Trader Joe Has a Brother. He’s Even Better.

Chances are that you have never set foot inside the best grocery store in America:Aldi. And even if you are lucky enough to be in one of the 32 states where Aldi is, perhaps you were put-off by the cardboard boxes in lieu of shelves, or the row upon row of suspicious-looking off-brands. What is this place? Why do I have to put down a deposit to check out a cart? What is the weird giant shelf by the exit? And what do you mean, I have to pay for a bag?

Calm your hormones, meine Schatzis: Aldi, which is short for Albrecht Discount, is the American incarnation of a German grocery chain that is so ubiquitous in the Vaterlandthat almost 90 percent of Germans shop there. (Not all German imports are luxury cars, beer, and super-cool glasses.)

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