When it comes to purchasing food, American consumers have many stores to choose from, whether they’re browsing the meat cases at their local butcher shop or browsing the aisles of one of the many chains groceries.
Since there are a staggering number of grocery and butcher stores across the country, USA TODAY 10Best assembled a panel of experts to narrow the field and point out the markets they think stand out the most. They have selected nominees in each of the six categories who deserve recognition for their diverse product selection, friendly customer service and quality items. Then, our readers voted for their favorites to determine the winners.
Click on each category below to see the full list of 2023 Readers’ Choice Award winners:
Best Grocery Store: The Fresh Market
The original Fresh Market was inspired by the food markets of Europe – a place where shoppers could have a more intimate and personalized experience than the warehouse-style supermarkets of the time. The Fresh Market now operates 160 locations in 22 states, with a focus on fresh produce and private label items.
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Best Grocery Store for Produce: Hy-Vee
Hy-Vee prides itself on its local produce and works with hundreds of local farms in eight Midwestern states to source fruits and vegetables grown within a 200-mile radius of each store. Ultra fresh produce is the norm here and prices can rival any other grocer.
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Best Grocery Store Prepared Meals: Hy-Vee
You can certainly browse the assortment of prepared treats like stuffed mushrooms, meatloaf, and chicken enchiladas at a Hy-Vee store. But this Midwest grocery chain has made things even easier with Mealtime to Go. Shoppers can order ready-to-eat or heat-and-serve meals online and pick them up curbside, from breakfast cookies to and gravy in the morning with Asian beef and broccoli for dinner.
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Best Grocery Store Bakery: The Fresh Market
At The Fresh Market, the hand-rolled buns are a must, with flavors like cranberry, orange, walnut and pumpkin and red velvet with cream cheese filling. You can also find Lindt chocolate cakes, Adam Matthews rum and bourbon cakes, artisan fudge, and many other delicious dessert options.
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Best delicatessen: The Fresh Market
The Fresh Market is committed to offering a wide selection of natural and organic products. And that focus also extends to the deli section, where shoppers can see natural chickens roasting, grab ready-made sides and order party platters with sandwiches, wraps, meats and cheeses.
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Best Butcher Shop: John Mull’s Meats in Las Vegas, Nevada
John Mull’s is a Las Vegas institution. The meat market offers everything from regular cuts of meat to feet, intestines, tongue, heart and more. They also process game and skin and hang your deer or elk. Additionally, the on-site Road Kill Grill is known as the best barbecue restaurant in Las Vegas.
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