Sunday, September 16, 2007

Whole Foods, Columbus Circle

We went to Whole Foods today to pick up groceries for dinner.

I don't really like Whole Foods. They are expensive, their produce isn't always fresh or good, and I'm really skeptical of their 365 brand. On this visit, there were fruit flies crawling all over the persimmons. I mean, don't they see, or care? They have dozens of employees on the floor.

I found that when you buy fish, sometimes it won't be scaled or cleaned, even if it's already cut as a fillet. So you really have to double check with them every time.

Their beef is way overpriced.

They don't take very good care of their cheese. I bought an English cheddar from them once and realized when I got home that it was all greasy. It wasn't stored at the right temperature and had been out for a long time. Every once in a while, I'll take a look at their Parmesan and it'll look in bad shape.

That said, there are a few things that I can count on them for, which is why I go there. They almost always have beautiful, large leeks, they stock bread from Sullivan Street Bakery, and they always have whole Bell and Evans chickens.

The strange thing with the Bell and Evans chickens, though, is that they don't always advertise them as Bell and Evans. Sometimes it's just labeled "air chilled" which is code for Bell and Evans.

And even though they don't always ask to clean the fish for you, their fish is fresh and decent.

The line on this visit was particularly long. It stretched about half the length of the store. I guess everyone's back from summer vacation.

But their line management is really admirable. I would guess that there were at least 70 people in that line and it only took 20 minutes to check out. That's still not a quick checkout, but sometimes I wait 20 minutes to check out at Kmart when there's only 5 people in line.

Whole Foods (Columbus Circle)
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

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