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I hate going to my closest WF because it is always a madhouse...but a lot of the dishes that are prepared look very delicious however put off I am by their price tag.

So what are your favorites, dislikes, opinions in general?

I often like to take ideas from markets like these as inspiration for home creations.

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  1. Expensive and generally not worth it. Avoid the tri-tip/London Broil. It is extremely tough. Sandwiches and burritos are "meh", save for the spinach/tomato tortillas they offer (but strangely don't sell outside of the deli). Soups can be a pretty good deal. The creme brulee french toast they have for breakfast is awesome. The curry chicken salad is pretty good. Whole Foods' baked goods are better than the prepared foods.

    1. I like the desserts they sell pre-packaged like blueberry panna cotta and sour cherry crisp. i often eat there so that I'm not shopping hungry. the sushi is fine if they make it to order so that it's not ice cold. i like the mac n'cheese from the hot bar. this in chapel hill, nc, my WF in ny was completely different. i was addicted to their indian food for awhile,even though it eventually all tasted the same. the edamame salad and rice salads were also better in Ny...but I'm going to stop now b/c I'm remembering all of the non-prepared foods that I miss so much from NY.
      I can buy dumplings at the chinese markets, i can buy cheap japanese food near campus, and the vietnamese is just fine...but i SO miss my cheeses, wines and everything from buon'italia in chelsea market (fresh pasta as good as you could make it yourself, fresh buffalo mozz for cheap, fresh stracchino (!!). dried porcini mushrooms...the imported prosciutto and mortadella from DiPalo's..and the parmigiano reggiano that doesn't go bad w/in 2 weeks in the fridge...I know this is completely off topic.

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      1. re: fara

        I've only eaten at the Raleigh, NC store and I'd only recommend the food to someone who can't have even a miligram of sodium. I don't care much for salt, but this place underseasons so badly it's absurd. And, depending on your market, the prices are no bargain.

        1. re: rockycat

          we have the opposite problem in their southern california stores. everything is LOADED with salt and drowning in oil.

        2. re: fara

          I also like the mac and cheese at the hot food bar and at my local WF they sell it in prepackaged containers near the rotisserie chickens. It's quite cheesy so if that's your preferred style of mac and cheese I'm sure you'd enjoy it.

          1. re: fldhkybnva

            When I was taking care of my mom in Jersey she was craving mac & cheese, so I filled a container from the hot foods bar when I was shopping @the Paramus store. She & my sis *inhaled* it.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              It's delicious but very rich. I can only eat so much before I'm saturated.

        3. I really enjoy their soups. The cream of mushroom is decadent.

          At the deli, I like the Sonoma Chicken Salad (chicken, mayo based dressing, grapes, celery, nuts), broccoli salad, and some of the couscous salads. There's a couscous salad made with a touch of orange juice and pinenuts that was delicious. However, most of the food is prohibitively expensive.

          I find several of the prepared items to be bland and boring, like the Asian noodle salads.

          1. I really like the chili-cheese enchiladas, the mac n cheese, and the roasted bell peppers.

            1. The pulled pork is frickin' fabulous!! Really.

              1. I like the pizza you buy by the ounce......salad bar is ok....kind of boring/dull though.....sandwhich bar I enjoy....the prepared wraps suck.....i like buying the little containers of chicken or tuna salad..only $2.39 I think...buy some pitas and maybe some cheese and eat a lunch that way.....have a fridge at work I put the pitas and cheese into....voila....

                never really tried the hot food bar...

                the prepared salads in the case are good, but they get expensive....

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                1. re: Xericx

                  First time I had the pizza I loved it. I got the white pizza and the turkey sausage pizza. The second time I got some it was pretty mediocre and the third time I was really upset. It was like day old pizza that had been microwaved. Basically I've decided that if it looks good, it may be, but if it only sounds good, but doesn't necessarily look good, it won't be.

                2. I find the quality of the food varies from branch to branch.

                  The 4th street branch in San Francisco, for example, has a fantastic array of food. I could eat there a few times a week and not tire of the food (had I the $).

                  The food at the branch in Westwood near UCLA, however, leaves me cold. Nothing looks good, and I hate the way they have the prepared food set up throughout the store. I don't want to have to walk all the way around the building before I decide what I want!

                  But in general, I would say the suggestions for boxed salads and the soups are good. And I once had a smoked salmon wrap that was incredible.

                  1. The products are okay. I like the curried chicken salad and some of the sandwhiches. Skip the salad bar and the hot pizza section. While WF is generally more expensive than regular stores (unless your "regular" store is H.E.B. Central Market or Trader Joe's), some of the items are just too convenient to pass up!

                    TT

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                    1. re: TexasToast

                      I agree to skip the pizza. It's just a greasy mess. I like the mashed potatoes. I really enjoy the pastries more than the hot foods in general.

                      1. re: TexasToast

                        Mmmm, I miss Central Market. They put WF to shame IMO

                        1. re: amkirkland

                          Absolutely! But they (CM) can be even MORE expensive than WF, though the former's the bakeries as so good! Blackforest Gateaux anyone?

                          TT

                          1. re: amkirkland

                            Central Market is somewhat better than Whole Foods Texas locations I've been to. But I've had much better prepared foods selections at Whole Foods in four other states.

                        2. I recommend the creme brulee. Nothing more from this section.

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                          1. re: new2wine

                            I've never seen the creme brluee.

                            TT

                          2. I agree that 4th Street in SF has the best prepared food selection in the area (with San Mateo a close second). One thing they have in SF out in the "food bar" area is roasted chicken breast spiced with vanilla. The whole rotisserie chickens are almost always unbearably dry, but these roasted breasts are always moist and flavorful. I also like the macaroni and cheese here, samosas, and some of the "Asian" selections. I tried the egg salad on Friday, and it was quite nice -- on the drier side, light on the mayo. Pizza tends to be hit and miss. Soups are generally good, as is the tapioca pudding.

                            They've remodeled a lot of the older stores in the area to bring in more prepared food, but everything is so squished and poorly lit that it makes the food seems vaguely unappetizing.

                            1. I eat at whole foods a ton because the food around my office is TERRIBLE otherwise. The ingredients they use for the make your own sandwich are very very good, so thats a plus. I really enjoy the smoked mozzarella pasta salad as well as the classic chicken salad. That said, it can be extremely hit or miss.

                              1. Things vary. What I really like are their sandwiches, their macaroni salad, the salad bar, and the spicy tuna bowl (which kind of varies from place to place but is generally delicious.)

                                The best place I know in terms of food prep and selection would be the one on Fairfax in LA at the Farmer's market/Grove. We used to go there from work for lunch a lot and it was delicious. I have a friend who would swear by their pizzas.

                                1. Only the coffee is a good deal.

                                  1. Their herb-crusted tofu was (is? can't find it in NYC anymore, although my mother in Philly occasionally can) delicious. I also remember eating WF cold peach soup that was terrific, although I never saw it again in any of their stores (this was about 3 years ago).

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                                    1. re: merrymc

                                      My local store has three types of tofu, red, green, and a curried one. The problem is, they all taste the same. And when I say taste, I really mean "lack of taste."

                                      TT

                                      1. re: merrymc

                                        I used to really like the sesame tofu from the Union Square (NYC) store, but I haven't seen it in a while.

                                      2. Their tomato chipotle soup is excellent! Most of the soups are quite good and you can sample them before you buy. Hubby and I like the salads and prepared foods, but they are ridiculously expensive.

                                        1. Agreed on the soups. I also like the red lentil daal and the creamed spinach when the have it.

                                          1. WAY too salty!

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                                            1. re: mamaciita

                                              it's been my experience that most of their prepared foods are oversalted and drowning in oil. and i'm not just talking about one location, it's what i've found in edgewater,nj, new york city, and all the locations in the los angeles and san diego areas.

                                              1. re: 1_healthnut

                                                At least in SD they underseason. I had never the problem that there was too much salt in their food.

                                                1. re: honkman

                                                  you mean hillcrest, i'm assuming? the stuff there is occasionally edible. but la jolla? forget it. you'll be bloated for days.

                                              2. re: mamaciita

                                                Totally agree!

                                              3. I went to the wholefoods in hingham, mass and tried the salad bar. Oh my god it was awful. Everything tasted a little "off" and sour/bitter tasting.

                                                oh that's right you were talking about the prepared foods (:

                                                when I was going to school in philly back in 2001, a vegan friend turned me on to the buffalo style tofu. I am wondering if whole foods in general still sell this because it was pretty damn tasty.

                                                1. I like the soups, especially the Harvest Squash soup, which is usually only available in the fall and winter. I also like the mushroom soup.

                                                  At my Los Angeles area WFM, the hot foods section seems to always have chicken enchiladas. Like, every day. Love 'em. And in the refrigerated section, I like the beef brisket burrito. But I think these are regional items because I couldn't find the burritos and enchiladas at the WFM in Santa Fe, NM.

                                                  1. I get the brown rice vegetable sushi and seaweed salad. It's pretty good. I don't know if this Japanese restaurant rents space there or if Whole Foods pays the store to be there but they have a couple of people behind the counter who make it. I don't think of it as having "sushi" but as a good, quick healthy bite to eat. It is pricey, though. Both together cost more than a bento box at a Japanese restaurant next door.

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                                                    1. re: chowser

                                                      I can only speak of the SF locations. The one thing that always stands out this time of year is the lamb shanks in beer. They do great sweet potatoes. The brussel sprouts (hot) can be good, but they need to look fresh and not like something that has been sitting around.

                                                      They make a good whitefish salad. I'm not as into the cold deli as the hot items. I like the cold salmon well enough. I have rarely liked any of the chicken ... hot or cold. I like the soups ... and as mentioned, you can taste those. As far as SF, they will give you a taste of most of the cold deli items. I remember a particularily long day when I was exhausted and there was only one couple in front of me who decided to try a whole lot of the items ... not only try them, but stop after each taste and discuss with each other how they liked it oblivious to the people lining up behind them. Mayhem was about to break out when the sole guy at the deli counter called for addtional clerks to help out.

                                                    2. My SO is going to Whole Foods to look for the all-butter pie crust someone mentioned. While he's there he wants to pick up some basil chicken. He's bought this before and I have a feeling that it is unhealthy/fattening/not the thing to eat right before Thanksgiving. It's sort of Thai, with a white sauce--cococut milk, I assume--pieces of chicken, bell pepper and onion and not much basil taste. Has anyone else tried this or know anything about what's in it? Is there a better Asian option I can point him towards?

                                                      1. I picked up a few prepared items on my trip to WF last week, and almost all of them were completely delicious--raisin stuffing and mushroom gravy from the fridge section; penne pasta with a very spicy cream sauce from the counter (the best); and from the salad bar, tofu and shredded vegetables, curried cauliflower, and roasted sweet potatoes with chives. The only loser was the veggie dumplings, which were flavorless.

                                                        1. I have not liked the prepared food at all in the Newton, MA stores except for the baked goods which are ok.

                                                          1. every falafel I've tried from a whole foods salad bar (from CA to MA) has been dry and tasteless. with the exception of the falafel and the occasional bland (and weighty, therefore pricy) beet salad, I like their salad bar. I'm under no delusions about calories or fat; if it looks/feels/tastes unhealthy, it probably is. I think wf is pretty dependable for a casual saladbar/buffet, which is pretty hard to find.

                                                            1. in general, i've been dissapointed with their prepared food. it always looks better than it tastes. saltless and soul-less. the mac and cheese, at my branch in framingham MA, has been gluey, dry and seemingly missing the CHEESE both times i've tried it. the pizza eh. their potato pancakes and zuchinni pancakes have been very good, however. and the orzo salad with feta and greek olives from the salad bar is always good. but everything is way over priced for what you get.

                                                              1. Ranges from good to terrible. I tend to like their tofu dishes. For the most part, I stay away.

                                                                1. Q: What do you think of the prepared foods at WholeFoods?
                                                                  A: I think they're pretty damned expensive. I read the list of ingredients in the deli salads, memorize it, then go home and replicate the salad.

                                                                  1. They cost a fortune.

                                                                    1. Every time I get prepared foods from Whole Foods, they look and smell great. The ingredients on the label makes me think it will taste good. And then I eat it and I cannot for the life of me figure out how something can smell so flavorful yet be so utterly devoid of flavor when I put it in my mouth.

                                                                      1. I should add:

                                                                        Whole foods is a lifesaver for vegetarians, vegans and those who only eat healthful foods.

                                                                        I've gone those routes at various times and depended on Whole Foods. I still work with some vegans and they eat lunch their almost every day.

                                                                        1. I've tried many of the prepared foods at several of the WF branches in the SF Bay Area (including the SF one on Calif.) and my experience has always been the same...the food lucks wonderful, but it is virtually tasteless. I used to have a job where I routinely worked 14 hour days and believe me, I really tried to find something good at WF! I have had good luck with their soup - my fave was the broccoli, but I can't seem to find it anymore. I like the mushroom also. I like the chicken masasla. That is about it...seriously....how sad!

                                                                          1. The Indian Food isn't bad. I had some chicken curry there once that was pretty tasty. I also like the pizza.

                                                                            1. I've never had any prepared foods from Whole Foods that were great. At best they've been good but still not worth the money.

                                                                              1. I like the spinach/strawberry salad and the zucchini pancakes, also the creme brulee french toast.

                                                                                1. I actually like a lot of the food because it's stuff that I would love to make but never have time or inspiration to do. However, it can be pricey (but somewhat similar to other prepared food areas at grocery stores), Don't kid yourself, the food there is not so healthy. A lot of the food is very oil-laden and a lot of the food has mayo in it. I have even noticed that some of the cards are wrong at time, so be careful (same with the salad bar). Sometimes they will not list butter or oil in the ingredient list, but it clearly has it.

                                                                                  Some things they do nicely :

                                                                                  -Roasted Brussle Sprouts with some kind of nuts mixed in
                                                                                  -I LOVE their Mediterrean Chicken Salad. There is no mayo, but the mixture of olive oil, feta and the other ingredients make it so creamy and delicious
                                                                                  -Pesto Shrimp
                                                                                  -Cracklin' Caulifower (indian inspired with some curry powder and peas)
                                                                                  -Sesame Crusted Tofu
                                                                                  -Triple Squash Soup
                                                                                  -Tomato Bisque Soup

                                                                                  1. Also, keep in mind that working at Whole Foods is often a lifesaver for those hoping to enter the food industry but not quite able to handle the long hours and terrible pay. The prepared foods section allow these regional cooks to stay local, hone their craft and still pay their bills. The only downside is that there's no real sense of customer feedback.

                                                                                    You should go back to your WF and tell them, "Hey you overseasoned this or underseasoned that." Improvement only comes from critique.

                                                                                    1. It is rumored that there are people who cook. They could do better than Whole Foods. Most of us Hounds love to dine out. When we do, we'll do better, too. But when time is short, Whole Foods offers some decent eats that are way better than fast food. Hint: It's even faster if it is already in your refrigerator.

                                                                                      Our WF is at Barrington and National in West Los Angeles. The prepared food is behind one long counter. A few of my favorites:
                                                                                      - Turkey Sausage Lasagna --good Italian flavor, cheesy, meaty. Big pieces, so cut 'em up before you microwave them or they will not heat evenly.
                                                                                      - Fumi Tofu Salad --crunchy, slaw-like, satisfying
                                                                                      - Grilled Chicken Breasts --slice onto mayonnaised toast, top with sliced tomato for a feast in 5 minutes
                                                                                      - Turkey Burgers --microwave, top with catsup, don't bother with a bun. The extender is veggies, not bread.
                                                                                      - Grilled Mangos --splurge time

                                                                                      Yes, these are more expensive than the same items in uncooked form. The correct cost comparison is to dining out.

                                                                                      1. Ann Arbor, MI Whole Foods now has pulled pork and other barbecue sandwiches. I won't say they're extraordinary, but for a place close by in a town that isn't strong on BBQ, they're more than adequate. $5.99 gets you chips and one side dish, which is cheap by WF standards.

                                                                                        1. I'm skeptical of Whole Foods prepared deli foods. On their webpage they claim everything in their deli is made in house. I've had their vegetable pot pies, the egg salad, the mac and cheese(yuck, like KFC) and a couple of their baked goods. None of it tasted or looked homemade to me. It all looked like it was pumped out of a factory. The baked goods are similar to that of Panera Bread and I know they don't actually make any of their baked goods(I used to work there). Everything there comes in boxes frozen. Whole Foods seems the same way. I work at a co-op grocery store bakery now where everything actually is made totally from scratch in house. I just can't see this happening at Whole Foods. I've peeked back into their Bakery/Deli kitchen area and I just don't see that much action happening back there. I think they are trying to fool us all. Has anyone actually worked in a Whole Foods deli? If so please shed some light on this for us?

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                                                                                          1. re: Doobius

                                                                                            Never worked there, but I've been told by employees that much of the deli food comes in from regional commissaries. That makes sense, as the WFs in the SF Bay Area have some different stuff than the Southern CA stores.

                                                                                            1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                              Yep, I've had the employees tell me something to the effect of "we haven't ordered that, lately", when I asked about a particular item.

                                                                                            2. re: Doobius

                                                                                              the amount of food that actually gets made on the premises depends on the size of the store & the kitchen. they all get at least some of the product from the commissary, but some of the stores have such tiny kitchens that they have to bring in nearly all of it, and only prep things like the vegetables for the salad bar in-house.

                                                                                            3. I am alos annoyed at the high cost of the deli items, so I only allow myself to get a few things. My 2 favorites are the Roman Tuna Salad and the Cranberry Tuna Salad. I have replicated both at home, with great results, but if you are away from home and have a craving, this is a very satisfying lunch. their tarragon chicken salad is also good, though extremely expensive.

                                                                                              1. I love whole foods Nd have been shopping there for at least 10 years...

                                                                                                I'm kind of addicted to the (hot) brown rice tofu bowl. The spicy shrimp inari sushi. The emerald sesame raw kale salad. The lobster chowder. The brussel sprouts and the cauliflower in the hot bar. The pizza is good depending on who makes it. Had a blackeded catfish from the deli the other day that was delish.

                                                                                                I've never had a problem with anything being too salty, but i'm a saltaholic and always add lots and lots of hawaiian sea salt to EVERYTHING (even grapefruit!) :)

                                                                                                1. Love their grilled chicken breasts (plain & lemon) - thick cut and not dried out like most. They are expensive (1 cutlet averages about $4.50) but each cutlet is 2 servings for me.
                                                                                                  Just tried the beef empanada last night and it was very tasty with a lovely dough.

                                                                                                  1. Generally it looks better than it tastes. Mediocre food, very overpriced, with a few exceptions.I do like their roast beef which is very rare, I their mac and cheese and the quesadiilas are also very good but pricy.

                                                                                                    1. I find all of it overly oily (canola oil, too) and salty. Often crusty on top, as if it's been sitting for a long time. And expensive to boot.

                                                                                                      1. way too much salt in their prepared foods!

                                                                                                        1. I used to enjoy and even looking forward to treating myself to the prepared bar on the rare occasions I visit WF. I like all of the grain + veggie dishes. But the price tag recently rose from whatever splurge level it was before to $8.49/lb, which is just ridiculous.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                            That may have to do with the salad bar going completely organic?

                                                                                                          2. I admit that it's hit or miss at least at my local Whole Foods. There are a few prepared foods that I really enjoy though -

                                                                                                            Soups: wide range of soups both packaged and on the hot food bar. In particular, I like the soups near the seafood counter and have enjoyed many a bowl of clam chowder, Maryland crab soup and crab and corn chowder. As for the packaged soups, I love the turkey chili with white beans

                                                                                                            I always browse the deli counter with the prepared lunch and dinner dishes and never really see much of interest but yesterday I spotted a warm fresh container of pot roast with gravy, potatoes and carrots and couldn't resist. I have to admit it was pretty good - the beef was tender and the gravy had great flavor.

                                                                                                            Great cornbread!

                                                                                                            I am not a fan of the salad bar - the random assortment of pasta and marinated vegetables just doesn't do it for me and the side of the bar with actual ingredients for a green salad are not impressive and much more expensive than anything I could make at home.

                                                                                                            1. My friend really liked their tuna salad. She went online and found the recipe to be able to make it at home.

                                                                                                              1. I have trouble finding things that are in my low carb diet plan there. I have had the food on vacation, when I was desperate for anything healthy. I've yet to be wildly pleased.

                                                                                                                1. Each time I've gone there to get a prepared dinner, I've noticed that staff have a hell of a time keeping serving utensils reserved for one tray only.

                                                                                                                  On the taste of the food, nothing has ever stood out. My favorite thing at any whole foods is the honey roasted peanut butter, and when it existed at the Houston St. location (in Manhattan), the cheese nook (for sure, a nook).

                                                                                                                  1. the hot bar always has delicious smells coming from it, but so far I haven't tried anything. Our WF (Plymouth Meeting, PA) has a taco truck on the roof, which is terrific, and very popular.

                                                                                                                    I recently started purchasing their fresh pasta - made by a mom & pop company in NJ and shipped to our WF every couple days. They cut the linguini to order. it was really terrific and not terribly expensive - a little less than the stuff I see in the supermarket. On Tuesdays the fresh pasta goes on sale with the store made sauces - a quick and easy dinner.

                                                                                                                    1. I enjoy their carrot/ginger soup when I don't have time to make my own. The carrot/fennel/almond soup is REALLY good and I have yet been able to duplicate it

                                                                                                                      The turkey gravy is very good, better than I can make (hangs head in shame).

                                                                                                                      The sushi guys are very nice and will customize anything. Top of line? NO but good quality and my sons preferred after school snack when we have to head to the hockey rink (Its right next door)

                                                                                                                      My husband thinks the fried chicken is hit or miss. He has loved on occasion but has also found it greasy/salty. He pretty much skips it now.

                                                                                                                      The sandwiches also run the gamut- the turkey and cheese on cranberry bread is great, ham brie standard, the tuna salad awful.

                                                                                                                      They rotate in different salads in the prepared food case- the curried chicken is quite good as is the Israeli couscous with roasted veggies.

                                                                                                                      I am not a dessert person so I like their mini pies and cakes and while I don't eat them my husband and son never complain

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                                                                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                        I haven't had the best luck with their regular sized cakes although the pies are fantastic! However, the mini cheesecakes are quite delicious and I don't even like cheesecake usually.

                                                                                                                      2. The last time I was in a WF I thought that the BBQ section was delicious..been awhile though.

                                                                                                                        Does anyone know if they offer the nutritional information for their food bar? For a store like WF I would think that they would, but I can't find anything.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: KellyD123

                                                                                                                          They don't have them in the store and AFAIK the company doesn't calculate the info for most hot bar & prepared foods. If an item's recipe is available on the WFM website you can get the calculations there, otherwise you're out of luck.

                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                            Yea, either online recipes or sometimes the food on the food bar is also sold prepackaged and at my store they always have nutrition facts.

                                                                                                                        2. I just ate there for lunch today. Pulled pork NC style, chili grits and garlic green beans. Sounds great, right? It was fine, but not great. That's been my experience every time I eat from their hot meal bar. Evrything looks better than it tastes.

                                                                                                                          1. I recently had green beans in a curryesque brown sauce with lots of sliced onions. Probably because I got there early, the beans were cooked to perfection (more tender than crisp, but not by much). It had lots of cumin. Just delicious.

                                                                                                                            I know I liked the chicken that accompanied the green beans, but because the beans were so good, I've completely forgotten the chicken.

                                                                                                                            1. I recently discovered the best store-bought soups ever, at the Whole Foods. Called "Fresh Kitchen," these soups are packaged in a plastic pouch, which makes for a fresher taste and longer shelf life according to the label.

                                                                                                                              I've tried the Ginger Carrot Soup, the Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup, and the Posole Soup. All were excellent -- rich, thick, and fresh-tasting. The Ginger Carrot actually had some nice heat to it. The Lemon Chicken Artichoke had a lot of other vegetables in it in addition to artichokes. The Posole wasn't exactly like Mexican Pozole, but was good nonetheless, with chicken and hominy, and also some heat. There might have been a fourth variety that we didn't try.

                                                                                                                              I found these at the Whole Foods in Tustin (Orange County and they're presumably available elsewhere. The cost is about $7 for 24 oz.

                                                                                                                              1. Excellent question.
                                                                                                                                I'm a huge fan of their prepared foods. That's mostly what I buy there. I'll hit the hot bar for lunch (or breakfast, which is quite good). Sometimes if I don't see something I want I'll hit the prepped food at the deli (there's always some sort of mac and cheese as an offering). Speaking of, a few weeks ago I picked up a premade vat of mac and cheese and it was EXCELLENT (I nuked it).

                                                                                                                                Lastly, I had the flu around New Years and was barely eating. Once I was back up and running I sent my wife out to WF to get me some pre made chicken soup. It was great. I love being able to bring that to a sick friend when needed.

                                                                                                                                One more thing: one of the best slices of pizza I've had was from WF. It was fig with proscuitto and balsamic. mmmmmm.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: masha bousha

                                                                                                                                  I'll put in another amen for that mac and cheese. I've bought it both as the holiday meals pre-assembled ready to bake and also the already baked ready to heat in the rotisserie section and they are both great.

                                                                                                                                2. It's hit or miss, and very expensive. I like the fried chicken, the crust is nice, especially for a steam table. The mashed potatoes are very good, but beware-I once filled up a to-go carton with a healthy helping for two, the total came to $25 dollars. I'm not exaggerating. They used to have a beet salad that was delicious, it had red onions and was very vinegary, but it seems to have been replaced with one with ginger, of which I am not a fan. They also used to have risotto cakes in their deli case, which I LOVED, but I haven't seen them for a few years. Someone mentioned they weren't into the London broil, but I actually liked it-I served it cold with a homemade chimichurri. The Mexican food in the hot area never looked appealing to me, and I've always thought their falafels were awful. Their house made curry potato chips are addictive. I'm also a fan of the cranberry tuna salad, and most of the little cakes and cheesecakes.

                                                                                                                                  1. I love the marinated mushrooms on the olive bar as well as the marinated roasted tomatoes.