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Best Independent Grocery 

Harvestime Foods

The city's fortunate to be home to a galaxy of independent groceries, many of them catering to specific ethnic groups. More rare is the outlet that can successfully target the wildly diverse demographics of neighborhoods like Lincoln Square. At Harvestime Foods, older Greek and Latino residents shop side by side with newer eastern Europeans and soldiers in the young, white stroller mafia. Harvestime stocks hard-to-find Greek imports like maras and isot pepper, honey, and house-made loukaniko sausage—and those items share shelf space with higher-end specialty products like local Amish chickens, duck bacon, cage-free eggs, Swedish yogurt, Polish mineral water, and a complete collection of German Ritter Sport chocolate bars, as well as some of the brightest, freshest, occasionally local produce on the north side.

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