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Arizona

AJ's differentiates from Whole Foods by focusing less on the "all natural" and organic slant and more on gourmet (expensive), unique, and imported items. they carry a wide variety of brands, and don't focus as much on packaged and frozen foods. The bakery is really fantastic, the seafood and prime beef here can't be beat.

City: Phoenix

Edible flowers for crystallizing, espresso powder for meat rubs, fancy pants mushrooms, high quality chocolate, duck fat, mangosteens outside of an Asian grocer, the works - real gourmet fare. They  have a lot of UK and South Africa things that I simply cannot find anywhere else. Great wine selection and always there to lend a hand. Fresh fruit and veg amazing. Tons of gourmet mustards, olive oils, beautiful produce and a fantastic deli with freshly prepared salads, Mexican food and more. 

City: Phoenix

A combination grocery store, gourmet food shop with an emphasis on food. They have a sushi bar here, FULL deli with lots of premade dishes and plenty of meats, cheeses and breads. The produce is fresh, there's hardly anything that goes out of stock unless it's the day of a holiday, and the selections are great.

City: Phoenix

Very popular gourmet grocery store and bistro. The food offerings are wide and are displayed above the counter/employee area from one end of the store to almost the other. The selection appears to be a mixture of French and Italian. 

City: Phoenix

There are several local produce vendors and even some meat and egg suppliers. However, the real stars of the market are the craft vendors selling locally made products. There are several bakeries selling fresh treats and craftsmen with many different useful and artistic wares. It's a nice open market where local products are sold. You'll see interesting finds, fresh produce, flavored salt, truffles, artisan breads and chocolates.

City: Phoenix

They have all kinds of gourmet meat and chicken available, you can just buy and put on the grill. Their prices are fair. Sprouts stocks so many diverse food choices, including some cultural foods or gluten free foods that may be harder to find in other stores. They have all the healthier options that we need these days and very few of the overly processed foods we should avoid. 

City: Phoenix

Whole Foods has selections for special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, GF, paleo, nut-free, soy-free, no transfat, etc. The list just goes on. They are also big on local and organic and educating the public about genetically modified organisms and the negative effects it has on our health and environment.

City: Phoenix

California

This is a true gourmet "market" ..... Fantastic cheese, meats and the biggest selection of pickled olives in town I believe. This place is a foodie's dream! They have an amazing selection of gourmet fresh and canned goodies. The store is clean and well organized. VISIT SITE

City: Los Angeles
Small-scale whole food store neatly packed. have many things that you would need to start a gourmet meal. The people are friendly and courteous and they have a wide selection of spices. This place is sort of a high end, organic grocery store with a deli counter that serves fancy (ie; $12) sandwiches and side dishes. 
Location
Arts District, Downtown
City: Los Angeles

Awesome little wineshop/liquor store/specialy food/deli. More liquor and choices of chocolate than a person could ask for. Selection of chocolate and imported candies is impressive. Their gift baskets are absolute eye candy. They have every soda and/or alcohol made on this planet so there is no shortage of that. 

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Beverly Grove
City: Los Angeles

 They have best quality products mainly their products, lots of Organic choices and their seafood with unbelievable varieties, also in the meats
section they have the best meats quality no hormones and no antibiotics go for the grass fed meats it's a little bit more expensive it's worth it, you eating best quality meats tender and healthier. The customer service is outstanding. The Wolfgang Puck's deli counter, pizza, rotisserie, and hot bar is terrific. They also have their own dietician.

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Century City
City: Los Angeles

Cool selection of raw milks and cheeses and various other accouterments. delicious bread - baguettes, small loaves of olive, potato, or whole wheat, all tasty and high quality versions of those staples (the fresh bread is great!).

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Echo Park
City: Los Angeles

Tucked in the corner of one of the most bustling farmer's markets on the west coast is a true gem of a restaurant and market, one part upscale specialty food and wine store/deli.This is a nice little gourmet French market. They have a large selection of foods like olive oils, vinegar, mustard, snails! and wine. They have a fresh deli area with cheese meats and an olive bar. There is chocolates and macaroon cookies. They have a variety of plates, and picnic items.

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Fairfax
City: Los Angeles

In addition to selling wine, beer, liquor, cheese and other picnic-worthy gourmet items, this neighborhood market offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas and a variety of breakfast items. It's a unique spot. 1/3 artisan and craft beer/wine market, 1/3 coffee/pastry shop, and 1/3 gourmet kitchen.

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Hollywood Hills
City: Los Angeles

The store  has a nice selection of gourmet foods, olives, cornichons, salami, olive oil, and wine. Tons of cheeses, but also a ton of oils, wines, crackers and meats. The sandwiches are amazing, the cheeses also, as are the various cookies and chocolates and mustards. It's a small store, but it's packed wall to wall with gourmet pantry items, with a well stocked island of meat and cheese in the middle.

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Silver Lake
City: Los Angeles

Cute little cheese shop that also sells sandwiches and other deli type items. The only place we've encountered that carries Cinco Jotas jamon from Spain.Friendly staff, amazing selection of cheese, easy parking. It's a small place, almost like a tiny cheese deli. They also sell different imported chocolates and crackers.

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West Los Angeles
City: Los Angeles

Pricey, yes. But you'll get delicious, unique, flavorful chocolate truffles from the sweetest elderly couple. They have a variety of gourmet flavors, like Mango Wasabi, Pear, Kalamata Olive, Tomato and so much more. Service is "exquisite" and the chocolates are "beyond beautiful" and would make a perfect gift for someone who you have to go above and beyond Godiva for.

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Westlake
City: Los Angeles

This artisan wine and cheese shop features a world-class deli that is absolutely perfect in its simplicity.  At first glance, the sandwiches seem underwhelmingly basic, but that's the beauty of this place.  They do simple sandwiches like nowhere else at a caliber matched by few. 

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Windsor Square
City: Los Angeles

Florida

Since 1983, Marky's has been a leader in gourmet food manufacturing and retail and offeres its customers one of the best delicatessens in the world.  Very unique place to shop for things you cant get in a regular market. Great variety of cheeses, wines, chocolates ,honeys, Russian chocolates and a selection of caviars, wines , foie gras, truffles, seafood, pate etc. Visit Website.

Location
Shorecrest
City: Miami

Illinois

This is more of a specialty grocery store where you come to get unique or international items or food you just can't get anywhere else. Like most uncommon or trendier grocery stores or markets: the prices are definitely not cheap. For the health conscious, there's more organic than you could eat. For gourmets, TI offers weekly cooking classes. 

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DePaul
City: Chicago

The best way for me to describe Mariano's would be Whole Foods  + Safeway combined, they have a glorious dine - in area, plus a very large selection of organic, and non - organic foods. Prices are a bit higher than an average grocery store, but not as much as Whole Foods. Great quality and good prices. Sushi bar, oyster bar, juice bar, and wine bar all inside for you to enjoy while you shop. The service at Mariano's is classy and top notch and their prices for most of the grocery items are fare.

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Greektown
City: Chicago

Recommended for the gourmet food shopper looking for goodies not found in other places. They have a large selection of different meats, cheeses, and salads at the deli counter. They have German beers on tap, sandwiches made with their own sausages and potato pancakes. The vast deli cases offer homemade sausages in a dozen varieties (pork and blueberry breakfast sausage!), a full service butcher, and tons of prepared sides and salads. Upstairs houses condiments, jams, jellies, jars of pickled veggies 

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Lincoln Square
City: Chicago

This is such an adorable shop with a great selection of wines, cheeses, and specialty items. The staff is always friendly and go out of their way to make sure you're making a selection you'll be happy with. Provenance is a cute shop that showcases wonderful artisan food stuffs as well as locally produced specialty items.

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Lincoln Square, Ravenswood
City: Chicago

 Great finds for your kitchen and your Epicurean taste buds. They offer all kinds of cooking classes (both demonstration and hands-on).  While the prices can be a bit steep the quality is well worth it in most cases I've found. The staff is also incredibly helpful. 

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Lincoln Square, Ravenswood
City: Chicago

 Multiple stations offer variety of food, rare wine and beer. Real treasure for gourmet groceries.They have a bookstore; home goods; and groceries.You will find find an espresso/coffee shop, gelato shop, nutella shop, Panini/sandwich shop, fudge shop, as well as other books, cooking items, Tupperware. A gourmet shoppers heaven. 

Location
Near North Sid
City: Chicago

 This place is so good, healthy food, salads, soups, hot foods fresh everyday, there will always be something that you fancy!! It's pricy but all based on weight so it's manageable...This place is so good, healthy food, salads, soups, hot foods fresh everyday, there will always be something that you fancy!! It's pricy but all based on weight so it's manageable...

Location
Near North Side, Streeterville
City: Chicago

 Local and fresh produce, a great drink selection, and available healthy meals on the go. They have options for vegans, veggies, and carnivores alike. Local and organic items range from spices, wine, beer, spirits, veggie/fruits, meats and cheeses.

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Near West Side, Noble Square,
City: Chicago

Mariano's fresh market is the place you want to be if you want to shop and eat at a fancy gourme/grocery store. Mariano's is an excellent grocery store, lots of fresh and organic produce, has some international products (albeit one isle per region), all at a reasonable price. The fruits and veg are fresh and separated by organic and non organic. There is a great selection of cheeses which is near the sushi bar.

Location
The Loop
City: Chicago

Goddess and the Grocer is like a renaissance man of food stores.  From take out to gourmet gift baskets this place offers a ton! They have a passion for their food -- not only flavor, but quality.The groceries are varied beginning with dry groceries near the door all the way to prepared foods, dairy/beverages, wine and beer, and desserts near the back of the store, 

Location
West Town, Wicker Park
City: Chicago

Massachusetts

Nice place to find groceries of every kind and from all over the world ! Great variety of fresh food and gourmet sauces and cheeses and much more! Deluca's is essentially a passport of different flavors... they have Kinder Bueno chocolates, wasabi edamames, fancy cheese, etc. Very expensive, often 50% higher than whole foods!

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Beacon Hill
City: Boston

This little specialty grocer is stocked with wine, olive oil, cheeses, meats, chocolates, and delicious goodies from Europe. The shop also has an amazing cheese & wine selection. The tea selection is gigantic, and they have the best olive oil.

Location
Cambridge
City: Boston

It's a mix of a Middle Eastern market & liquor store. The selection, including some African products is pretty amazing and varied. They had all sorts of foods, spices and other selections.

Cool little food/  gourmet/ convenience store.   Imported foods that are hand selected by the owner, "Mo" -- who is so friendly and will let you taste the newest finds..... sometimes brownies and other sweets.... sometimes a new middle eastern dip that is unique to his store.... just lots of stuff. Also pedestrian things like Sprite, milk, etc. They've got great foods from England, Ireland, other Middle Eastern countries, great feta cheese from France and Bulgaria, yogurt from Greece, Armenian breads ... the list goes on and on.

Location
Newton
City: Boston

Great cheese selection here, with both interesting European selections and local ones.Cutest little gourmet deli shop in South End for all your artisan cheese, fancy spices, and wine/beer needs! This place is a cheese lover's heaven!

Location
South End
City: Boston

Very small store. Cool varied selection. Lots of international brands from France, Italy,United Kingdom. Switzerland and a few Brazilian. Gourmet chocolates & import tasty treats! This place is pretty pricey at around $7 per chocolate bar but it's interesting to try various brands from all over the world. All the classic European faves like Kinder and Cadbury (the real deal) along with an awesome selection of rare finds!!! Not to mention their incredible caviar and tea selections!

Location
Westin Copley
City: Boston

New York

 Despaña is a gourmet boutique dedicated to authentic flavors from Spain. Despaña specializes in offering you quality gourmet food products imported exclusively from Spain. Their shelves are stocked with olive oils, vinegars, vegetables, fruit preserves and almond sweets. At their cheese counter you can taste and select from a variety of 50 or more specialty cheeses.  VISIT SITE

Location
b/t Centre St & Lafayette St in SoHo
City: New York

A purveyor of fresh produce, seafood, meat, cheese and charcuterie, prepared side and main dishes, soups, fresh baked breads, desserts, pastries and imported or specialty canned spices, jams, pasta and coffees. Rich chocolates, artesian breads, international teas, exotic flowers, succulent fruit, specialty coffee & spices. Obscure condiments, organic sugars. Hand cut meats & European cheese.

Location
b/t Prince St & Spring St SoHo
City: New York

Best place in the slope to pick up cured meats and cheese from Europe at reasonable prices. Lots of British snacks and candies, freshly baked bread, and a splendid selection of charcuterie and cheese.They have so much to offer when it comes to cured meats, cheeses, fancy chocolates, coffees, olives and baked goods.Various unique and foreign delicacies offered in a cozy little shop.

Location
Brooklyn
City: New York
It is a grocery store - gourmet famous for their gresh creative sandwiches..  Order one of their mouth-watering sandwiches at the counter and they will deliver it to your seat in their dining area next door.  All sandwiches are under $12 and are freshly made.
Location
Brooklyn
City: New York

Not a complete gourmet store by any means, it's surprising the variety of things they have there tucked in the corners that one may need in order  to rescue a meal at the last minute. As far as the grocery selection, it's pretty good. They have a lot of stuff you wouldn't expect your corner deli to have. But the best part is how nice everyone is.

Location
Brooklyn
City: New York

The worst part about this trader joes is that there is no parking. Other than that, it's a one stop shop for food items. They have a wide array of delicious and healthy food items. The prices are cheaper than whole foods and the customer service is always impressive.You can find most of the day to day things that you need here, from cooking ingredients, frozen aperitif, nibbles, breakfast meals, fresh flowers and orchids, veggies and fruits.

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Brooklyn
City: New York

Nice selection of gourmet foods and groceries with shorter lines than the nearby Whole Foods. Garden of Eden has their own brand of hummus and dips; they are good! The selection of gourmet and organics foods are a but pricey. Garden of Eden has an amazing selection of produce, prepared foods, and some dry goods staples.  The cheese selection is to die for and arguably way better than Whole Foods.

Location
Chelsea
City: New York

They have gourmet groceries, prepared meals, olive oil tastings (and other samples), and fresh produce.The meat and fish counters have great quality stuff - and you can get all sorts of hard to find produce.They have a huge selection of foods at every price point. On the pricier side of supermarkets, but what else do you expect with a store filled with local, natural, organic, and supposedly higher quality foods?

Location
Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill
City: New York

Grocery-wise there is no place that could beat the wild olive. It's filled with organic food, as well as some Asian sauces that are useful when you want some quick dishes. They do have a great offering of organic and specialty items. Fresh produce: small but decent selection of boxed organic salad greens, interesting seasonal greens like amaranth or turnip greens, herbs and basic vegetables with occasional treats like fresh chickpeas. Also fresh chiles and lemon grass, which are hard to find in the hood

Location
East Harlem
City: New York
Nothing else like it - anywhere. Best grocery store/gourmet market/health store. Awesome butchers, fish monger and produce. Amazing craft beer selection. Everything is fresh and organic. The fruits and veggies were raw looking as they should when something is picked from the earth, not shined up and proper. Loved the organic feel of it all. They have a room specially for olive oil, a room for coffee and a huge selection of cheese. 
Location
Red Hook
City: New York

Literally anything you could want from a grocery store, unexpectedly in the Bronx. 50 kinds of beer? 100 kinds of cheese? A dozen types of vegan/vegetarian meat substitute? Ethnic and global cuisine, all types of pastas, artisanal and specialty items, olive bar, pre made dishes as good as Zabar's or Fairway. The prepared food section is fantastic.

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Riverdale
City: New York

There are a countless number of vegan and gluten free options. It's your usual Whole Foods: stunning selection, fresh produce, hot prepared food section, high prices. It's your usual Whole Foods: stunning selection, fresh produce, hot prepared food section, high prices. The cheese selection, it's massive. 

Location
TriBeCa
City: New York

A "true gourmet grocery store." In fact, it feels like the quintessential gourmet grocery store, born and bred in NYC. Great place to come for some prepared food, fish and/or couple select gourmet ingredients.  I wouldn't plan on doing a large grocery shopping here though.

Location
Upper East Side
City: New York

This is a beautiful gourmet grocery store that has recently upgraded and expanded their cafe, even adding outdoor seating. They essentially have everything you could possibly need to cook up that feast you've been planning. Agata & Valentina seriously has everything you could possibly imagine -  fresh vegetables and fruits, incredible cheese stand, entire butcher department, fish department, dessert department, fresh pasta .....   who can ask for anything more?  This place is a food lovers dream.

Location
Yorkville, Upper East Side
City: New York

Pennsylvania

Go here for raw milk, local greens, and coffee. Green Aisle offers locally sourced foodstuffs, organics, fine foods. This is a place where when you walk in and feel like you're getting a glimpse of our region's fertility...everything from vegetables grown in our soil, bread out of neighbor's ovens, and jerky from our piggies' bellies.

City: Philadelphia

Really cute, very very small shop. Well stocked with lots of locally made and store made specialty items. There are a lot of interesting things, like artisan drink mixes.You can you get all the trimmings from your favorite spots around the city and suburbs? We're talking creamy hummus from Zahav and those gorgeous meringues from Fond, locally farmed meats, produce and cheese, Severino pasta and Market Day Canelé, to name a few. 

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Downtown
City: Philadelphia

If you love fancy oils, vinegars and salts and you have not yet been to Cardenas, what are you waiting for?! This local biz has jugs upon jugs of delicious oils and vinegars, plus a wall of various types of salt. You can taste anything in the store, and the folks who run the place are super knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

Location
Italian Market, Bella Vista
City: Philadelphia

They have an incredible selection of food, drinks, snacks, and different household items. Great variety of food and snacks! Highly recommended to those having a party and needs some stuff (soda, snack) at the last moment! They also have some fresh sandwiches and wraps they actually can make them at your order with ingredients you want!

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Logan Square
City: Philadelphia

Solid whole foods deli with kind (non-pretentious) hipster service.  Lots of gourmet / healthy snack options -- like bacon chocolate covered almonds or homemade granola.Cute little market with a great mix of healthy snack items, deli, salad bar, etc. Given its size, the selection isn't great so keep that in mind when stopping by.

Location
Market East
City: Philadelphia

A good selection of gourmet and international grocery products, a small produce section and a deli. 

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Mount Airy, Germantown
City: Philadelphia

They have everything from pantry staples, snacks like chips and candy, magazines, drinks galore, a deli counter, and frozen foods ( Ben & Jerry's!). A bit pricey but you will find everything you need here. 

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Old City
City: Philadelphia

The store is very clean and has a great selection of groceries as well as sandwiches and prepared foods. This is a great place to eat vegetarian sandwiches! Never busy, but they are always smiling in there. They have La Colombe coffee, a number of hard to find grocery items (like Wink ice cream!), lots of healthy snacks, and even produce

Location
Queen Village
City: Philadelphia

Food & Friends is simply the best if you're looking for craft beer or hard-to-find chocolate.  Their selection is great, their staff is friendly, and it's always well-stocked.  As you might expect, their prices are a bit steep, but that's to be expected. The shop also doubles as a small grocery store, stocking many gourmet items, which certainly makes it very convenient for those living nearby.

Location
Rittenhouse Square
City: Philadelphia

Great gourmet grocery store with all the amenities right in the heart of downtown Philly. Great, spacious gourmet market in Center City.  They carry it all, elaborate, fancy cheeses and meats for charcuterie, fresh veggies and fruits, and an extensive pastry and breads assortment accompanied by a coffee bar.This location has full fish, meat, and cheese counters in addition to a bakery, plus all of the typical gourmet/hard-to-find prepared products that makes DiBruno Bros great. 

Location
Rittenhouse Square
City: Philadelphia
 
This is a fantastic little shop that has one of the best beer selections to be found in all of center city! The shop also doubles as a small grocery store, stocking many gourmet items. In general this place tends to be fairly health conscious in its grocery offerings, with a healthy smattering of Asian snack/food/drink offerings as well.
Location
Rittenhouse Square
City: Philadelphia

Clean , friendly , great selection of prepared foods , cheese , ice cream , healthy and indulgent munchies , and the best hoagies in town. They appear to have everything: drinks, frozen items, cleaning products, snacks, gourmet foods, fruit, vegetables, baked goods and a full deli of Boars Head products.

Location
Rittenhouse Square
City: Philadelphia

Full service deli, produce, cold drinks, snacks, home products, candy, coffee, and seating. This place is like Whole Foods with more asian stuff, frozen dumplings and chinese ice cream too! Also a great Italian section, organic and special pasta (what corner store carries organic farfalle??) and bottled gourmet tomato sauce ALSO every kind of canned tomato style- whole, peeled, crushed, diced, you name it! 

Location
Roxborough, Manayunk
City: Philadelphia

Texas

There are two stories for you to peruse with all sorts of gourmet and international food and drink.The market is great. Such a variety of food items.Need spices? Herbs? Bulk items? Produce? Kitchen gadgets?  European and Mediterranean candies?  Prepared foods? Baked goodies? Or any other culinary delight? Yes, this place has it all. Their deli is awesome for carry out food to take home or to take for a picnic. Great beer selection too.

Location
Downtown
City: Houston

It is a big gourmet grocery store and you just have to go there. The produce is gorgeous, the meat and seafood selections are excellent and employees are always helpful There is so much to love here, from beautiful and hard-to-find produce items, to meats to seafood to prepared foods to dip buffets to made-to-order sandwiches to the most fashionable grocery store sushi to gorgeous flowers.

Location
Highland Village
City: Houston

Trader Joe's is a healthy food store as in you can find your gluten free, low carb, low salt kind of stuff, but their junk food is awesome as well. "Whole", "natural", and "organic" foods are the buzz words. 

Location
Memorial
City: Houston

Whole foods is our go to place for groceries. From the clean friendly environment to the healthy food they offer, whole foods is the place to go! Everything is fresh. They have excellent salad bars and the staff is always very friendly. 

Location
Montrose
City: Houston

They at least bring a lot of gourmet food you can't find at most places and bring them together in one location. Highly recommended for a fresh and healthy meal! Sandwiches are really good and fresh.

Location
The Heights
City: Houston

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