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Just a quick survey of chowhounders... anyone have some feedback on trader joe;s arlington? Specifically, how are the prices for staples like nuts, pastas, oils, etc and are there any can't miss deals to be had? Let me know!

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  1. When we go to Wilson Farm we usually make a pit stop at the Arlington TJ's just because it's near by. That store has fewer products than the others... but the prices are the same. All in all, if you like TJ's to begin with, you have your favorites and can pick them up at all Trader Joes stores. I for one am very happy they are within reach.

    1. Unlike other locations, though, no Two Buck Chuck to be found (i.e., beer or wine). That's a con for our household.

      1. It's just like any other TJ's except a bit smaller and lacking in beer/wine. Other than alcohol, a big loss, I can't think of anything we get at the Cambridge location that we can't get in Arlington (they're about equidistant from us). As for prices, you can get most things cheaper at Market Basket. We've stopped buying staples like pasta, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, beans, etc. at TJ's. However, their cereals and frozen foods are still better than MB and we love their Belgian chocolate...

        1. I go there about twice a month. Prices are pretty good for staples; excellent prices for olive oil and some of the nuts they sell. Pasta prices are pretty good, too. I used to go a lot, but I'm not crazy about the layout of the place (narrow aisles, lots of jostling), and the parking situation is terrible.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            Indeed, parking at the Arlington TJ's is awful. I am equidistant from that TJs and the one in Burlington on the Middlesex Turnpike, and only go to Arlington when I have other business in that direction.

            As for the lack of beer and wine, TJ is only allowed by law to sell alcoholic beverages in three locations state-wide. This would have been changed by the referendum a couple of years ago, if that small-town police chief had not falsely claimed in radio ads that every gas-station convenience store would be selling alcohol if it passed. (slightly off-topic rant, but an explanation for the absence of 2-buck-chuck in most TJ's.)

            1. re: peregrine

              Arlington is a dry town...no one is allowed to sell alcohol.

              1. re: tallullah

                Actually, that's no longer the case. Arlington restaurants have been serving alcohol for awhile now, and there is a liquor store on Broadway. No bars yet, though...

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  There are not any actual liquor stores in town, but at least 2 shops that sell beer and wine...no spirits.

                  1. re: Steve L

                    2 shops? I knew about the wine shop on Broadway. What is the other place?

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      There's one across Mass Ave from Za - the Giles Wine Shop, if I recall correctly.

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        The wine shop on Broadway is excellent. They are incredibly helpful and I've found several reasonably priced bottles via their guidance. Nice neighborhood place.

                        1. re: vanna f.k.a. babette

                          Is that Menotomy? Somehow, that place always falls off my radar. Will have to check it out soon (or I'm liable to forget about it all over again).

                      2. re: Steve L

                        And that is also no longer true: The Meat House now sells limited amounts of beer, wine and liquor and has for at least 6 mos.

                  2. re: peregrine

                    I'm still upset that referendum was shot down. It'd be great to buy a case of beer for less than $20 one of these days....

                2. I live closer to Arlington but always go to the Cambridge TJs...and it's not just for the wine :) the parking situation is wretched in Arlington, probably worse than you can even imagine. It is also the smallest TJs in the area and I don't think their selection of cereal is as large, for example. Prices are pretty much the same at any TJs. IMO: Market Basket is the place to go for staples, McKinnons for meat, Market Basket/Russo's for vegs, TJs for wine, Whole Foods on pay day :)

                  1. I'd go to the one in Burlington or the one in Cambridge - I used to live by the one in Arlington and shopped there all the time, and it's fine, but smaller than the others and as everyone said, no alcohol (no alcohol in Burlington, either). But yeah, good prices on staples, esp. the ones you mentioned - also coffee - and you get to know their weird little things that you love. They have great frozen entrees (and I never, ever buy that kind of thing at supermarkets), pretty good prices on cheeses, and lots of unique TJs drygoods stuff you'll learn to love.

                    1. I was really hoping that the law on stores selling wine would change just for Trader Joes. Boy did I call that one wrong. I thought the liquor store negative ads were ridiculous but I guess they did work. By the way, do people buy Trader Joe's almonds? I used to but they were consistently stale.

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                      1. re: DTHEASH1

                        Almonds are actually very nice at TJ's - almost the best price around at $4.99 for a 1 lb bag. They do taste different because they are raw. Only other better price I've found is $13/3 lbs at Sam's Club other than for CVS matching it when they put em on sale. Not even MB matches it - raw almonds are $8.99 for 1.5 lbs which recently went on sale for $8.49. Yes, I go through a lot of this product so I watch the pricing closely.

                        1. re: kreptol

                          You do know you're replying to and unearthing a six-year-old thread?

                      2. Kind of hi-jacking the thread a bit: has anyone seen truffle oil in any of the Boston area Trader Joes recently?

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                        1. re: Alcachofa

                          I happened to be at the Arlington store yesterday (I even managed a parking place w/o waiting!) and asked. The manager said that he hasn't heard anything about them restocking the truffle oil, and there wasn't any on the shelf. That's the one frustrating thing about TJ's. If you get attached to a product and they discontinue it, you're out of luck.

                          1. re: bear

                            Thanks for all the great feedback! I'm already a fan of the Basket in Somerville (despite the almost deadly onslaught of carts at the checkout) and have begrudgingly remained at Shaws for organic goods (Wild Oats was a standby... but alas...) so the new tips on TJ's are much appreciated. I will try to make my way to the Cambridge store as per your suggestions !