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Dec 27, 2002 03:47 PM

What's NOT GOOD at Trader Joe's??? [OLD]

  • b

That question may seem like a joke -- so much is good -- but as a once-a-week TJ's shopper, I enjoy reading the threads about what other people LIKE at TJ's. But that question is so common, I thought I'd go the other way. What have you all bought/tried from Trader Joe's that wasn't worth buying again?

My contribution is the new cheddar (read "orange") version of their boxed Mac-n-cheese -- totally flavorless, tastes just like pasta with milk and butter on it. Boo!

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  1. Unbelievable as it may seem, there has been one thing I had from TJ's that I did not like. (and we shop there alot!). It was the frozen Shepard's Pie. It was just awful.

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    1. re: Barbara

      I also did not care for the Shepherd's Pie.

      1. re: Barbara

        I realize this is a stale thread, but for those of use who live in the past...

        I've purchased 5 boxes of frozen breaded eggplant over the past few months. 3 times out of 5 the bag inside the carton has been pierced, split, or improperly sealed - the last bag was totally unsealed! Poor materials, poor labor, and non-existant quality control. The product is fine when properly sealed, otherwise the delectable little disks of eggplant suffer freezer burn and dessication.

        1. re: JB

          Did you take it back? They have an excellent return policy (once they even refunded me for some spoiled cottage cheese that I hadn't brought back and didn't have a receipt for -- I had just remarked to the checker that the previous carton I'd purchased had been bad and she didn't charge me for the new one), and I'm sure they'd want to know you're dissatisfied with one of their products.

        2. re: Barbara

          My husband HATED the shepherd pie and refused to eat. I thought it tasted very "beefy" and not in a good way.

          1. re: Barbara

            Hmm my friend always picks up a couple of Shepard's pies when he and I go to TJs. He loves them and they are gf. What he hated so much that he took back was the Green Plant juice. He said it tasted like vomit.

          2. Frozen green thai curry (comes in a box similar to the frozen chicken tikka masala, which I like) -- gross, gross, gross. I also didn't care for the frozen dim sum selection. Oh, and the "sushi" is pretty awful, too.

              1. re: brian h

                You must be referring to the lot at the Montecito center in San Rafael.

                1. re: Sharuf

                  Actually, I am referring to the lot on Burbank in Encino. And the lot on Hazeltine in Sherman Oaks as well (the spaces marked "compact" work only if your car has been through a compactor beforehand).

                  1. re: brian h

                    I think they must have designed those lots after studying the one at the Montecito Shopping Center. ;)

                    1. re: Sharuf

                      They probably learned it at college, from the student parking lots.

                2. re: brian h

                  Hey, y'all come on up to lovely Burien, Washington! The Trader Joes is located in a strip mall with the requisite acres of parking making for very convenient parking in an inconvenient (to me living 60 miles away in Olympia) location.

                  1. re: brian h

                    Try the parking lot at the TJ's in Brookline, MA. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Jeepers.

                    1. re: raj1

                      arlington, ma ain't no day at the beach, either.

                      1. re: lynn

                        How about Westport? A physical fight broke out between two customers. Needless to say, it made the newspapers.

                  2. TJ's used to carry this cheese that came in long strands. It tasted like soap. I think other people agreed because they stopped carrying it.

                    They still carry another product by the same company.

                    1. what a good idea.

                      i don't like the powdered instant chai in tubs. it comes in two flavors. too, too sweet and not delicious.
                      i'm sure there's more, just can't think of it now.