Sometimes you just don't have time to drive to the grocery store, peruse the aisles, and haul home your food. Fortunately, online grocery stores have become wildly popular, especially among time-strapped urbanites, but also across the country. Along with East Coast standbys like Peapod and FreshDirect, a new crop of online grocers has popped up, each offering different perks and parameters to suit various needs and lifestyles.
Best for Big Parties
Originally a service just for swanky restaurants and catering businesses, Marx Foods has expanded to outfit home cooks as well. This online company sells top-quality and exotic meats, seafood, cheeses, produce, and pantry items in bulk, so it's a great site to shop if you're feeding a big group at a barbecue or dinner party. You'll find everything from grass-fed beef to alligator to oysters to morel mushrooms. Marx ships food via FedEx or UPS ground anywhere in the U.S. between two and seven business days, depending on your needs. [marxfoods.com]