Before you tackle your grocery shopping, why not have a legit sit-down meal—right in the store.

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Photo Courtesy Cantoro Italian Market
| Credit: Photo Courtesy Cantoro Italian Market

Whole Foods 

Wynnewood, PA: Table & Tavern, the latest Whole Foods eatery (they've got 150) and one of the most upscale, serves its fare in an airy space that makes you forget all about the long checkout line. The grilled salmon over charred romaine ($19) or classic double cheeseburger ($11) will fuel you for a trip through the 50,000-square-foot store 

Cantoro Italian Market 

Plymouth, MI: The grocery-and-trattoria combo is popular in Italy, and it turns out the concept works in suburban Detroit, too. Diners can order salmon carpaccio ($19) or the kicked-up tagliatelle alla Bolognese ($18) with veal, pork and pancetta. The market even hosts weddings. 

Little Lago 

Seattle: Head to the store to stock up on high-end ingredients, like black walnuts and imported EVOO and cheese, and stay for a glass of local wine, beer or cider and lick-your-fingers good baby back ribs ($17) or wood-fired meatball pizza ($13) served at the attached 16-seat eatery.


Various Locations, Chicago: It's hard to choose which restaurant to hit at these markets: There are more than 170 eateries in 40 stores with specialties including pizza, beer and more. Our ideal food crawl might start at Nob's Wine Bar for a $5 mimosa. After that, we'd visit Oyster Bar a few blocks away and slurp back some bivalves ($2.49 apiece), and to finish: Todd's BBQ's hickory smoked brisket sandwich ($9).