Given all the loving comments I've made about the newer Market Basket stores north of Boston (Reading and Chelsea) of late, I thought I'd highlight another option for the frugal quality-oriented shopper: Price Rite, on the west side of the Lynnway just south of Blossom St. This store has been around for a year or two, but I've not been to it before. I've been to the Price Rites in the Rochester area (where it along with Tops acts as a counterpoint to the deservedly fabled Wegmans). They are not typical supermarkets - they are a halfway point between BJs/Costco and regular supermarkets. Things are not laid out in a overly rigorous way (so you will find canned butter beans in more than one aisle, different brands and prices). The store is immaculate, and the staff is friendly. Moreover, practically everyone passing in the aisles says hello to each other (I felt like I was back in college in Virginia) - well it was around 9AM on Saturday morning, not packed at all.
Anyway, they had a lot of Australian free range grass-fed skirt steak for $3/lb, which is a great deal. Skirt and hanger are the two cuts I don't care about select/choice/prime grade as I've not found it relevant to the quality of those cuts (otherwise, I avoid select for steaks; I hope people have noticed how most steak at decent prices these days is select, not choice). Grass fed is chewier, but these are chewy flavorful cuts like this growing up, and I am looking forward to them (I am one of those people who thinks beef filet is best given to the dog).
They have lots of great stuff, great deals: they don't have everything, but do check it out for yourself.
I live in Melrose, so I find the best way to get to that part of Lynn is to cross US1 via Essex Street in Saugus (the exit for Square One Mall), and continue on it to the small rotary at Cliftondale Square, turn left 270 degrees in the rotary, and continue on Lincoln Ave all the way to the Lynn line (passing Kane's Donuts on the way, of course), where Lincoln becomes Boston St. Continue on Boston Street until you hit a Y in the road where Boston tends left and Marion tends right near a vacant lot and industrial building: Marion flows into Federal St along the old GE campus and then Federal leads you to Common St. Take Common St until you hit Blossom St at the Orthodox church - go right on Blossom until you hit the Lynnway, turn right around Wendy's and it's on the right. You can take the Lynnway to Commercial to Common on the return via this route. (I only go through this detail because many people find they get lost in Lynn and it's actually an easy city to get around once you learn the best routes, as is so true for so much of this area.)
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