Best Specialty Grocery: Uwajimaya

The people have spoken.

Fujimatsu Moriguchi founded Uwajimaya in 1928 when he began to sell fish cakes out of the back of his truck in Tacoma. After the WWII internment of Japanese citizens, he moved his business up to Seattle. Eventually Uwajimaya became a major tourist location and business hub for people looking for specialty imports you can’t find elsewhere. It is an excellent spot to browse fresh seafood, imported goods, and produce—and don’t forget to check out the ever-changing ground-meat art. 600 Fifth Ave. S., 624-6248

First runner-up: Trader Joe’s

Second runner-up: Central Co-op

Honorable mention: Vegan Haven, Husky Deli

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