Best Meat Market - 2007
Not even in the hands of top Hollywood food stylists have cold cuts and fruits of the sea looked so alluring. Bristol Farms, a small chain of high-end grocery stores based in Southern California, opened last fall in the massive yuppeteria known as the Westfield Centre to the appreciative aahs of voyeuristic foodies who know that the eyes are indelibly connected to the stomach. The bakery is filled with visually beautiful morsels of sugar, but it's the meat and fish counters that are truly a sight to behold and, at the end of the day, are most tantalizing. Shrimp are meticulously arranged in circular patterns, while game hens lie in drill-team formation. Warning: The most majestic creation of all, a massive pig's head carefully crafted out of pork chorizo, is not for the faint-of-heart vegetarians among us. Prepare to shell out a pretty penny for some of this stuff, but most of what we've sampled tastes as good as it looks.