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Is Mariano's the best grocery store in Chicago?

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Is Mariano's the best grocery store in Chicago?

mdpilam | Mar 22, 2013 09:10 AM

Just moved here less than 2 months ago, and have done some research and it seems like Mariano's tends to be the best option for groceries. We live in Lincoln Park and tend to do most of our shopping at Trader Joe's, Walmart (shudder) and Market Place because they are all walking distance. We Zipcar'ed to Mariano's once and liked it (definitely better than the other 3), but wanted to see if this is indeed the best option for groceries.

Looking for a place that has a great bakery, deli and butcher and also great produce (though being back in the midwest I'm realizing I'll just have to suck up the seasonal-ness to produce). For reference, we moved (most recently) from DC, where we would drive out to Wegman's, who in my mind has been the best grocery store.

Would also love recommendations for ethnic grocery stores (esp. Mexican), where we can pick up certain spices/produce/meats that you don't typically find in grocery stores. One such item is maracuya (passion fruit) pure fruit juice (no added sugars or water).

PS - please don't say Whole Foods.

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