Checking out markets

The Baltimore Sun

With the opening of the Fresh Market at the Shops at Quarry Lake off Greenspring Avenue, the northern part of the Baltimore area has an abundance of upscale supermarkets.

These markets cater to the increasingly sophisticated tastes of customers -- and with premium ingredients and high-quality prepared foods, they can charge higher prices than conventional stores.

With so many upscale choices for shoppers in this area, we decided to rate five of the stores -- Wegmans in Hunt Valley; Eddie's of Roland Park on North Charles Street; Graul's in Ruxton; Whole Foods of Mount Washington and the new Fresh Market -- on everything from the taste of their crab cakes to service and navigation. You'll see the results in next week's Taste section.

In the meantime, we'd like to hear from you. What do you like best and least about these stores? What's distinctive about one or the other? What do you wish would change?

E-mail your comments to food@baltsun, with "Markets" in the subject line. We'll post a sampling at when we publish our ratings. Please include your full name.

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