I visited Sacramento and Davis a couple weekends ago, and made a stop at one of the Nugget Markets in Davis. It made me realize that the Bay Area grocery shopping scene is missing something.
What I liked about Nugget is that it's big and inviting, and seems to be pretty high quality but at the same time would work great for everyday shopping, not pretentious or overly "politically-correct" like Whole Foods and Andronico's. Here in the Bay Area, if you want that kind of quality, WF and Andronico's are your main choices, but both are clearly geared towards a different market (the rich? the organic/health-food police? those who are entertaining guests? People who would pay $9 for a bag of salted caramels?). The alternative is the lower tier of depressing old Luckys and Safeways.
Does anyone else agree that places like Nugget represent something missing in the Bay Area? If so, is there a reason for this? Or can anyone name a local store that's a legitimate Nugget equivalent?