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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
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.
Japan Super is my new favorite Online Japanese Supermarket. I was a loyal customer of another market (similar Super name), however, since they closed, I was forced to find a new place to shop. And, I'm delighted to say that I found one. I have been shopping at Japan Super, since they re-opened in 2008, under their new name and management. They carry just about everything that I want or need. The Japanese produce is the freshest, their meats and fish are the absolute best and you can get fresh bread, mochi and wagashi, all delivered to your door. Japan Super does not carry any inventory. Items ordered are assembled only after you have placed your order. Therefore, you know that everything you are getting is the freshest (if made locally) or the latest imported products, shipped directly from Japan. The merchandise has not been sitting around for days, weeks or months, as is the case with some markets. Their service is excellent. On several occasions, I have asked about something that they didn't carry. They added it to their site (same day or next), so that I could place an order. They really go out of their way to please their customers. They are packaging experts and take great care in handling all of the items from fresh vegetables, fresh breads (not smashed), frozen meats and seafood packaged all in the same box. Non perishable items are shipped via Ground and fresh, frozen and deli items are shipped via Next Day Air. Japan Super's prices are very reasonable, considering the quality of the services and goods that you are getting.
Thanks to Vons, I have actually decided grocery shopping can be a pleasant task, rather than a frenetic ordeal. The store is neat and organized, but what's most impressive is the staff. I was asked if I needed any help at least 4 times on my last visit, and this has consistently been their style, which is much appreciated. If you are uncertain about buying something in the produce section, they even offer a sample if you wish.The prices seem reasonable, the selection is fine, and they offer an organic line of foods as well as all the processed stuff. You can grab some hot food to go, a sandwich, soup, or Starbucks. It's all there, and I like that they encourage people to use re-useable shopping bags instead of plastic, which I do. (They sell 'em at the registers.) I like to go early on weekend mornings when it's mellower and not like a shopping cart version of Bumper Cars. The only reason I might not give Vons a full 5 stars is that the Vons card "savings" seem a bit meager, but I suppose it might be more impressive if I had a family the size of The Brady Bunch.
I've shopped at this Trader Joe's for nearly two decades. It's on the way from our church in Eagle Rock to our home in nearby Pasadena. Parking here can be a challenge, but once you're in it's worth it. I also stop here on the way home from my Glendale office when I need to pick up something quick. As with all Trader Joe's this store has a wide variety of grocery and specialty items, along with a decent beer selection. As another reviewer mentioned, they stock a wide variety of quality frozen food items that have become favorites in our home, like the orange chicken or the teriyaki chicken, as well as the fettuccine alfredo, which can easily be made into a filling entree by adding "Just Chicken" also sold here, or the razor-thin-sliced Pacific Salmon which I season with a dash of black and red pepper and quickly cook in a stove top grill pan. I also want to mention that with few exceptions, the staff here has always been courteous and helpful, even when the place is packed with customers and the lines extend into the food aisles.
I have been going to Trader JoeJoe's oh for a very very long time. But I have never seen any of the workers go out of there way the way socks does (i mean tirzah) go out of way for all her customers. That girl is so amazing. Oh she is a god set to that company. I love see her talking to her. She does listen to what you have to say and she remembers Cause when see you again no matter if its a day or 3 years laters she always asks how did everything go. She is one last true good person in this world and very respectable un like some of those workers over there. Oh and i love her socks. So don't ever get rid of her cause if you do I will never step foot back into another Trader Joe's again. Like i did said before some of those workers over there are so rude. Also some of the mangers are also mostly the women. They are so fake. I wasn't going to go back into this anymore. But then they hired Tirzah and now I won't leave cause of her thank you Trader Joe's for hiring her.
Raymona is the Greatest Cashier Of All At Ralphs! I really enjoy shopping at this particular Ralphs location at 5080 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, California 90016. Whenever I visit, I always get treated as family by all of the staff members, including Raymona. I feel very honored and comfortable to be her customer and feel as ONE on each and every visit, including today's. Not only is the Service Amazing, but the Food Selection and Prices are as well compared to the one around the corner from where I live. Ralphs is by far Superior and so is Raymona! I just want to say Thank You Raymona and the staff at this Ralphs location for the Excellent, Memorable Service that you have been providing to me as well as to your other millions of customers out there! Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Loyal Ralphs Customer /HPS
First of all...4.5 is my rating..... When you enter, your like, this place is tiny... the kitchen is bigger than the sitting area.... Secondly, the table are too close together... obviously because the place is so small. The wood bench is really hard to sit comfortably on... Ok...so why the high rating ??? The service is good.... The waiter really was friendly and definitely on his game... But here's the real reason....The Food... Food in this little strip mall restaurant is usually found in top notch, established and polished establishments... The chef here killed it on every item The tortellini, the shrimp bisque soup, The fried calamari....all of it was spot on... For the entree, I had the steak... as good as any 5 star steak house I've been to. They get a solid 4.5 from me....
I wish they'd put more of these in the city, and maybe then it wouldn't be so crowded all the time. And I do mean ALL THE TIME. This isn't the kind of place you can pop in and out of in five minutes. You tend to have to wait in line for a while, and navigating all the carts and people takes a bit of patience. There is a parking lot out back, just for Trader Joe's, but that's often full too. But the food is cheap, especially for city prices, and a lot of it is the type you can stock up on so you can take a once a month trip. Like everyone else said, the produce section isn't that great, but everything else is. Their stock runs low sometimes, because of the huge amount of customers, but going at off-hour times (early or late, I've found) tends to help.
It used to be that we'd trek to Vons, Fresh and Easy, Wholefoods, and our neighborhood Mexican groceries to buy the various items we eat. Now, it's a one-stop shop at Fig Produce. Their produce is fresh, local, and half the price of the chain stores. They stock an amazing variety of vegan and vegetarian foods, including Quorn, Daiya, Gardein and some other hard-to-find brands. If they don't stock it, ask for it and they will usually have whatever you wanted in by the next week. Oh, and if you happen to be a meat-lover, they have a huge meat counter which I can only assume is as fresh and local as their produce. Plus, the staff are friendly and always glad to see you and hear your compliments and requests!