Readers’ Choice 2021: Specialty/Gourmet Market

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“Creating Community Through Food” continues to be the lifelong pursuit of Bi-Rite, a San Francisco fixture for 80 years. Those years have been loaded with growth and changes, while never losing sight that serving the community is first and foremost. Bi-Rite features farm-direct foods that are freshly cooked and served with the hospitality of a restaurant. Entering their markets, it’s clear that they walk their talk — lead with love, pursue with passion and act with integrity. Complete with a renowned creamery.



Rockridge Market Hall

(510) 250-6000

Missing the days of traveling and shopping in European markets, with sidewalk cafés and all types of specialty shops? You need look no further than Rockridge Market Hall, conveniently located next to Oakland’s Rockridge BART station. One-stop shopping with gourmet shops including a bakery, coffee roaster, fish market, butcher, specialty and cheese shop (which has a truffle club), and wine. Enjoy a fun afternoon of food shopping for an outstanding meal. Lots of great gourmet menu items to satisfy any taste, as well as Jewish holiday meals.



Draeger’s Market


There are tons of reasons that Draeger’s is as popular as it is with J. readers. It’s a truly incredible market, with variety and freshness at every turn. Specializing in gourmet fare, Draeger’s has three stores on the Peninsula and another in Danville. The stores offer more than 300 cheeses and 2,500 wines, specialty gift baskets, gourmet holiday fare, plus a bakery, cookware and online cooking classes, and a restaurant in the San Mateo store. We doubt that you’ll find many markets in the whole country that can rival these.





Ever wonder why the sales people at Nugget are so helpful and happy? In 2021 it was selected as one of Fortune’s “100 best companies to work for.” Happy employees make for a great place to shop! Looking for a particularly rare ingredient for that new recipe? Check out your local Nugget Market, with many hard-to-find items in addition to a wide selection of organic and conventional goods. The fresh-to-market beef and chicken are top shelf and reasonably priced, and the specialty cheeses are certain to delight the most discriminating palate.

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