Best Grocery


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It has already been in business six years, but Culinaria still seems as shiny and new as the day it opened its doors at Ninth and Olive streets. And it's just as packed — making it a true rarity for downtown businesses, which have had a mixed track record, to say the least. We suspect the Schnucks-owned shop's success has come in part because it's not just a novelty for office drones, or a place to get takeout at lunch — although it does a huge (and surprisingly efficient) business most weekdays for just that reason. It's also an actual grocery store, with prices that match most of Schnucks' suburban shops and a vast selection of everything from dry-good staples to fresh meats, cheeses and produce. Yes, you might come for the salad bar, but you'd be foolish not to grab a half-pound of asparagus or a pork steak while you're at it. Lucky you. Lucky downtown! 315 North Ninth Street, St. Louis, 63101. 314-436-7694,
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