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Ten Reasons Lucky's Market Is the Best Grocery Store in South Florida

Ten Reasons Lucky's Market Is the Best Grocery Store in South Florida
Photo by Trinh Vo
Lucky's Market recently opened another Florida location. The Oakland Park store is the third Lucky's in Broward, joining Coral Springs and Plantation as the cities lucky (pun intended) enough to host South Florida's newest affordable outside-the-box organic grocery chain.

The key to Lucky's success might be the fact that it was founded by chefs. Trish and Bo Sharon opened the first store in 2003 after growing tired of shopping at multiple places to find all the foods they wanted at fair prices.

The Boulder, Colorado-based chain's motto is "Good food shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be a right." So the stores stock items free of pesticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones while mixing in some treats such as candy and beer.

That combination of good food and good prices, coupled with a touch of whimsy, is what makes Lucky's an unbeatable shopping experience. It's a bold statement, but here are the ten reasons why Lucky's Market is the best grocer in South Florida:
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Photo by Trinh Vo
1. The bar. Let's get right to the good stuff: There is a bar inside every Lucky's — not separated by a wall over on the side like a hush-hush Publix liquor store, but right there inside the market, inviting you to have a taste of hoppy goodness or a glass of wine before you embark on the stressful chore of choosing what food to put in your face.
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Photo by Trinh Vo
2. The produce department. If you think this picture is colorful, the fruit and vegetable department is even better in person. The colors pop, and the produce actually smells like a place you go to buy food to feed your family instead of a hospital. Fruits and vegetables are as natural as they get, and at Lucky's, you're reminded that's the case.
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Photo by Trinh Vo
3. A deli that offers more than chicken. Aren't you sick of the same sandwiches and rotisserie chickens you've been eating for dinner? Honestly, some other grocery store chains haven't changed their deli offerings in a decade-plus. Lucky's has an assortment of main dishes and sides that — this is going to sound crazy — you actually want to eat.
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Photo by Trinh Vo
4. The candy shop. If everyone loves candy, why is it tucked away in most grocery stores next to the prune juice and soy sauce? Candy deserves better, and Lucky's Market is fighting the good fight when it comes to candy rights. Here, candy isn't an afterthought; it's the only thought when you come across the sugar and chocolate setup that would make even Willy Wonka do a double-take. You're not pinned down to the same eight-ounce bag as everyone else either. Do you want four ounces of gummy bears and seven peanut butter cups for the ride home? You can have those, and nobody will even know if you dispose of the bag properly. It's a perfect crime.
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Photo by Trinh Vo
5. The salad bar. Sure, Lucky's didn't invent the salad bar, but having a quality salad bar smack-dab in the middle of its deli as an alternative lunch option is quite the perk. You can make a fresh salad here, or you can buy a premade, Lunchables-looking salad elsewhere. It isn't a tough choice.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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