Culinary travel in the West

The very best destinations, trips, and dining experiences for foodies

Top 50 local food shops

For a taste of the top delicacies being made in the West, check out these amazing places--and add a special touch to your table

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Grocers: California
Photo by E. Spencer Toy

Grocers: California

Sacramento | Taylor’s Market. A combo of old-fashioned service (your bags get carried out) with up-to-date sourcing. And its sauerkraut is out of this world: thick cut, crunchy, and with whole spices. Popular local brands: Wintun Ranch grass-fed beef; local legend Pasta Dave’s fresh noodles. 2900 Freeport Blvd.; taylorsmarket.com

San Francisco | Bi-Rite Market (pictured). The grandpappy of this type of store, and prototype for many out-of-state chains and new local stores. A whiz at ice cream—it sells its own brand here. Popular local brands: Chocolate made a block away at Dandelion Chocolate; produce from Bi-Rite’s own Sonoma farm; cheeses from Petaluma’s Andante Dairy. 3639 18th St.; biritemarket.com

San Diego | SOL Bistro & Market. A remodeled historic fire station that’s both bistro and store (so you can shop with a glass of wine in hand). Popular local brands: The MeatMen’s soppressata; chicken and rabbits from Da-Le Ranch. 2855 Perry Rd.; solmarkets.com

 

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