Top 10 Supermarkets: Freshest Food, Best Prices, Top Service

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Tony Inacio
Billy is really tired. After a full day of work and the gym, he just wants to go home, eat and lay down. But Marcia called earlier and asked him to stop and grab some diapers and milk? 

Well, Billy-boy, we got your answer.

There are several factors that make a supermarket good or bad. Consumer Reports ranks them according to service, price, cleanliness and quality of produce and meat. Taking those and some other factors like convenience and design into consideration, Short Order scoured the City of Miami to find the best supermarkets out there. Here is what we found.

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10. Presidente Little Havana It only makes sense that one of the largest Hispanic supermarkets in the country took roots right here in Miami. The first Presidente opened on the corner of NE 5th street and Biscayne Boulevard in 1990 and has since expanded to 20 stores with over 1,000 employees. That compares little to Publix's 763 stores in Florida, but somehow Presidente still manages to keep its prices lower than most large chain supermarkets. Perhaps its lack of spending on design and ambiance lends to the cause, but it also lands the supermarket at number 10 on our list.
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9. Costco DoralCostco has it all -- from tomatoes to tires -- and all at rock bottom prices per unit. Per unit because you may have to spend $50 on paper towels, but you get 100 rolls. That makes for great prices on non-perishable items. Unless you're feeding the alligator population in the Everglades, however, it doesn't really make sense to buy six dozen eggs and a five gallon jug of milk. The best day to go is Friday when you can literally get full at sample tables lining the ends of the aisle. The Biscayne Boulevard Costco is more centrally located, but the one in Doral is a lot less crowded and usually just a tad cleaner. it would have landed higher on our list, but the cost of the annual membership is a tad high.
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Kareem Shaker

8. Gordon Food Service Coral Gables What started as a butter-and-egg delivery service over a hundred years ago is now the largest family-owned food distributor in North America. Regular customers love the store's individualistic approach to customer service and its selection of specialty items. Gordon stocks the finest brands in food and manufactures its own line of items at lower prices than your average corner store. Other than its own items, however, we found that GFS charges just a tad bit more for the same brand name items found in Wal-Mart and Publix.

Location Info

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Winn-Dixie

3275 SW 22nd St., Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

Publix

1920 W. Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Wal-Mart

8651 NW 13th Terrace, Doral, FL

Category: General

The Fresh Market

2640 S. Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

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11 comments
kashaker
kashaker

Thank you all for your input and opinions. The idea was to incite passionate responses and intelligent discourse about an everyday topic that is important to all of us. Unfortunately, there may have been some supermarkets left out, but there was only room for 10. There may be a few selections that are disputable, if you like you can e-mail the author with any specific questions on those. Even those who disagree with some of the picks have to admit most of the choices are indisputable. Whether or not the supermarket advertises with us had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with its placement on this list. Thank you all and we hope to hear from everyone as much as possible.

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

That presidente is nasty. I went there for eggs once and almost all of them were 2 weeks passed the expiration date and I have seen dead roaches.

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

You guys gotta check out Aldi on Coral Way, very affordable prices and good quality foods there!

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

The comments on this article are spot on, while the intention is to inform others on shopping experience there needs to be detailed information on how each market ranked and why other supermarkets were not chosen.

Lisa Edmunds
Lisa Edmunds

Looking forward to Trader Joe's. I love Norman Brothers, too, and hoped to see them on the list

eugenebuck69
eugenebuck69

Gee what a coincidence the top 2 supermarkets that this rag names are actually advertisers, no wonder it makes perfect sense, considering that is what they always do for Best of Miami, they always pick best of winners according to the advertisers that spends the most

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

Just wait until Trader Joe's opens in South FL!!!

bvsupperclub
bvsupperclub

Have to agree with the two commenters below, this doesn't seem we'll researched. The ranking seems somewhat arbitrary. Living on the beach I can tell you that the new Publix on Biscayne around 17th and Biscayne is far superior to the "space ship" Publix, in fact it's better than all I've been to. The fact that it doesn't even show up on the list tells me it was probably not visited during your research which doesn't seem very thorough. Also placing Costco in this list is a bit odd considering it's not technically a supermarket. Nothing against the author, but maybe your research wasn't quite rigorous enough to rank. I might suggest showing us a clear criteria and their value (1-10) in an article like this. For example X Publix: Cleanliness: 4 Selection: 6 ... And so forth Maybe also survey people other than going by 1 opinion? Like I said, no offense just seems a bit lax.

WhoWouldCare
WhoWouldCare

What's makes market X less conveniently located than market Y? Doesn't that depend upon where one is starting out? As with so many articles in this column, its standards make little sense or are little obvious. I hope no one who posts articles here is getting paid (not that I really care) but these articles are truly low content value. I kick myself each time I read this column, as reading it reminds me that I must have been pretty bored to have bothered. 

Josh
Josh

Such a poorly research article it is a true shame.  Might as well just look up grocery store in the phone book and pick one at random.  Who in the world would trust anything that is not in can or box from Wynn Dixie?  The fact that Normans, Doris, Gardners, and Laurenzo's weren't mentioned and you listed Presidente makes me wonder what the criteria could have possibly been.  I'm suprised you didn't list 7-11 or Walgreens!  Why even both to write if you are going to put out crap like this?

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