Best Neighborhood Market» Grove Market
The chefs and restaurateurs who frequent Grove Market mid-mornings to stock
up on produce, or meat or sundries sometimes think of it as a specialty store.
And why wouldn’t they? The produce is overwhelmingly local, the meat is trimmed and cut to order and the supplies of the ice, or corn starch or cleaning supplies seem like they were stocked just for their needs. That’s the same sense that lends satisfaction to Weekly readers who make Grove Market their choice as best neighborhood shopping destination. You need it, they’ve got it. As a bonus, the goods are delivered in an environment peopled by friendly help, inhabited by chatty neighbors and wrapped up in a small-town, throwback Mayberry vibe.
Best Butcher Shop» Grove Market
Grove Market is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. The surfers love the vibe, the little old ladies love the service, the hippies love the veggies, the squares love the New York Times, the politicos love the patrons and everybody loves the butcher shop. “Love of Meat,” of course, is the title of the 1969 tribute from the famed satirist Nils Erickson. There once was a man from Nantucket who loved the butchery at Grove Market. The filets trimmed by hand!
The wieners and lamb! The appeal was too much—he couldn’t buck it.
242 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 375-9581