25. Mariano’s – West Loop
> Location: Chicago, Illinois (population: 2,722,586)
> Total Yelp reviews: 436
> Avg. Yelp rating: 3.5
This full-scale Italian-accented market chain promises “the freshest high-quality foods from just about everywhere in the world…be it kosher bagels from down the street, or mozzarella from Caserta, Italy.” There are numerous locations of this Kroger-owned store around the Chicagoland area; this one has wine, sushi, and oyster bars among other non-grocery attractions. Some Yelp reviews give this branch low marks, but to others it’s “fantastic” and a “go-to grocery store.”
24. Sprouts Farmers Market
> Location: Sunnyvale, California (population: 151,565)
> Total Yelp reviews: 446
> Avg. Yelp rating: 3.5
An Arizona-based chain with stores in some 20 states, Sprouts specializes in organic and natural foods, including produce, meats and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, and body care and household items. Yelpers compare this branch to Whole Foods, but note that it’s less expensive and with better customer service.
23. Locale Market
> Location: Saint Petersburg, Florida (population: 263,255)
> Total Yelp reviews: 475
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.0
“If only I lived closer,” moaned one reviewer on Yelp of this “always clean and bright” “culinary experience” created by noted chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona. Cheese, charcuterie, meats, seafood, produce, aisles and aisles of specialty packaged goods, a ramen bar, burgers and pizzas, wine… There’s not much this place doesn’t have.
22. Andronico’s Community Market
> Location: San Francisco, California (population: 864,263)
> Total Yelp reviews: 532
> Avg. Yelp rating: 3.0
Describing itself as an “eclectic, upbeat neighborhood hub for feeding a healthy lifestyle,” Andronico’s is a San Francisco favorite (there is a second location in Monterey). Prepared foods, fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, seafood, flowers, alcoholic beverages, grocery staples, and all the rest are found here. “I would probably compare Andronicos to Whole Foods,” wrote one aficionado on Yelp, “but Andronicos is still just a little better…”
21. Corti Brothers
> Location: Sacramento, California (population: 489,650)
> Total Yelp reviews: 568
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.5
This classic grocery store in California’s capital city, family-owned since 1947, has anything you’d go to any other grocery store for. But thanks to proprietor Darrell Corti, it also sells amazing wines and spirits from around the world, some of them available here exclusively, as well as such specialty items as rare Chinese teas and Japanese soy sauces, dried fruits and nuts, premium canned fish from Spain, and exotic coffees. “Wow, what an awesome place,” Yelped a fan from San Francisco.
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