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Grocery Outlet - Berkeley - Lindt 70% bars $.99 each

choctastic Dec 29, 2006 04:28 AM

Am visiting from Los Angeles and heard about this place. Went in and immediately zoomed in on the candy aisle which had these and some Lindt dark chocolate w/ pear (never tried that one before). I ripped off the wrapper of a bar after buying it and there was no bloom on it and it looked and tasted just as good as usual. went back in and bought a box (of 12) for $12. $12. amazing.

big wine section but i know nothing of wine so couldn't tell you if there were any deals.

  1. Melanie Wong Dec 29, 2006 04:43 AM

    Sounds like the Lindt "Excellence" is back on the shelves again.

    When I was in my local Grocery Outlet before Thanksgiving, the outrageous deal in the wine department was 2003 (?) Gallo Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for something like $5 or $6. I've recommended it before as a screaming buy at $11 at discounters, after tasting it a few months ago, and at this price, it's insane.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      choctastic Dec 29, 2006 06:23 AM

      correct, these were the excellence bars. sorry about my lack of detail.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Gary Soup Dec 29, 2006 01:43 PM

        The Lindt Excellence bars are always available at Cost Plus World Market, including the unflavored 85% bar {not at 99 cents, yhough).

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          choctastic Dec 29, 2006 10:32 PM

          just checked and the gallo sonoma reserve cab 2003 is $5.

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            TomG Dec 31, 2006 12:07 AM

            Melanie, just picked up and tasted a bottle of GO's Gallo 2003 cab. There must be considerable bottle variation. Ours had no nose or fruit and was badly oxidized. Not a good deal even @ $4.99

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              Melanie Wong Dec 31, 2006 12:08 AM

              That sounds like damaged goods. Be sure to take it back.

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                TomG Dec 31, 2006 12:22 AM

                Damn, now you tell me. We sat out in the parking lot and finished the bottle with 4 Lindt bars.

                Cheers-Damaged Goods

                1. re: TomG
                  Melanie Wong Dec 31, 2006 12:43 AM

                  Heheh, I'm a fan of the parking lot rating system too!

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                  Don't be shy about taking a bad bottle back to get a good one for quaffing al asphalt.

          2. rworange Dec 29, 2006 04:44 AM

            Chocolate/pear bars sound good. Thanks for the heads up. I was planning on heading over there to pick up some more white table wine.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/354252

            I'm kind of considering some Goldy's cheese spreads for New Years. Never tried them before, but they had twin packs of cranberry/walnut and Pumpkin for something like $2.50, IIRC, which is a lot less than they sell for in a regular market.

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            1. re: rworange
              choctastic Dec 29, 2006 06:35 AM

              i personally am not a huge pear/choco fan. However at this price I was compelled to try one and I gotta say it was better than I thought it would be. It had little bits of dried pear and some almond slivers inside. I ate it all.

            2. Gary Soup Dec 29, 2006 04:49 AM

              Did they have the Lindt Excellence 85 percent bar? That would really be a find at that price.

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                choctastic Dec 29, 2006 06:22 AM

                no sorry, just the 2 types described above. i thought even these were a deal. but i'll keep my eyes out for other stuff. i'm going to the oakland store tomorrow. we have one of these stores in LA but the stuff there is really different and the store is smaller. however i did snag some cans of organic beluga lentils at the LA store, 3 for a dollar. none were dented and they were delicious. also snagged a huge can of organic westbrae garbanzos for 99 cents a can. I think that can had about a gallon of garbanzos in it.

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                theSauce Dec 30, 2006 04:30 PM

                Grocery Outlet is a perfect place for those watching their budget. They sell items that are close to expiring, but you can find some really good bargains.

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                  bourbongirl Dec 31, 2006 01:04 AM

                  Just bought a bottle of the Gallo Cab. Hope I got the Melanie variety instead of the "no nose" damaged goods. I'll report back once I open it.

                  Also, the Global Brands Classic Chocolate cream filled cookies are a steal at 99 cents/box. Good with coffee, tea, or ice cream. Very addictive.

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                  1. re: bourbongirl
                    Atomica Jan 3, 2007 03:32 PM

                    We bought some of the Gallo Cabernet and I like it pretty well. Even better is the Little Valley 2005 Cabernet Franc. I'd like to go back and snag a bunch more of that.

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                    Electramama Jan 13, 2007 02:59 AM

                    I just tried the Little Valley 2005 Cab Franc (which I bought some time ago at GO and only just last night got to opening) and I was thrilled with it. Went back for more but only found the 2005 Cabernet. Bought a couple of bottles for 5.99 then found this on the web (winelibrary.com) about the Cabernet Sauvignon: "Shockingly great value. This little Napa Cab will blow you away. Supple, rich, concentrated and pack with black fruit, this is simply stunning for only $13. It is almost impossible to find a better value than this from California." I tried this one tonight and found the review to be true. Found the Cab Franc at another GO and excitedly bought 6 bottles.

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                    1. re: Electramama
                      Atomica Jan 13, 2007 01:24 PM

                      We went back last week and bought 2.5 cases of the Cab Franc.

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                        bourbongirl Jan 19, 2007 05:50 PM

                        I haven't tried the Cab Franc yet, but I will pick it up on my next visit.

                        So far, my favorite GrocOut wine is the 2000 Capay Valley Syrah. I believe the price was $3.99. This wine had so much personality! Very smoky...less so (and more drinkable in my opinion) the second day after opening. Would pair well with pork (but it was also damned good w/ my homemade chili). Highly recommended!

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                          David Carlson Mar 7, 2007 02:48 PM

                          Disclosure - I work for Grocery Outlet in their corporate office in Berkeley.
                          Little Valley is a secondary label for Duckhorn. It's a little young - should get even better if you lay it down for a few years. We got it because they needed to empty their tanks in preparation for last year's crush...

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                            Atomica Mar 7, 2007 05:19 PM

                            Is there any left?

                            1. re: David Carlson
                              Melanie Wong Apr 7, 2007 10:50 AM

                              Thanks for the information, David. I picked up a bottle of the 2005 Little Valley Merlot and popped the cork this week. It was excellent in the brasato I made, and delivered quite a bit in the glass too. It has much more personality that Merlots double, even quadruple the $4.99 price. Initially, it shows more bite than typical for inexpensve Merlot but mellows out quickly with layers of red and black fruit, nicely integrated touch of toasty oak, and a soft round finish of medium length. No, it doesn't have the intensity of Duckhorn's "regular" merlot, but it does have the character and balance of good starting material. I enjoyed a glass with the braised short ribs. I think it will drink well for a couple years.

                              1. re: Melanie Wong
                                baron45 Apr 12, 2007 06:30 PM

                                I went to the Berkeley location today and the Little Valley Merlots are now $7.99. But there were Covey Run Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs for $1.49 each or $11.99 a case.

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                            zippo Jan 13, 2007 08:33 PM

                            anyone try the Wheeler 1994 Zinfindel ($2.99?) from Grocery Outlet? had a few bottles and the cork crumbled and half of it fell back into the wine. don't know much about wines but it seemed ultra smooth, not vinegary, maybe because of its age.is a 13-y-o zin with a bad cork worthwhile for $3? didn't find anything when trying to google it.

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                            1. re: zippo
                              Robert Lauriston Jan 19, 2007 01:13 AM

                              A crumbling cork is annoying but not necessarily a sign of any problem with the wine except getting it open.

                            2. Ruth Lafler Jan 13, 2007 08:49 PM

                              The only thing that really matters is whether it was worthwhile to you. A wine you like for $3 sounds like a good deal. A wine you don't like isn't worth buying at any price.

                              A properly made Zinfandel should age nicely. I just paid big bucks for some 20-year-old Zins from a well-known producer.

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                                zippo Jan 13, 2007 09:09 PM

                                thanks, Ruth. I did like it a lot, maybe the smoothest wine I've gottern from Grocery Outlet and figured that it might have cost much more if the cork had been ok.

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                                  Ruth Lafler Jan 13, 2007 09:44 PM

                                  From your description, it sounds like that wine might have gotten lost in the back of a warehouse somewhere.

                                  Aged Zinfandels can be wonderful. I had one last month that felt like velvet in the mouth.

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                                MIss G Jan 13, 2007 08:54 PM

                                OMG! Where is there Grocery Outlet in the Bay Area? I'm a recent SF to Sonoma transplant but have always trekked to the GO in the Monterey Bay Area by my parents' place....Thanks

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                                1. re: MIss G
                                  Melanie Wong Jan 13, 2007 09:48 PM

                                  There's a Grocery Outlet at 4th and College Ave. in Santa Rosa. I like it very much because it doesn't seem to get as much traffic as some of the others and the good stuff stays on the shelf longer. Also Petaluma, but I haven't been to that one to comment.

                                  Grocery Outlet
                                  http://www.groceryoutlets.com
                                  1116 4th St
                                  Santa Rosa, CA 95404
                                  (707) 566-0530

                                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                                    drmimi Apr 7, 2007 09:01 PM

                                    The Petaluma one is on East Washington just below the river. There are gems there at times. I go when I don't have short human in tow-- sometimes you really have to browse (and check expiration dates carefully).

                                    I think worth the trip, especially if you are on a budget and want a reasonable splurge.

                                  2. re: MIss G
                                    susancinsf Jan 13, 2007 09:54 PM

                                    as Melanie notes, Santa Rosa would be the closest to you; there is also one in Oakland on Broadway:

                                    http://www.groceryoutlets.com/storefi...

                                    1. re: susancinsf
                                      drmimi Apr 7, 2007 09:04 PM

                                      Petaluma is a shorter drive to Sonoma than Sonoma to Santa Rosa (a really windy slow drive at times).

                                      I can make it to Sonoma in about 15-20 minutes from my east side location. Grocery Outlet is about 10 minutes from my house even in crosstown traffic. While in Petaluma, check out G and G at Sonoma Mountain Parkway and Riesling. Another wonderful market.

                                    2. re: MIss G
                                      psb Jan 19, 2007 03:44 AM

                                      Do you drive by google on your trek to Monterey?

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                                      zippo Jan 19, 2007 01:10 AM

                                      Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, 6-pack of 12-oz bottles at Oakland Grocery Outlet for $2.99. 4.9% alcohol by volume, contract brewed by Pyramid Brewery in Portland. made with pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinamon and other spices, according to the reviews.

                                      Buffalo Bill in Hayward was one of the first microbreweries in the US. and about 15 years ago I would drive down to Hayward and buy 22 oz. bottles of the pumpkin ale to drink for the Halloween season. Just had two bottles of the new version and it goes well with pizza and for the price sure beats Keystone or Milwaukee's best. The clove flavor is unmistakable.

                                      Link to Beer Advocate reviews:
                                      http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

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                                      1. re: zippo
                                        rworange Jan 19, 2007 06:19 AM

                                        That's another price difference between outlets. In Berkeley & San Pablo it is $3.99.

                                        1. re: zippo
                                          Atomica Jan 19, 2007 12:04 PM

                                          I've always found Pyramid's flavored ales to be GACK! And their regular beers not far behind. Almost nothing is worse than that apricot swill they make. I have a friend who works for Pyramid in Seattle and helped the owners manage the opening of the stores in the Bay Area, so I've drunk quite a bit of free Pyramid. Subpar product.

                                          1. re: Atomica
                                            rworange Jan 19, 2007 06:51 PM

                                            IIRC, this year Pyramid (aka Buffalo Bill) put out the best of the pumpkin ales I tried.
                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                        2. Melanie Wong Jan 19, 2007 07:40 AM

                                          Here's what I found in Marina -
                                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361867

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                                          1. re: Melanie Wong
                                            choctastic Jan 19, 2007 03:57 PM

                                            they had a ton of this NZ butter in the Berkeley store in early Jan (disappeared quickly) and I even found it in the LA store recently. They also had european challenge butter that went even quicker. the NZ butter is a very deep yellow color but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to taste it. I did use a little for some baking and it felt like plugra though i haven't used plugra in a while so i could be making it up.

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                                            zippo Apr 7, 2007 07:27 PM

                                            After a Masala Dosa ($6.25 plus tax) at Vik's at Allston Way and 4th Street in Berkeley, hit the Berkeley Grocery Outlet for a few bargains:

                                            - Covey Run (Washington State) 2004 Chardonnay, 750ml bottle, $1.49 per bottle or better yet, $11.88 for a case of 12 (99 cents each). They have a sign up claiming that it got an 86 or 87 from Wine Spectator. Found the link: Harvey Steiman gave it an 86: "Lively, with citrusy acidity and lime flavors most prominent, finishing with a refreshing zip. Drink now."

                                            Link: http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Dai...

                                            - also the Covey Run 2004 Sauvignon Blanc (corrected from Cab Sauv), same prices.
                                            -Mickey's Malt Liquor, box of 12 barrel-shaped bottles of 12 oz each for about $8.
                                            - Bruce Aidells Chicken and Apple Sausage, 9 oz, freeze or use by 4/17/07, $1.99

                                            Walked past the newly opened Kabab n Curry (used to be the site of Mugal) at 1160 University (few doors east of San Pablo Ave) and it had what appeared to be several satisfied customers.

                                            My only disappointment of the afternoon was that the $1 clothing rack at the Out-Of-the-Closet Thirft Shop at University and California had been picked pretty clean and I think that they restock it on Sundays or Mondays.

                                            Next week: Chicken Biryani at Vik's, a couple more bottles of Covey Run and another pass at the $1 clothing rack at OOC.

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                                            1. re: zippo
                                              Melanie Wong Apr 7, 2007 07:45 PM

                                              You've had a good day! Thanks for the report.

                                            2. rworange Apr 8, 2007 11:29 AM

                                              Well, it might be too late for some of you Easter celebrators, but I bought a dozen of Organic Valley large eggs for $1.59 yesterday. Expiration date was the end of April and they were perfect At Raley's these are about $4 a dozen.

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                                                banchory bolo Apr 8, 2007 10:33 PM

                                                I must say that this is a terribly exciting thread! I live less than a mile from the Berkeley GO, and I was always too scared to go in it. I imagined it was nothing more than dented cans of Progresso soup and moldy fruit. After hearing about the wine and chocolate, I'm going to have to add it to my post-Vik's activities. I blame all of you for the attendant weight gain.

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                                                  Stephanie Sugars Apr 12, 2007 06:21 PM

                                                  Not to discourage you, but a good attitude for GO is, "go with an open mind". Stock varies by location and over time and many items are one time only. It's best to take your time & look around - you might miss the chocolate, but find some great imported cheese. Good luck!

                                                  Here's an interesting review http://www.metroactive.com/papers/son...

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