2008 BEST Gourmet Shop, North
First as the creator of gourmet-pantry-on-wheels Ned’s Truck and now as proprietor of her own groceria, Ned Hand has helped the North Shore fine-foods scene find a higher gear. Got a yen for air-dried sirloin from Uruguay? Ultrarich French foie gras and crème fraîche? Here’s where to sate it, alongside a regional spread of small-farm and artisanal treats—salted rosemary shortbread baked in Gloucester, wood-roasted organic coffee from Maine—and dewy cut flowers. Hand’s truck may be on the road only in summer, but her devotees make pit stops here year-round.