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Jan 18, 2007 10:36 PM

Whoopie pies @ Hostess Outlet (East Bay) & question about Earthgrains Outlet in SF

First ... question about the Earthgrains Outlet on Folsom & 16th in SF ... anything worthwhile there?

I passed that place weekly for over a decade on my drive from my condo to visit my mom at Laguna Honda. Never stopped.

However, I would hear reports from relatives at the nursing facility that some amazing bargains could be had here. The one that sticks in my mind was a dozen and a half of cinnamon buns for 79 cents. It seems they have some bargain groceries too.

Is this place worth a stop?

Outlets are not my thing ... however, after getting clued into the wine at Grocery Outlet (dang you, MW), I was on my way to check out what was available at the San Pablo branch this week.

For over two years, I've passed by the nearby Wonder Hostess Thrift Bakery on 1946 23rd St, San Pablo. I thought I'd stop.

If anyone is interested, they had boxes of whoppie pies. There seem to be other outlets in the Bay Area.

Other than the pies, this really is a sucky store.

They carry a few other groceries in addition to bread, but the prices are not really a bargain ... and everything looks stale and dusty. Packages of Twinkies are 69 cents each ... I pay less than that for fresh (if there is such a thing) Twinkies at Raley's.

They have this sign on the window that Wonder Bread is 69 cents, but you have to buy three sorta stale loaves to get the reduced price. Otherwise the loaf is about the same price as a fresh (so to speak) loaf of Wonder Bread at Raley's.

In the future, as far as this place, I'll just continue to drive by. It is places like this that give outlet stores a bad reputation.

Wonder Hostess Thrift Bakery
1946 23rd St
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 215-5736

Earthgrains Outlett
1990 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 986-5348

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  1. It's always worth looking at the breads at Grocery Outlet. Sometimes you'll find Alvarado.

    While we're at it, how about the Entemann's/Orowheat outlet in SF?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      okay i realize that all my postings on groc out make me look like a freak but I must say that $2 is the ave price for the whole wheat breads I've seen there and I can get bread on sale at Berkeley Bowl at that price so I only bought bread there once.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I get Vital Vittles there. Makes the best toast, I think.

      2. I wonder if the Wonder Bread outlet bakes their bread there? The reason I'm asking is that when I'm driving home Mon-Fri around 3pm (westbound on 580) I always notice the smell of bread baking. How funny!

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        1. re: Cindy

          Not this particular outlet. There are other outlets though in that area, I think. The San Pablo outlet isn't close at all to the nearest freeway (80) and the only smell in that place was stale bread. It was like being inside of an old-fashioned breadbox.

        2. I like the Oroweat-Entenmann's Outlet at 1798 Bryant St
          San Francisco, (415) 863-4773

          1. You might want to post this on the chains board too, I am sure there are some 'not to miss' items that most Earthegrains carries. I have been to several bread outlets in various cities and found them to be pretty consistent w/one another and have usually found good deals. Many have a bargain day, where the deals are really good. If you go on bargain day, go when they first open as it is a haven for SAHMs with lots of kiddies and people on fixed incomes (and people like me who hate to spend $4 for a loaf of bread). I don't suggest going the day after as the supply is generally picked over.

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