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Cobblestone Foods--where's the chow?

Walked into the new Cobblestone Foods (what used to be Tuller's). It looks just like Tuller's, only...without the food! It is maybe 1/3 stocked, and looks very skimpy. However, the prices are equal to, or even higher than Tuller's already-high markup. $5 loaves of bread, $7 for a tiny basket of Vermont butter, etc. They do, however, have already-pureed plastic cups of baby food (aka plain boiled and mashed vegetables), so that all those Cobble Hill mommies (you know, the ones that have already taken over the Tea Lounge with their double-wide strollers) have yet another thing to spend their money on. In my opinion, much better food selection and warmer vibe at Stinky Brooklyn, over on Smith.

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  1. Why does this not surprise me?

    If Tuller-Cobblestone can actually pull this off (just how much butter does one get for their $7-spot?), then you'll likely see Dean & DeLuca viewing this test case and snapping up some choice Heights-Hill real estate soon thereafter.

    1. Stinky Brooklyn ain’t no bargain either and it isn’t exactly stuffed floor to ceiling. And since Cobblestone Foods said they were (re)opening in October, did you ever think they might have logistical problems they’re still dealing with? Did you ask someone @ CF why it looked so bare? If memory serves me correctly, Fairway had loads of issues when they first opened and was widely bitched about on this board (and wrongly so IMO) but it hasn’t stop people from shopping there. And what gourmet grocer doesn’t have double-wide strollers clogging their aisles? CF may/may not be the answer for the serious epicurean, but it certainly beats another realtor/cell-phone retailer/nail salon.

      1. I stopped in briefly yesterday. Didn't take the time to sample prepared foods or cheese but what I did do wa look immediatley to see if they carried the same eggs that Tuller's did. No such luck and I made the mistake of never really noting the name of the farm they came from. They had the brightest orange yolks and were basically the best eggs i've been able to buy in brookln other than clonshee (which are practically impossible to find). Anyone remember where Tuler's eggs came from?

        1. You should definitely find out about the eggs if you can, and let the people at Cobblestone know. They seem like they really want to give their customers what they want. They seem really open to suggestions.

          1. Tuller's eggs came from a variety of small, upstate farms. Chickens at these farms don't lay with regularity, so they got whichever farm the distributor had. In otherwords, there wasn't one farm or brand. The distributor was Angello's.

            1. I went into this place today and they were very friendly. They had a nice selection of cheeses, but they seemed to still be light on merchandise since a few shelves were bare or understocked.

              For those of you in the neighborhood who are fans, they carry Gorilla coffee and they mentioned they also brew it in the morning. I'm glad I don't have to go all the way to 5th anymore for my fix.

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              1. re: oolah

                Oolah, do you know that Boerum Hill Food Co. has also been selling Gorilla beans and brewing for some time now? :)

                I went in to Cobblestone Foods a cpl times over the last cpl weeks and the service is very friendly. Glad they have fresh chicken stock like Tuller's. And their bread/bagels are nice. Havent tried anything else there yet.

                1. re: Nehna

                  I didn't know Boerum had them too. Thanks for the tip!

              2. Yeah - for better or for worse (I dislike Gorilla coffee) they have been brewing it at Boerum Hill Food Company for quite some time. They used to brew Peet's, which I preferred over Gorilla. I wish someone in the nabe would brew La Colombe or Counter Culture beans.

                1. They've won me over a little bit by the fact that not only do they do fresh chicken stock (the one thing I used to go to Tuller's for) but they also do fresh veal stock and fresh mushroom stock.

                  It's not cheap ($5 for a quart) but its tasty and convenient when I'm making a risotto, etc.

                  Had their fresh chicken and orzo soup on the weekend too which was tasty for a chilly sunday afternoon.

                  1. $12.50 for a rotisserie chicken? and I thought Tuller was overpriced.

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                    1. re: jimmyjazz

                      Seems high but keep in mind that a roti chicken 1/2 block down at California Taqueria is $12.00. And its -damn- good, btw.

                    2. The folks at COBBLESTONE are very nice, knowledgeable and helpful. They just opened a few weeks ago and are starting small.

                      The cheese selection is very good, and the prepared foods are tasty and attractive. The selection of bread from SULLIVAN STREET and others is great.

                      Instead of coming down so hard on people who are just starting out, why not wait a while before trashing them.