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Best Grocery Store

HanAhReum Asian Mart

John Ellsberry

800 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, (443) 612-9020,

Posted 9/19/2007

At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking H-Mart (as most people know it) is just another suburban supermarket--which would be true, if you were thinking the suburbs of Seoul or Tokyo. Inside lies aisle after aisle of eye-popping, brain-melting edible wonderment, from the familiar to the baffling. The sheer range, quality, and affordability of the produce and seafood aside, where else are you going to quench your inner lust for a half-dozen phallic-looking geoducks, large bags of freshly severed snapper heads, live eels, or some stinkily delicious durian fruit while eating a sweat-inducing Korean hotpot and watching a phalanx of saffron-robed Buddhist monks haggling over the price of mangoes?

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Other Awards for Best Grocery Store:

Super Fresh, 9/20/2006

Trader Joe’s, 9/21/2005

Santoni’s Super Market, 9/22/2004

Whole Foods Market, 9/18/2002

Trader Joe's, 9/19/2001

All Awards for HanAhReum Asian Mart:

Best Asian Grocery Store, 9/21/2005

Best Ethnic Grocery Store, 9/22/2004

Best Asian Grocery Store, 9/17/2003

Best East Asian Grocery, 9/18/2002

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