Best Grocery Store - 2006
Readers' Choice: Central Market
Central Market is the cure for the common grocery store. Exotic produce, gourmet microbrews, healthy snacks, bubble bath and sweet-smelling soaps, case upon case of tender cuts of meat, freshly baked bread, prepared foods and towering bulk bins vie for patrons' attention in this gourmand's paradise. You'll never again be able to say you don't know where to find truffle oil or a rare spice. Central Market has it, and the in-store foodies, who specialize in wine or cheese or coffee or vitamins and so on, will help you find what you're looking for among the constantly restocked and cleaned aisles. Daily cooking classes on the upper floor of this giant culinary heaven teach old and new chefs how to use knives, prepare sushi or decorate cakes. Even if you don't like to cook, the shelves teem with prepared snacks and meals ranging from new and unique morsels to favorite comfort foods. Best of all, quality store brands such as Central Market Organics and those of parent-company H-E-B mean you can fill your stomach without paying an arm and a leg.