The Best Supermarket in Every State
From a place that serves craft beer as you shop to the biggest selection of organic produce, these are the best supermarkets in every state across the country.
Alabama: Organic Harvest, Hoover
Nestled in the heart of Hoover you’ll find Organic Harvest, Alabama’s largest natural foods store. The selection of healthy groceries is vast so you’ll definitely work up an appetite roaming the aisles. Refuel at the cafe with one of their signature smoothies and a vegan chicken salad sandwich even carnivores will love.
Alaska: Three Bears, Tok
Food prices are notoriously higher in Alaska because of the convenience factor—but at Three Bears you’ll spend less than you would elsewhere. That’s because they get a lot of their stock from Costco while also featuring locally-sourced produce, dairy, and meat. They also have a line of Outposts, smaller stores that supply all of your hunting, fishing and outdoors needs including licenses and camping gear.
Arizona: Los Altos Ranch Market, Phoenix
Taco Tuesday just got a lot better—and easier—with the ready-made Mexican fare in “La Cocina” at this small Southwestern chain. It’s the supermercado (that’s supermarket in Spanish) where all the locals go for their lunch break.
OK, it might not be the best place to shop for groceries, but it is the most fitting since the mega-chain first began in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. Walmart now has over 3,465 supercenter locations (aka, stores with a food section)—check out the most popular Walmart products in every state. Even the organic products are cheaper: A study found that organic ketchup at Walmart was $2.58 vs. $3.69 at the average grocery store.
California: Ralph’s, Los Angeles
If the free parking at Ralph’s isn’t enough to win you over (a rarity in downtown LA), the frequent sales and superbly stocked shelves will. Pick up your laundry from the in-store dry cleaners and, when the stress of shopping and meal planning gets to you, unwind at Elevate, the new bar inside the LA location that serves glasses of wine and beer.
Colorado: King Soopers, Denver
Sushi and Starbucks are two things that make running errands a lot more tolerable. You can find both at King Soopers, an offshoot of Kroger, along with a well-stocked healthy eating section and even an olive oil bar where you can fill your own bottles with an array of unique flavors. Find out the supermarket tricks you still fall for.
Connecticut: Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk
Named “the Disneyland of dairy stores” by the New York Times, this Connecticut chain takes customer service so seriously, it’s set in stone, literally: At the entrance to each of their stores, there’s a hunk of granite with their motto etched into it: “Rule 1: The customer is always right. Rule 2: If the customer is ever wrong, reread Rule 1.” And for every $100 you spend, you’ll earn a free cup of coffee or a free scoop of ice cream.
Delaware: Janssen’s Market, Wilmington
Awarded the honors of being the country’s top independent grocer by the National Grocers Association, this 50-plus-year-old company is where Delaware locals head for “everyday gourmet.” You’ll find an array of fresh meats, cheeses and local goodies (plus wine and beer) scattered among the aisles, which happen to be named after roads in the area.
Florida: Publix, Orlando
There are plenty of reasons Publix has grown such a cult following over the years, from its frequent “buy one get one” sales to its Apron Cooking School, which are essentially kiosks scattered throughout the store where you can watch a cooking demonstration and taste samples. You’ll want to pick up lunch to go at their in-store sub shop, as well—the enormous sandwiches (known as Pub Subs) have become famous; they rank among the best sandwiches in the country from national outlets.
Georgia: The Fresh Market, Atlanta
The store got its start in Greensboro, North Carolina, and now it has spread to the Big Peach—and Georgians couldn’t be happier. Grab a quick lunch from their readymade options (the shrimp salad and vegetable spring rolls are popular picks), indulge in assorted chocolates or jellybeans from the bulk candy bins, or simply enjoy the warm ambiance created by the cozy decor and the friendly staff. These are the things your grocer isn’t telling you.