The Davis Food Co-op has won over the hearts and stomachs of Davis’ residents to claim this year’s Best of Davis title for the best place to buy groceries.
The grocery store offers everything from yogurt to yoga mats and has occupied its current G Street location since 1984.
“The food’s really delicious,” said fourth-year mechanical engineering major Dominic Gutierrez. “The Cowboy Cookies are the best. Mind-blowingly delicious.”
That’s the sort of thing the market has to offer: extreme customer satisfaction, especially with students.
“We make an effort to be very student-friendly,” said Julie Cross, the Davis Food Co-op’s marketing and education director. “We accept Aggie Cash and sell individual items of things like single sticks of butter and single eggs that are nice when you’re living in a small household.”
Perhaps even topping taste and convenience as reasons why the DFC is worthy of this title is in the name itself.
“It’s a co-op, so they’re not necessarily there for maximum profit,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of the groceries, like vegetables and stuff, are all locally produced. And then they just hold ethics to a higher standard.”
The two other finalists for best place to buy groceries were Safeway, the 2010 winner, and Trader Joe’s, who held the title in 2012.
— Tanya Azari