With one on every corner or in every shopping center, grocery stores are as ubiquitous as Starbucks. As perfunctory as grocery shopping can be in our weekly routine, we seek out certain grocery stores and sometimes go out of our way to visit the ones we like the best. What makes one great and separates the leaders from the pack? Ask just about anyone wheeling a grocery basket, and people will have an opinion about what makes their favorite grocery store the best.
Which is why we want to know: What is America’s best grocery store? You can narrow it down by number of stores, or highest profit, but the best grocery store is about more than that. Here at The Daily Meal, we think that a great grocery store has first-class customer service, pristine aisles, and an abundance of quality products.
Of course we all have our own opinions about what the best supermarkets are, so we turned to an expert panel to help determine the best of the best. The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network includes some of America’s preeminent food bloggers. These are people from across America who love food, who live food, and who spend considerable time in their favorite grocery stores looking for the best produce, products, and overall experience. If these folks aren’t experts on supermarkets across the country, we’d love to know who is! So with the guidance of the Culinary Content Network we present a list of their nominations. Some stores (we won’t tell you which ones) were nominated over and over again, and some were hometown favorites that our panelists nominated.
To make the voting easier, we’ve separated the survey into sections: national store chains and those that are more regional. You can select your favorite national store and your favorite store in each region. To be fair, we only chose grocery stores that were in more than one U.S. state, except we included H.E.B because, well, it’s awesome and as the largest state in the continental U.S., Texas could be considered a ‘region’ by itself. We know it’s difficult to choose your favorite. But we want you to weight in and tell us: What is your favorite grocery store? Please fill out this survey by Monday, April 21.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.