Our first food for thought question is: What is your favorite grocery store? Why?
I picked this topic because I love grocery shopping. Yes, it’s true. I’m in a very small percentage of the world that enjoys this chore. However, I enjoy certain stores more than others and there are some I get super crabby about. I am a grocery store snob. I know….big shocker.
Note: this does not include farmer’s markets – they are the best place to buy local food, but this question is about the actual store.
My fave and my go-to most often: Lunds in Highland Park. Despite higher prices, their produce is always good, their cheese counter is extremely knowledgeable, the meat guy actually wants to help you and they have the selection I’m looking for. Plus, it’s conveniently located.
My fave for those special trips: Whole Foods in uptown. I love the people there and I love knowing I can’t really make a bad choice. They stock their shelves with the good stuff. Their meat counter is even better than Lunds and don’t get me started on their hand made ricotta. I save shopping there for when I need a treat or I’m preparing for something special. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m there.
Runner Up: Kowalski’s on Lyndale.
Stores that I go to every once in awhile: Costco and Trader Joe’s. There are a few items at both of these places that I really enjoy so if I’m in the neighborhood or if I’m having a party, I head on over.
The store I hate but find myself going to anyway: SuperTarget. What can I say, it’s halfway between work and home which makes it super convenient. However, their produce stinks and they always seem to be out of things I need when I’m there. Plus, their service bites the big one.
The store I used to love and never go to anymore: Cub Foods. That’s a hard one for me to admit. I worked at Cub for 5 years and loved the place to death. Then I became a food snob and Cub just did not cut it anymore. Big crowds, cheap prices for not so great stuff, and a super-weak organic section has made me move on to a different place. Sorry Cub. You were a great pal while it lasted.
Unlike Jen, I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING. I do not have a favorite grocery store. I hate them all.
That said, when I am forced to drag myself into a grocery store, I go to one of two places: Kowalski’s Market on Chicago Ave. for things like meat and produce and specialty items like cheese or deli items; or SuperTarget in Richfield for my ‘big shop’ for things like canned beans, cereal, packaged goods, etc. If I am feeling especially adventurous I will go to the Kowalski’s on Lyndale. They have a larger selection and the store is nicer than the Kowalski’s on Chicago.
Anyway, I agree with everything Jen said about SuperTarget. While it’s uber-convenient for me and that’s why I always go there, they are inconsistent in their inventory, and their produce quality is not stellar. I always find the Team Members to be friendly, and willing to go out of their way to find something for you. The checkers though- they are super slow. And they always overstuff my bags so I can barely lift them. I do really love a lot of the Archer Farms branded foods though.
Every now and then, if I’m in the area, I will shop at Lund’s in Highland (same one Jen mentioned). Love their produce, cheese selection, meat selection, etc. It always seems to take me forever to shop there though; I think their checkers are really slow; and I always feel odd having that elderly man or non-English speaking carry-out lug my groceries out to my car.
Long story short, where I choose to grocery shop is based purely on convenience and how fast I can be in and out with a toddler in tow. I have never once set foot in Whole Foods or Costco. Oh and I have to mention Rainbow/Cub. Before SuperTarget moved to town I always grocery shopped at Rainbow for the ‘big shop.’ I rank Rainbow as slightly higher than Cub, but not much. I don’t go near Cub- just too ghetto and nasty for my tastes.
So, our questions for you, dear readers: What is your favorite grocery store? Why? What is your LEAST favorite grocery store? Why? and finally, Would you like to be hired on as Anne’s personal grocery shopper??