Some of my favorite meals recently have been made by grocery store employees. It's so convenient, fried chicken, a pizza, even seafood, right next to your groceries. We've all choked down a gas station hot dog, or a slice of cardboard pizza in desperation, but I've eaten the best meals recently from five local supermarkets.

There are many nights where I don't feel like cooking, and I don't like buying food prepared by a 16 year old on their first day. I never buy hot, prepared food at Stop & Shop or Shop Rite, way too many inconsistencies over the years. In my opinion, five smaller grocery stores around here hired excellent cooks and chefs, and use superior ingredients.

Five Connecticut Grocery Stores Serving Superior Prepared Meals

Most supermarkets and grocery stores serve prepared foods, some have pizza ovens, sushi bars, even their own coffeehouse. When I don't feel like cooking, these are the five grocery stores around here that I feel make superior to-go meals

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