chain supermarket I've walked into. My village of Key Biscayne only has a Winn Dixie, which is... beyond the pale (kidding, but it seriously is nowhere near as good). We've been driving to the mainland and doing our big grocery hauls at Publixes for a while now, and it's great.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10720 posts, RR: 16 Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
Quoting Continental (Reply 2): I would put Cub Foods as my favorite. The aisles are wide and the stores are clean.
We used to have Cub Foods here in Oregon, but they were bought by or merged with WinCo. I don't really care much for WinCo. There are always so many people there and it can be dirty. Long lines at check out at all hours, even thought they are open 24 hours. Strangest thing. They do have a good bulk food section.
We do not have Publix or Aldi here, either. The two stores I really like here are QFC and Haggen. Both are clean and relaxed. QFC has a really good deli and bakery. Haggen has a salad bar, deli and bakery that are wonderful!
USXguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 907 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
For some reason Winn Dixie is the closest store to me too, and i'm on A1A... but its probably the nicest one I've ever been in. Winn Dixie seems to have lots of smaller stores vs. one big store per "neighborhood" as we see up here.
In South Florida, we really only have 2 options, outside of the Big-Box Stores... Albertsons recently just shed about 50% of their stores.
Back "home", Kroger is the big guy, and they make sure that everyone knows it. At least in my hometown (Decatur), they've remodeled or rebuilt every store. Eagle seems to have pulled out, Schnucks just hasn't been able to build a brand - although when they came in the store was very high-end, and then you have Wal-Mart and Aldi chasing the cheap crowd.
I personally have no choice... I can handle the Winn Dixie here because its not crowded and has what I want, and there's a good-sized Publix over at Oakland Park & US1.
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2682 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3193 times:
Quoting Seb146 (Reply 11): We used to have Cub Foods here in Oregon, but they were bought by or merged with WinCo. I don't really care much for WinCo. There are always so many people there and it can be dirty. Long lines at check out at all hours, even thought they are open 24 hours. Strangest thing. They do have a good bulk food section.
to WinCo. Dirty and crowded. I'm not really a fan of the warehouse grocery stores.
to New Season Market. A little pricier, but just what a grocery store should be. Basically a shrine to good food, with nice "scenery" at the one on NE 33rd and Killingsworth. I also like the large selection of organic and locally grown products.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems with just potatoes.
Dahawaiian From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
I am very disappointed in the variety of stuff Publix carries vs Safeway. Maybe it is just the stores in my area but I miss the Safeway and QFC stores that I frequented when I lived in Washington State.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 850 posts, RR: 51 Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3189 times:
Food Lion really is the pits, they got that one right. I would never shop there. The North Dallas area is riddled with post offices and government service buildings that have been built in closed-down Food Lions.
Hey, if it's a nice one, why not? The one in my town gets poor marks simply because it's somewhat poorly stocked in comparison to the afore-mentioned supermarket of the gods Publix.
Oh, and if any Brits are trolling this thread: Waitrose is amazing! Admittedly, this is partly because every time I see one I think to myself for some reason that "Boutros Boutros-Ghali" sounds a bit like "Waitrose Waitrose-Ghali". Don't ask why!
Ronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 624 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3151 times:
I would enter my "Best and Worst" Grocery Store Choices but grocery stores seem to be so regional that I doubt if many people here would even recognise them. I hardly recognise any of the stores above except for the ubiquitous Wal-Mart.
Sorry if I sound like I'm trying to hijack the thread, but there is a fairly rich vein of "Grocery Store Etiquette" on the Internet. It might be more useful to discuss that topic?.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17283 posts, RR: 51 Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3136 times:
Quoting SkyGirl (Reply 9): And just why hasn't anyone mentioned the Piggly Wiggly? I loved the piggly wiggly as a kid, and was sad to see their decline. Plus, piggly wiggly is fun to say. I'm big on the pig.
There still are Piggly Wiggly locations around here, they took over some of Winn-Dixie's old stores, and other locations have been around for years under several different names.
Quoting SkyGirl (Reply 9): I'm also a huge fan of Ingle's. That's kind of a Carolina grocery store, so I know when I see it that I'm home.
We still have a few around here, but they're beginning to retreat from the main parts of the Metro Atlanta. Some of the ones that are still open have been in the same spot for 20+ years and folks still shop there because in order to get to the nearest Kroger, Publix, or Wal-Mart, they'd drive right past the Ingles. You really tend to see them more along the fringes of Metro Atlanta and outside of Metro Atlanta (Same with chains like Food Lion, Bi-Lo, and SuperValu.).
Quoting Seb146 (Reply 11): We used to have Cub Foods here in Oregon, but they were bought by or merged with WinCo.
We had them in the Atlanta area until about 7 years ago when they closed up shop here. I liked them as a kid, as my Mom would normally do the grocery shopping on Friday, and she'd wait until after we got home from school and she'd shop while my sister and I roamed around the store hitting all of the free samples they had.
USXguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 907 posts, RR: 6 Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
Speaking of brits & food, I was SSOOO mad to see Cadbury Dairy Milk in the intl food aisle, thinking it was the IMPORTED chocolate... i got home and spit it out.. it was made in freakin Pennsylvania under a license with Hershey! boo!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39423 posts, RR: 76 Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
Here in San Francisco;
They always have great deals, open 24 hours, hard liquor is always marked down and they're the only place that has 2-liter bottles of tonic water for only 99 cents. 1.75 liter bottles of vodka for only $10.99. I can make dozens of vodka-tonics for under $13.00.
Safeway has everything.
Excellent grocery store full of hot Asian spices and other ethnic foods from the Far East. All sorts of seafood and they have a huge bucket of live frogs.
Despite their expensive reputation, they do have sales and when mark down their prices, they are reall, really cheap. The best seafood and selection of free-range meats if you're in to that. Best of all is their beer selection. They carry just about every kind of micro and macro brew from around the world.
They sale a certain fine California wine from Napa Valley named Charles Shaw for only $1.99.
Whole Foods - Super expensive boutique yuppie grocery store with snobby service, poor selection, terrible hours and poor selection of booze.