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shopping and services writing about him. Stone’s offers much more than just kibble—although it has that (with a loyalty program) and everything else for your pup, kitty, bird and beyond. It also has expertise. Since 1957 Stone’s has been offering up pet food, playthings and necessities, whether animals are of the four-legged, feathered, tailed, maned, scaled or finned variety. They even have a self-serve pet wash. Stone’s will keep Charley loving you like you’re family, because you are. Just don’t say “bath” in front of him because that’s a dreaded four-letter word. Best Neighborhood Market Grove Market 242 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove (831) 375-9581, Nestled just off Lighthouse Avenue in the heart of America’s Last Hometown, Grove Market has served residents of and visitors to Pacific Grove since 1969. Don’t let the homely, corner-store, Lee Chong’s vibe fool you; the place is packed with a wide selection of quality foods, from its award-winning butcher shop to its local produce, as well as an enviable selection of wines from across the Central Coast. And even better, they deliver straight to your home. Best Grocery Store Elroy's Fine Foods 15 Soledad Drive, Monterey (831) 373-3737, Elroy’s Fine Foods takes the boutique concept and applies it to the grocery store—carefully curating fresh produce, high-end meats, poultry, cheese and shelf goods, and a diverse selection of wines both local and international. It’s a joy to shop there, which is why Weekly readers have consistently awarded Elroy’s with a Best Of label since the shop opened in the fall of 2020. And as you wind your way out of the beautifully appointed aisles, don’t sleep on the prepared food section—Elroy’s makes healthy, hearty soups, salads and sandwiches you’ll feel good about eating on days when a DIY lunch (or dinner) plan just isn’t coming together. Best International Market International Market and Deli 580 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey (831) 375-9451, Some things are just synonymous with each other: sea otters and Monterey, Salinas and Steinbeck, and Best International Market and International Market and Deli. Stop in for friendly service in finding authentic Mediterranean, Russian and Middle Eastern ingredients. Or if you’d rather let the experts prepare the delicacies, grab shawarma, falafel and baklava from the deli inside. While it may not be a precarious trip on the Sea of Cortez, International Market and Deli takes you on a global culinary adventure. Best Seafood Market Sea Harvest 598 Foam St., Monterey, (831) 646-0547 100A Crossroads Blvd., Carmel, (831) 626-3626 7537 Sandholt Road, Moss Landing (831) 728-7081 The canneries described by Steinbeck in Cannery Row may be gone, but a 56 BEST OF MONTEREY COUNTY® 2023