I was a little skeptical about visiting this new Whole Foods after hearing how difficult it is to park. Frankly, the Whole Foods in East Pasadena is much closer to my home, but the parking can be horrendous there too, especially around any of the major "food holidays." Still, I decided to brave this new store early on a Saturday afternoon, and not only was the parking easy, there was ample room as well. I approached the store from Del Mar, going south on Arroyo. I turned right on the side street just north of the store (a dead end) and made an immediate left into the underground parking garage. It was that easy. As for the store - all two floors and 75,000 or so square feet of it - I was in awe! There is some kind of specialty bar for nearly every taste - juice bar, salad bar, Asian Food bar, even a Wine and Tapas room. Unbelievable! I was lured by the aroma of the smoked meats, and purchased a few pieces of smoked chicken for lunch. The selection of packaged and dry goods was awesome; everything was well stocked, and nicely presented. Still, admittedly one of the things I regularly visit Whole Foods for is their beer selection, and I have to say I was more than just a bit disappointed by what they have available here, especially since there is a BevMo just south of this location. Maybe that's why the selection here is lacking, but I'd much rather be able to have my choice of craft brews at the same store I'm buying groceries in so I can save a trip and not have to go elsewhere. I'm hoping the empty spaces I saw on the shelves were an indication that more is on the way. In the meantime, this store is nothing short of amazing - a bit pricey, but still amazing. Can't wait to go shop for my holiday meal here!
And I mean the gratest cheeses. GRATED!. Where else can you find quality grated cheeses that you can add to your most delightful dishes without all of the work? Take something from their frozen section and add a delightful cheese to any of their salad choices and you have a fabulous dinner. Don't forget bread from their wonderful selections. Stop by their veggie and fruit section and grab some blackberries for the freezer. Rinse them in the container and put in the freezer while preparing dinner. Shake and add to a fabulous chardonnay or champagne glass before adding the bubbly. A great way to get your serving of fruits:)!! I just love my TJs - all of them in Pasadena, California. I go to whichever I'm closest to. If I want a movie at Blockbuster on South Lake, I walk across the street to TJs. If I want a restaurant night I go to the one in East Pasadena. And if I'm coming home from my son's school, Arroyo Parkway is my shopping spot. They're all convenient and economical. Quality choices for your family at have the price of the huge markets.
When this market opened, it became the only full service "brand name" market in an area that serves as the gateway to Northwest Pasadena. Since that time the quality of the food, the selection of items, the cleanliness of the store - with the exception of the restroom - has been consistently good. In fact, there is a Vons located much closer to my home, but since I usually have to pass this one on the way home from work, I stop here. The market has recently undergone a mini face lift, and now highlights its floral department in a much nicer way. As well, there is a Wells Fargo mini-branch located in store, along with an ATM machine. The market is conveniently located on the corner of Fair Oaks Ave. and Orange Grove Blvd., and is easily accessible from nearby neighborhoods and the nearby 210 freeway.
It might be a bit cost-prohibitive for every day shopping, but for the occasional organic food, homeopathic remedy or decent craft beer, Whole Foods is definitely a great place to shop. Also, though not as large as other locations, their hot food bar, salad bar and deli counter have great ready-to-eat selections as well. In recent months the quality and variety of the beers they sell has decreased a bit, but all in all this is still one of the best places in town to sample a new brew or two. Just beware the crazy parking lot. In fact, you'll find more space if you park in back near Chuck-E-Cheese and Rite Aid, and simply walk down the ramp to the lower level and hang a left to go to Whole Foods.
I know, I know...Whole Foods = Whole Paycheck, but this store is amazing. I actually live closer to the one in the Hastings Ranch area of East Pasadena, but this one has an amazing BBQ and smoked meat counter that makes it worth the trip across town. The employees who work here are quite helpful, and even took the time to smoke a special order of ribs for me for a holiday meal. I also love the deli counter and the selection of craft and foreign beers that they have here. It may not be practical to do your weekly shopping here, but for those specialty and organic food "must-haves," you have to check out this store.
This Vons (on North Allen Avenue) has been around for quite a while. It's a busy store and one of the only large markets in the area known as East Washington Village. The store recently underwent a complete redesign, and the result is great. Though the basic layout has not changed, the interior and atmosphere have been greatly improved. All in all a nice family store, with most of the popular brands in stock on a regular basis. Beware their health and beauty aid prices however, as even with a coupon, some HBA items are several dollars more than what you'll find at a large discount retailer.
I have to admit, I go to Whole Foods for lunch all the time, even though it is a tad pricey. They have a great variety of foods on the salad bar, hot bar, and soup bar - plus even more selections at their prepared food counter. Don't expect it all to be good for you - they do a pretty great fried chicken and mashed potatoes on the hot food bar. They also have a great selection of frozen foods if you have a microwave at your office. And for the occasional dinner, their produce and fish section are absolutely wonderful - but pricey.
Conveniently located just a half-mile or so from my home, this is my "go-to" Vons where I get grocery items that I can't otherwise buy at so-called specialty grocery stores. It's super convenient when you need a last minute item for a holiday meal or party, though it can get super crowded during the holidays. The store is well-kept and well-stocked for the most part, and has a bank, pharmacy and Starbucks located inside, along with a full-service deli. People drive a little nuts in the parking lot, so shoppers beware.
This store is just what our neighborhood needed. Under new ownership and after being renovated, it is the most organized, clean and efficient corner store that I was missing. The shelves are well stocked, the produce is fresh, the meat and deli department are clean, and items are top quality, while prices are well below the other big supermarkets. The staff is friendly and always willing to help. There is ample parking. While in line waiting to check out, I have heard other customers say how the store looks great.
Pretty much any homeopathic remedy, vitamin or natural supplement can be found at this store. It's always well stocked, the staff is usually quite helpful, though I have no way of knowing the level of knowledge they possess about the items they sell. I usually research new products before I go in to make a purchase so I'll know what I'm getting. Their prices are always lower than the big "healthy lifestyle market" down the street, so if I have a big purchase to make, I always make a list and come here.