Best of Houston

Best of Houston® 2020: Best Grocery Store

Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown Market.
Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown Market. Photo by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
Best Grocery Store: Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown Market

Downtown Houston isn’t exactly a food desert, but any glimpse of a grocery store with fresh produce and protein selections might be a mirage if it’s not Phoenicia Specialty Foods on Austin. There are options on the outskirts of the city center – a nearby Heights-area Kroger or Whole Foods and Randall’s in Midtown – but Phoenicia has steadily been the walking distance, full-service market for downtown’s denizens. The store’s upside is more than location, location, location. It’s family-run by folks who made their mark in an era when family-operated specialty grocers ruled Houston’s retail grocery market. Its offerings are upscale enough for serious epicures and the place is homey for regulars who know the store’s staff members by name.

Phoenicia's Downtown Market boasts fresh produce, a butcher shop, an array of prepared foods, a delectable bakery selection and a catering service. It’s also home to MKT Bar, a gastropub featuring international fusion foods, craft beer and wine, and expertly curated music events featuring some of the city’s best-loved musicians. The store and bar make Phoenicia a hub for downtown Houston’s rapidly growing residential ranks.

1001 Austin, Houston

Readers' Choice:
Multiple Locations
KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
The Houston Press is a nationally award-winning, 33-year-old publication ruled by endless curiosity, a certain amount of irreverence, the desire to get to the truth and to point out the absurd as well as the glorious.
Contact: Houston Press