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Dec 29, 2006 04:28 AM

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

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.

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: Melanie Wong

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

        1. re: Melanie Wong

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

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            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

            1. re: TomG

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

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                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

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


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

          2. 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.

            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

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

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              1. re: Gary Soup

                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.

              2. 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.

                1. 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

                    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.