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Gambit readers indicate Sam’s Club has consistently competitive gas prices and four locations in the metro area. The service is no frills and DIY, but the prices will save you money. 2. Discount Zone (Citywide; www.discountzone.org) 3. Brothers (Citywide; www.brothersfoodmart.com)

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Best Garden Store

Perino’s Garden Center (3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888; www.perinos. com) — This Metairie garden center got a green thumbs up from Gambit readers again this year, perhaps because its spacious facility has lots of room for displaying all kinds of flora — and all the fertilizer, potting soil and outdoor accoutrements you need or want. It also has a vast array of nature-inspired gifts. 2. Harold’s Indoor Outdoor Plants (1135 Press

Best Place to Buy Wine

Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; 3500 Magazine St., 899-7411; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; www.martinwine.com) — Oenophiles and those who occasionally like to sip a little vino both can find the wine they want (at prices they can afford) with the help of an expert staff that really known its vintages. That’s a good thing, because the choices are vast, whether you’re looking to fuel a party of experts or find a reasonably priced label for dinner. The Metairie location also stocks a range of wine accoutrements, gourmet cheeses and other foods. 2. Dorignac’s (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com) 3. Rouses (Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com)

Best Liquor Store

Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; 3500 Magazine St., 899-7411; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A-1, Mandeville, 985-9518081; www.martinwine. com) — It doesn’t say it in its name, but Martin Wine Cellar features a wide array of spirits and beer as well as more than 1,000 in-stock wines at the Metairie location and hundreds at the other stores. The store’s staff can help you sort through the varieties of brands to ensure you get the taste you want at a fair price.

2. Dorignac’s (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com) 3. Elio’s Wine Warehouse (6205 S. Miro St., 8661852; www.elioswinewarehouse.com)

Best New Orleans Neighborhood Grocery

Langenstein’s (800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; 1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; www. langensteins.com) — Langenstein’s belongs to the exalted firmament of one-name New Orleans institutions — McKenzie’s, K&B, Schwegmann’s — but fortunately for us, this grocery store is still dere. Weekly specials like seafood gumbo, crawfish bisque and red beans made from family recipes, and a unique selection of gourmet items have made Langenstein’s a mainstay since 1922. 2. Zara’s (2042 Prytania St., 523-3658; 4838 Prytania St., 895-0581) 3. Robert Fresh Market (8115 S. Claiborne Ave., 488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.com)

Best Jefferson Neighborhood Grocery

Dorignac’s (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216; www. dorignacs.com) — It’s a true neighborhood store where generations of families have shopped (it’s been open since 1947), and you often hear store employees call customers by name like they’re talking to neighbors. Beyond the familiar, Dorignac’s has a large wine, beer and liquor section and prides itself on low prices for adult beverages. The meat and deli departments also have a following and will customize orders. 2. Langenstein’s (800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.com) 3. Breaux Mart (3705 Hessmer Ave., 885-9022; www.breauxmart.com)

Best Northshore Neighborhood Grocery

Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket (125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, 985-893-7554

or 985-893-0593; www. acquistapace.com) — Long known for its great selection and prices — as well as staff expertise — on wines and liquors, Acquistapace also offers a full range of grocery items and boasts it has the lowest everyday meat prices in St. Tammany Parish. It’s deli turns out a variety of party trays, and just try to leave the store without picking up some of the sumptuous cooked ribs. 2. Fresh Market (1816 Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-4105; www.thefreshmarket.com) 3. Saia’s (2225 Florida St., Mandeville, 985-626-9724)

Best Supermarket

Rouses (Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com) — Since its founding in Houma in 1960, Rouses has lived by the motto: buy the best in Louisiana and bring the best to Louisiana, something that’s irresistible to New Orleanians. Rouses boasts a large produce department with some of the freshes produce around (before there was a store, the Rouse family operated a produce

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company). We suspect, though, that an almost equal draw is the walk-in beer cooler stocked with a vast array of imported and domestic labels — all chilled and ready for an impromptu party. 2. Whole Foods Market (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 8999119; www.wholefoods.com) 3. Winn-Dixie (Citywide; www.winndixie.com)

Best Farmers Market

Crescent City Farmers Market on Tuesdays (200 Broadway St.; www. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) — The Crescent City Farmers Market in Uptown Square on Tuesdays makes for one of the best lunch breaks in the city. The market features a weekly Green Plate Special, a fresh plate lunch cooked by a local page 89

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Villere’s Flowers (750 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 833-3716; www.-villeresflowers. com) — This locally owned florist has been soothing hurt feelings and racking up big points for thoughtful lovers since 1969. Whether you need to say “I’m sorry” with a dozen red roses or spread a little unexpected joy with a mixed bouquet, the expert arrangers at Villere’s make sure you message is clear — and beautiful. 2. Harkins, the Florist (1601 Magazine St., 5291638; www.harkinsneworleans.com) 3. Mitch’s Flowers (4843 Magazine St., 899-4843; www.mitchsflowersuptown.com)

St., 947-7554) 3. The Plant Gallery (9401 Airline Hwy., 488-8887; www.theplantgallery.com)

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