Best Takeout Counter (Grocery Division) - 2007
Whole Foods Market
So you're having a dinner party. During past forays into entertaining, your sole consideration was whether your guests preferred sausage or pepperoni. Drink options? PBR and Busch if they were lucky. But your relationship with the pizza-delivery guy has become strained recently, and the cheap beers just aren't going down as easily as they used to. You want to treat your friends to a real dinner, with courses and everything. Good thing there's a Whole Foods Market in town: The takeout counter at this grocery offers the gourmet goods you're seeking. From seasonal salads (the stacked tomato-mozzarella-basil was high on our list this summer) to moist and rich cream-cheese brownies for dessert, your guests will be pleasantly surprised. Plus, there are plenty of vegetarian options, main-dish items and soups. It'll be a snap to assemble the makings of a dinner party that's grown-up and oh-so-tasty.