Rating the Best Supermarkets in Massachusetts
by Eric H., VisitingNewEngland.com
Going to the supermarket can be as annoying as the donkey in Shrek. Running kids, frantic adults, clueless people standing in the middle of the aisles with their shopping carts, cell phone addicts spilling out their meaningless life stories in front of everybody, and checkout people with odd body piercings and perspectives on life can make for a stressful time.
Fortunately, the local grocery stores have really stepped it up in the past several years (save the behavior of customers), creating wide, open indoor spaces, pleasing aesthetics, a better variety of food, and hiring people that most likely don't have police records. This upgrade can take away from some of the annoying "givens" in a market, and ultimately make for a more pleasant supermarket shopping experience.
major chain markets have some exceptional to offer, so you will not
find any overall negative ratings here. They are listed in
of highest quality, however:
-- Roche Brothers offers a clean, attractive layout, highly-sought
after quality specialty name brands and by far, the best hired help of
any of the
supermarkets. They almost always offer a pleasant hello and smile and
even offer to take your groceries to the car -- without being
patronizing. They are truly nice people! Roche Brothers
great variety of Stonewall Kitchen products, locally-made and delicious
When Pigs Fly and Nashoba Bakery breads, New York City style
Finnagle a Bagel bagels and fresh Foley Brothers seafood, to name a
few. It's really a pleasure finding these hard-to-find
supermarket grocery products and being treated nicely.
also enough organic foods (particulary in the produce area) to
construct a healthy eating week.
Big Y has the best
produce, fish and meat sections (no signs
of mold at all in the produce isle), as well as the most attractive
supermarket layout. In the Walpole supermarket location, for
example, a beautiful tile floor and non-intrusive lighting make the
beginning of the journey enjoyable (wonderful bread, deli, seafood and
areas). There's even a
moderate-sized dining area and free child care. Big Y was a
little slow to pick up on the organic foods, but has added quite a few
items, as of late. The meats are absolutely tops -- we
had a t-bone steak that was more tender than most fine restaurants. Big
Y also has neat gimmicks, like at the checkout counter where you can
play a fake slot machine to win discounts on your food.
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