Grocery stores can be a source of pleasure or pain, joy or misery.
Some of us can spend hours roaming the aisles happily reading labels and dreaming of what to make for dinner. For others, though, grocery shopping is a chore, the singular focus being to get in, get out, and get home as quickly as humanly possible.
The Daily Meal has previously ranked the nation’s best supermarkets chains, but now we go further by asking: What is the best grocery store in each state?
Thrillist recently published an article announcing the most popular market in every state using the number of stores a chain had within the state as an indication of popularity. Consequently, this led to mega supermarket chains like Safeway and Walmart topping the list in nearly every location. But just because Walmart has hundreds of stores in California, does that make it the best place to shop?
To find the answer, we went to the people.
We looked at reviews on Google, Yelp, Foursquare, and Facebook and analyzed local polls, social media posts, and check-ins. We also conducted informal polls of friends, family, and acquaintances in far-off states in search of the answer, weighing concerns and praise about price, quality of products, and customer service, as well as store cleanliness.
Note that this report excludes small specialty and gourmet markets and focuses on the everyday shopping needs of the American consumer. Still, you’ll find that independently owned locally founded stores often won out over the local big chains like Kroger or Whole Foods. Unless indicated otherwise, all reviewer quotes were collected from Google Reviews.
Check below to see if your favorite store made our list of the best grocery store in every state.
Alabama- Renfroe’s Market
Arizona- Sprouts Market
Arkansas- Edwards Food Giant
California- Berkeley Bowl
Colorado- King Soopers
Connecticut- Stew Leonard’s
Delaware- Janssen’s Market
Georgia- Whole Foods
Idaho- Natural Grocers
Illinois- Nature’s Best Fresh Market
Indiana- Fresh Market
Kansas- Roeland Park Price Chopper
Kentucky- Lucky’s Market
Maine- Hannaford Brothers Company
Massachusetts- Market Basket
Minnesota- Kowalski’s Market
Mississippi- Rainbow Co-op
Montana-Community Food Co-op
Nebraska- Open Harvest Grocery Co-op
Nevada- WinCo Foods
New Hampshire- A Market
New Jersey- King’s Super Markets
New Mexico- La Montanita Food Co-op Market Nob Hill
New York- Fairway
North Carolina- Harris Teeter
North Dakota- Dan’s Supermarket
Oklahoma- Crest Foods
Oregon- New Seasons Market Seven Corners
Pennsylvania- Giant Food Stores
Rhode Island- Eastside Marketplace
South Carolina- Harris Teeters
South Dakota- Lynn’s Dakotamart
Tennessee- The Turnip Trucks
Vermont- Onion River Co-op
Virginia- Ellwood Thompson
Washington- PCC Market
West Virginia- Capital Market
Wisconsin- Woodman’s Market