'Wegmans' on Serious Eats

Last Week's Poll Results: Favorite Grocery Stores

[Flickr: Comp4Me] Here are the results to last week's poll: What's Your Favorite Grocery Store? » Trader Joe's 33% Wegmans 23% Whole Foods 18% Publix 8% Central Market 8% Safeway 5% Fairway 4% Giant 2 % Fred Meyer 2% Stew Leonard's 2% It was a controversial topic but Trader Joe (or Jose, Ming, Giotto, Johann, or Joe-San, depending on the product) wins it! Honorable mentions go out to all the markets we couldn't squeeze into the poll, including: New Seasons, Copps, C-Town, Piggly Wiggly, Market Basket, Hannaford, Nugget, Cub Foods, Harris Teeter, H-Mart, Byerly's, Dierbergs, Buehler's, and Henry's.... More

Hot Dog Of The Week: Zweigle's

[Photographs and original artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Cincinnati Cheese Coney24th & Passyunk TruckTexas TommyPhilly Dirty Water DogChicago Dog One of the best things about writing this column has been the realization that a hot dog is not just a hot dog. While many of us grew up eating poor-quality dogs as a cheap, easy alternative to real cooking, if you start poking around, you'll find an amazing range of toppings and franks themselves. During a recent trip to beloved Wegmans outside of Philadelphia, my jaw almost hit the floor when I saw all the hot dog options: four or five different premium, regional frankfurter brands placed rightfully over the mediocre, chock-full-of-mechanically-separated-chicken national brands. Sabrett's and Thumann's from... More

Does Your Grocery Store Have You Crying Tears of Joy?

Not the Wegmans in question, but probably just as awesome nonetheless. In some ways, I can totally relate to this woman. Because, even though I've only been exposed to Wegmans a couple dozen times—and all very briefly—I love the place. One of my sons said, “Mom, are you really crying about this?” My daughter buried her head. I knew that (1) I was a complete loser, (2) I will forever love everything that reminds me of my hometown, and (3) I will always have a thing for Wegmans. My fellow flat-A-accented upstate friends understood: Something we all grew up with had moved in next door and now was everyone’s. Wegmans is a chain of grocery stores that started in... More

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