Best of the Bay 2013: BEST OUT-THERE GROCERIES

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Houses in the Sunset may be built on dunes, but make no mistake, the neighborhood is no food desert. The flagship of the snacktastic stretch of outer Judah Street (see also: locavore haven Outerlands, beloved Mexican resto Celia's by the Beach) is without a doubt grocery co-op Other Avenues, about to round the bend on year 40 in the western neighborhood. This is world-class healthy food: happy-making bulk bins, raw milk, vivacious produce, with a thoughtful wine selection and holistic med shelves so complete you'll never have to trek into neighborhoods that look down on wearing sandals to re-up on herbs and tonics. Plus it's cute, friendly, and neatly crammed into a smallish storefront, you'll never lose the gist of your shopping list after giving your neighborhood a hearty "howdy."

3930 Judah, SF. (415) 661-7475, www.otheravenues.coop