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Best Bakery

El Bolillo

The majestic El Bolillo location on Wayside Drive eliminates the parking lot hassles of the busier spot on Airline Drive, leaving you more time to peruse the pastry cases full of every pan dulce imaginable: churros, fresh-from-the-griddle tortillas, crumbly cinnamon-laced ojarrascas and, of course, all the hot little bolillos you desire.

Multiple locations, elbolillo.com

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Best Butcher

B&W Meat Company

The meat that’s cut to order here represents every culture of the Gulf Coast: Oxtails and fajitas are ready for cooking, along with rarely seen meats such as turtle, frogs’ legs and alligator. Game sausages are smoked in-house, and for special occasions, you can’t beat the turducken and crawfish pie.

4801 N. Shepherd Dr., bwmeatcompany.com

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Best Local Farm

Plant It Forward

It doesn’t get more local than this network of four urban farms, which not only provide the city with hyper-fresh produce but help economically disadvantaged refugees earn a living wage. Buy from any location during farm stand hours or from five area farmers markets, or head to Oxheart, benjy’s, Dish Society or Coltivare, all of which use PIF’s fresh fruits and veggies.

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Best Grocery Store Corridor

Blalock between I-10 and Campbell

Four of our favorite grocery stores, international and otherwise, line this lucky stretch of Spring Branch. Below, where to go and what to look for. 

Teloloapan

9480 Long Point Rd. supermercadosteloloapan.com

What you'll find there: marinated fajitas, fresh tortillas, pan dulces, in-house taqueria

Polonia Restaurant

1780 Blalock Rd., poloniarestaurant.com

What you'll find there: house-cured kabanosy, ample varieties of pierogi, more pickled products than you can imagine

99 Ranch Market

1005 Blalock Rd., 99ranch.com

What you'll find there: vast seafood section, the city’s best Vietnamese crawfish, Chinese pastries

Super H Mart

1302 Blalock Rd., hmart.com

What you'll find there: massive Korean food court, killer produce, amazing kimchi selection

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