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Best Grocery Store (2012)
570 Munras Ave., Monterey, 372-2010
1170 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, 656-0180
A common word in online reviews of T.J.’s is “love.” Customers love the products, the employees and the stores in Pacific Grove and downtown Monterey. A T.J.’s adventure starts by dodging pedestrians and jockeying for a parking spot and, if you bring your own bags, ends in a raffle ticket for grocery credit. Serving up samples, stocking shelves and always ready to help, employees will take the time to help you find those specials featured in that “Fearless Flyer.” T.J.’s brand items like the Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle Flatbread ($4.69) and the Lobster Ravioli ($3.69) are tasty, cost effective, and another reason shoppers love them some T.J.’s.