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Where is the Dean and De Luca's of San Diego?

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Hayday Dec 28, 2006 09:59 PM

I can find good elements from different places. EG. Siesels for meat, Bread and cie for bread, Wine bank for wine, etc. but short of going to Whole Foods I cant think of a single one stop shop that is high quality across the board. Is there a shop I dont know about? Ive only lived in SD a few years.

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    eatemup Dec 29, 2006 02:59 PM

    Try the relatively new Bristol Farms market in the Costa Verde center near UTC. No bargains but they have many things that are difficult to find.

    1. Alice Q Dec 29, 2006 03:24 PM

      I second that. I hate that it's owned by Albertsons, but you can get many of the things you must be looking for. The bakery is a weak spot and does not compare to Dean and Deluca for pastries, etc. but the produce, deli, meat, wine section and packaged products are good.

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        Hayday Dec 29, 2006 07:14 PM

        I went to Bristol farms right around their opening. Seems like Whole Foods has more selection. Ill give it another try.

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          rotochicken Dec 29, 2006 08:50 PM

          I have to agree with this. I find Whole Foods to have both a generally higher quality selection and lower prices on things of equivalent quality. I think the produce at Bristol Farms is not 'premium' quality, but priced as such. I would also say the meat at Whole Foods wins hands down. Bristol Farms does have a nice cheese section and prepared foods section - equivalent or maybe even a little better than Whole Foods. The service in this department is also excellent - many friendly people around and they'll let you try something before buying it. Expensive, yes, but as long as you can try it first you can be sure you want to pay. I had an excellent Ahi salad that was not overpriced.

          I would only go to Bristol Farms in the future for the prepared foods and some different cheeses than Whole Foods.

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            maestra Jan 5, 2007 12:09 AM

            For me, there is nothing from Whole Foods and almost nothing from Bristol that I can't find at Major Market or Trader Joe's, which are right next door to each other in Escondido. Major Market is a treasure. It appears to be a regular grocery store at first, but the shelves are packed with gourmet products, European imports, and hard-to-find regional domestic items. Their bakery is blah, but they do occasionally carry seasonal exotic fruits and vegetables. Prices are competitive with other chains, and thus less then WF or BF. They also have a store in Fallbrook. Any specialty items that are not necessarily of the "gourmet" persuasion are MUCH cheaper at any appropriate ethnic market than WF or BF.

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              honkman Jan 5, 2007 01:40 PM

              I completely agree on Major Market but Trader Joe's (not only in Escondido) is overrated. They have sometimes some good stuff but on average their stuff is not so good.

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            SRosie Jan 5, 2007 12:52 AM

            we buy Bread and cie bread all the time for Challah Bread french toast... generally, I go to Ralphs on Sports Arena or Olive Tree Market on Sunset Cliffs in OB.

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              normalheightsfoodie Jan 5, 2007 04:53 PM

              You should try TASTE in Hillcrest for cheese. You can get great produce at the Farmers Market on Sunday mornings in Hillcrest, on Normal Street.

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                mikec Jan 5, 2007 05:46 PM

                Agree about Taste. Not just for cheese, but they also have some well-selected upper-end Balsamics and EVOO's. Occaisionally Foie. They used to get bread from a pretty good supplier other than B&C, but I'm not sure if they still do.

                Also, for produce, you might want to try Specialty Produce in the Morena Area. It's wholesale, but they will sell to individuals with exact change cash. During Morel season, they'll have Morels for 1/3 the retail price.

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                foodforthought Jan 7, 2007 01:52 AM

                Not to make it more difficult by adding one more place to go...but I love Peolpe's in OB. There deli exceeds every other market deli in the city-the salads, soups, etc. are savory and very healthy(however it is vegan). I wouldn't say they have a great wine selection-but they are all organic. Baron's on Midway has great deals and a great selection of wines and beers. They also added more organic meats and veggies-but the produce at Peoples is still consistently better.

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