Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grocery Store Roundup

Man does not live shop by Giant or Safeway alone; not to mention Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Fishing for groceries in the nation's capital isn't quite on par with New York's eclectic bodega scene; but we still have our fair share of local shopping havens... some of which you'll find featured below. Is your grocer here?

The Big Guns...

Giant Food: Test. Multiple locations.

Safeway: Test. Multiple locations.

Trader Joe's: Test. Multiple locations.

Whole Foods Market: Test. Multiple locations.

The Mid-majors...

Balducci's: Test. 600 Franklin Place, Alexandria, VA.

Dean & Deluca: Test. 3276 M Street, NW, WDC.

Magruder's: Test. 5626 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC.

Wagshal's: Test. 3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW, WDC.

The Corner Spots...

Broad Branch Market: This Chevy Chase favorite (and City Paper's Best Food Market 2014) oozes charm; but I prefer multiple choices over quaintness any day of the week. Their deli is downright disappointing, but I still visit every other month for a loaf of Black Rooster Baltic Rye Bread ($4.99.) 5608 Broad Branch Road, NW, WDC.

Grade: D+

Broad Branch Market

Glen's Garden Market: Test. 2001 S Street, NW, WDC.

Open Door Market: I remember when this was the California Market (I grew up at the St. Nicholas, a mere block away) so I have a ton of fond memories (RC Colas for one.) They've added dry cleaning to the mix, but still couldn't be any nicer. Mostly wine and staple items. 2160 California Place, NW, WDC.

Grade: B

Open Door Market

Stachowski's Market: This tiny market truly does have a little bit o' everything. Boylan sodas, fresh pies, packaged sausages and a full-service butcher shop... What's not to love? They also serve in-house, including Friday Prime Rib (served with a baked potato and a side Caesar salad for $21.95.) 1425 28th Street, NW, WDC.

Grade: B-

Stachowski's Market