20. Foodland Farms
> Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (population: 351,792)
> Total Yelp reviews: 585
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.0
The Ala Moana location of the Foodland chain, which operates 32 stores around Hawaii, is “A really nice grocery store,” according to a visitor from Virginia on Yelp, with “[s]o many fresh fruits, quality meats, fresh veggies, baked goods galore, poke, sushi, snacks, etc.” Local products like King’s Hawaiian rolls, Maui Style Potato Chips, and Kona coffee are among the featured items.
19. H Mart – Irvine
> Location: Irvine, California (population: 256,877)
> Total Yelp reviews: 591
> Avg. Yelp rating: 3.5
A Korean food court grocery store that’s part of a nationwide chain, the Irvine H Mart wins Yelp praise as “top notch” and “great!” One reviewer made special note of the produce section, “like a forest,” with “[t]ons of vegetable varieties that make you want to stock up your refrigerator at home.” Another, who admits that he really enjoys kimchi, proposed that “you could call this place kimchi heaven!”
18. Walmart Supercenter
> Location: Rosemead, California (population: 54,615)
> Total Yelp reviews: 592
> Avg. Yelp rating: 2.0
Walmarts are all over the place, of course; this location, in a community just east of Los Angeles, is one of 311 in the Golden State alone. Yelp reviews are almost universally negative, mostly complaining about the non-existent customer service. The fact that almost 600 people have posted reviews of this store, though, suggests that shoppers go there anyway, and even the critics mention the low prices and large selection — and Walmart doesn’t sell far more groceries than anyone else in America for no reason.
17. Phoenicia Specialty Foods
> Location: Houston, Texas (population: 2,267,336)
> Total Yelp reviews: 604
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.5
Originally a small Mediterranean-style deli and market in another location, Phoenicia is today a 55,000-square-foot international food market carrying, they say, “more than 15,000 products with down-to-earth pricing from more than 50 countries.” These include artisanal breads, meats and cheeses, seafood, exotic produce, prepared foods, and boutique wines and beers. “GREAT customer service…Lots of international food selection…awesome baked goods…hot food line…big salad bar…even bigger olive bar…” enthused one local customer on Yelp.
16. Zanotto’s Family Market
> Location: San Jose, California (population: 1,023,031)
> Total Yelp reviews: 620
> Avg. Yelp rating: 4.5
There are five independently owned and operated Zanotto’s in the San Jose area, known for their deli sandwiches as well as for their well-stocked shelves and cases. Why do people who review this one on Yelp like it so much? “This market has everything!” “[B]adass deli section.” “[S]o many things in the beer cooler that are hard of generally impossible to get…” “I can pick up nearly anything that I can’t pronounce in the store and will likely enjoy it.”
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