I have been shopping at Trader Joe's for over 10 years. For many years I considered the Silver Lake Trader Joe's my store. But then the Hollywood and Vine store opened a couple blocks from where I work and I started shopping there on my lunch. A employee by the name of A.J. really goes out of his way to make sure I am secure with my experience each morning I am there. He runs around that store attending to everybody it seems like. One would think he runs that store yet does not wear a flower shirt yet. A.J. is funny and puts a smile on my face every time he checks me out. With simple conversation , politeness, and body language A.J. makes me and everyone in his line feel like they are at home. I have made friends with other customers who I have met standing in line at A.J.s register. A.J. keeps everything moving and always makes sure everybody waiting in line is involved in the conversations while bagging groceries. I enjoy the service I get so much from A.J. that now my husband and I drive to the Vine store every other weekend to do our regular shopping because we know A.J. will be there to assist us with our purchases and over all experience shopping together. We love Trader Joe's , but if every Trader Joe's had a employee like A.J. the Vine store would not be so special to us. The Hollywood Vine Trader Joe's is beautiful and the service I get from A.J. is exceptional. I recommend doing your shopping early at this location between 9am and 11am Wednesday through Sunday because those are the days our favorite employee is scheduled. He is one of the reasons we no longer go to Silver Lake. Thank You A.J. Jamesla
4136 E Cesar E Chavez AveLos Angeles, CA 90063
I've been going to this restaurant because they have that hard to find authentic home style taste and they make tortillas fresh - on the spot - and they're so good you could eat them by themselves. Their menu is just right, having all the components that make up just about every dish you can think of - it's a small (hole in the wall) restaurant and at times you may have to wait 10 minutes, but it's worth it and you will see people waiting - why? Because honestly, there's almost no dish that is not good (and they serve menudo and cocido every day, even birria!) - and there are some that are just plain great. Before my mother passed away I would go to lunch with her all the time and she was a great cook, so she was as picky as the sun is hot - and more then 1/2 the time when I asked her where to? She'd say, with a smile on her face, 'Chispa!'....which made me happy to make her happy. I couldn't rate this any better, to impress my mom meant you took care in the details (to mom that was roasting fresh chiles, cooking on low heat when necessary, fresh ingredients, just the right amount of spices - never too salty or bland, salsas that let you know someone knows how to cook and consistant, consistant, consistant). And everyone there is friendly and they already know what I like -so I don't even have to say the whole dish (lengua en salsa de tomatillo con frijoles y arroz - THE BEST!) - I almost regret rating it cause that means I might have to wait longer....but my mom shared this place so can I. Take your parent(s) out to this little place...they'll want to go back and so will you.
Oh Trader Joe's....I love you. But I hate you. Shopping at TJ's during normal working people's available shopping hours (any time on the weekends or after 5pm on weekdays) is just awful. It's h#ll on earth with reasonably priced organic produce. Don't get me wrong, the staff are friendly and helpful and I love the merchandise and the prices, but dear god....from the aneurysm inducing parking lot to the panic attack inducing aisles, it can be quite the clusterfxck. Seriously, after last night's shopping trip I felt like I needed a drink. Or a Valium. Hell, I could have used both. If you have the luxury of being able to do your shopping at 2pm on a random Wednesday, take advantage of this. You'll be able to browse all the great products at your leisure. But if you go on weekends or weeknights, forget it. You need to have a plan. You need to know your list by heart as there is nowhere to stop for 10 seconds to make sure you're not forgetting anything. You cannot stop to check the dates on produce. Can't decide between regular feta & the reduced fat version? TOO BAD. Keep it moving or else you'll p!ss everyone off. This can be a problem because some of the produce isn't as fresh as it should be. On numerous occasions I've had to throw out produce because I realized it was moldy when I brought it home. Examples of this are the pomegranate seeds and raspberries. If you have the time, really look at it to make sure it's fresh enough to last a few days. The prices and selection keep me coming back. I just wish the store had wider aisles and a bigger parking lot.