When it comes to shopping for food, consumers in the United States have plenty of stores to choose from, whether you’re perusing the meat case at your local butcher shop or browsing the aisles at one of many grocery store chains.
Since there is a staggering number of grocery stores and butcher shops across the country, we’ve asked an expert panel to narrow the field and nominate the markets that they think stand out the most. They’ve selected 20 nominees across each of six categories that are worthy of recognition for their diverse selection of goods, friendly customer service, and quality items.
Which butcher shops and grocery stores do you think are the best? Vote once every day, per category to help your favorites come out on top. Voting ends on Monday, September 11 at noon ET.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Butcher Shop
Local butcher shops have the best cuts — Photo courtesy of iStock / Alexeg84
If you’re looking for quality meat, friendly service, and reasonable prices, your local butcher shops can be great resources. Independent butchers know their products inside and out, and they can offer you expert advice and ideas on what you can make with your proteins. They also source their meat from local farms and ranches, which means you get to enjoy the variety and freshness of cuts that can often be made to order.
These 20 butcher shops have been nominated by an expert panel as the best in the United States. Which one would you most like to shop at?
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Best Grocery Store
Which grocery store has earned your loyalty? — Photo courtesy of iStock / PeopleImages
There are hundreds of grocery store chains across the United States, but some of them are more beloved than others. And loyal customers will return to their favorites over and over again. An expert panel has nominated these 20 grocery stores as the best in the U.S. for their value, selection, and great service. Which grocery store do you favor frequenting?
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Best Grocery Store Bakery
Which grocery store bakery do you think is best? — Photo courtesy of iStock / LightFieldStudios
Who doesn’t love a fresh loaf of bread or a yummy cake? Getting baked goods from a grocery store bakery is a great way to treat yourself and save time. You can easily pick up your favorite items, from fresh bagels to scrumptious cookies, while you’re shopping for other necessities.
These 20 grocery store bakeries have been nominated by an expert panel as the best in the country for their variety of quality options that suit different tastes and dietary needs. Which grocery store bakery is your favorite?
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Best Grocery Store Deli
Which grocery store deli is your favorite? — Photo courtesy of E+ / 97
Stopping by the deli when you’re at the grocery store is a convenient and inexpensive way to pick up fresh and delicious food. You can choose from a variety of meats and cheeses in the deli case and can often grab a sandwich or some soup.
These 20 grocery store delis — nominated by an expert panel — stand out as the best in the United States, whether you need a quick lunch or a party platter. Which grocery store deli do you like to shop at the most?
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Best Grocery Store for Produce
When it comes to fresh produce, which grocery store has the best selection? — Photo courtesy of E+ / kali9
The produce section is often the first stop for shoppers at the grocery store. It beckons with its veritable rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables.
These 20 grocery stores across the U.S. have been selected by an expert panel as offering the best produce, thanks to their always-fresh quality stock, vast range of options, and — in many cases — their commitment to source as locally as possible. Which grocery store is your favorite for fresh produce?
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Best Grocery Store Prepared Food
Which grocery store has the best prepared foods selection? — Photo courtesy of iStock / Minerva Studio
Sometimes you just don’t feel like making a meal. That’s when buying prepared food at the grocery store can be a lifesaver. You don’t have to worry about grabbing the ingredients, following a recipe, or cleaning up. It’s convenient, fast, and delicious.
These 20 grocery stores — nominated by an expert panel as the best for prepared foods — have a vast, quality selection of ready-to-eat and take-and-bake options, from salads and sandwiches to pizza and full entrées. Which grocery store ranks highest when it comes to prepared foods?
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Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on Friday, September 22.