When I want the best ingredients, I go to Whole Foods even though it's expensive. If Wegman's were closer to my home maybe I'd go there because I was very impressed the two times I've been there. Balducci's is better now that it's no longer Sutton's Place. Asian markets are wonderful for veggies, but I can be squeamish about the meat.
Harris Teeter is fine. Safeway, Giant and Magruder's are okay. Any other ideas? I am willing to travel to buy good food. I do Farmer's markets too, my favorite is Dupont Circle. I guess what I'm saying is that my favorite all-around store for great ingredients is Whole Foods.
Any other ideas?