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Eating at Whole Foods vs Wegman's

JEDIKNIGHT Sep 15, 2008 03:43 PM

I eat at Wegman's all the time. Enjoy the Asian food, some of it. Also the sushi and especially the Sub sandwiches.

Never eaten at Whole Foods and was curious if anyone here has eaten at Whole Foods AND Wegman's and could share what the differences are?


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    Smiles123 Aug 20, 2013 05:42 PM

    I have worked at both stores and trust me whole foods is a thousand times better quality than wegmans! The knowledge at wholefoods is great and I would et there any day! I am in a different career now but the sub shop at wegmans oh my I worked there and would never touch there meats they are bottom grade full of fillers and that is why they are cheap . Wholefoods never has recalls you have to be certified and approved to sell or be a vendor at wholefoods and there standards are much higher that is why you pay a little more. Now a days you do want to be sure what you are eating!

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    1. re: Smiles123
      fldhkybnva Aug 21, 2013 09:48 AM

      I have noticed that even at the deli, that many of the meats at Wegmans have fillers although I still love the place, well I love both places and shop frequently at them both however I love the Applegate and Wellshire Farms line of products sold at Whole Foods.

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      yankeefan Sep 16, 2008 10:55 AM

      I think both are hit or miss on the salad bars. I find the whole foods cold salad bar to be quite good and go great with their breads, which depend on location for sure. Tempeh, tofu items are usually very good.

      In terms of rest of the shopping, I strongly prefer Wegmans based on volume, value and selection.

      1. Manassas64 Sep 15, 2008 08:59 PM

        I am a Wegman's maniac. I do my weekly grocery shopping there exclusively. I love everything about it EXCEPT their prepared foods and bakery sweets.

        I think it's the oil they use. There is something in the way they prepare both the salad bar food and the counter food that has this odd taste, no matter what food it is. The only common denominator is oil. Plus, I find a lot of their stuff bland, too. The lasagna is not made with whole milk ricotta, so it has an odd consistency and taste. The rotisserie chickens are good when they are hot, but are dried out by the next morning (so I use it for soup or stock).

        The bakery is hit and miss. The breads cannot be beat. But the cookies, cakes and tarts and stuff, again, are missing something. I don't know if it's that they use margarine instead of butter or the flavor of the brand of butter they use or what, but I have not been impressed with anything I've bought from their bakery. Their outrageous brownies are nasty. They have an odd aftertaste.

        Their new gelato bar is odd, too. It's not really gelato. True gelato is heavy with a high fat content. The stuff they sell is like ice milk. It's just not right.

        It's a shame because it all LOOKS good but it doesn't deliver.

        Whole Foods, specifically the Fairfax location, is really good but SO expensive. Today I had two pieces of butter chicken, 2 pieces of General Cho's chicken and then a small salad and it was $16. Mainly because everything on the bar has weight to it and I like the heavier stuff ;o) Their pizza is really good, too. Everything in their bakery is wonderful. They made a special order dairy free cake for me for a birthday party and it was really good. If I didn't know it was dairy free (and I think it was gluten free too), I would have thought it was a regular cake.

        The only reason I don't shop at Whole Foods weekly for my groceries is because they don't have the selection and brands that I like.

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        1. re: Manassas64
          beauxgoris Sep 15, 2008 10:46 PM

          I really miss Wegmans. When we lived in Upstate, NY we would go all the time for a sandwich on the run. Their subs were great. Now we're in D.C. and missing the good thing we had. Oh well

          1. re: beauxgoris
            RobynS Sep 16, 2008 07:58 AM

            You have a number of Wegmans within easy driving distance of you. Try moving to Colorado after having one as your regular grocery store.

            While I've not done a side by side comparison in general I prefer Wegmans I believe. I've often been disappointed by meals I've gotten from Whole Foods (and I have one 1 mile from my current home) except for the salad bar. But, I'm comparing businesses thousands of miles apart and haven't been to a Wegmans since May of 2005.

            1. re: RobynS
              Manassas64 Sep 16, 2008 10:44 AM

              I've been to all 3 in this area, Sterling, Woodbridge and Fairfax, each one is bigger than the last one. They are opening one in Lake Manassas (aka Gainesville) soon. I can't wait.

              1. re: RobynS
                beauxgoris Sep 16, 2008 01:05 PM

                ^^It's not exactly close though. I live near the D.C./Md. border - so a location in Sterling/woodbridge, etc. is about an hour away. Not exactly ideal for going to get groceries.

                1. re: beauxgoris
                  RobynS Sep 16, 2008 07:38 PM

                  Well, for Wegmans I would do it on occasion. Kind of like how I drive an hour a few times every summer to go to my favorite farmers' market. Coolers work very well for these kinds of situations. :)

                  1. re: RobynS
                    beauxgoris Sep 17, 2008 09:46 PM

                    Yeah that's too much work for me. Plus with traffic (and there is hellish traffic between where I am in D.C. and there) it would be a VERY long journey. We're going Upstate to visit friends soon so I'll stock up on non-perishables then. :)

            2. re: Manassas64
              Martha Sep 16, 2008 04:39 AM

              While gelato is denser than ice cream, it has a much lower butterfat content. Gelato is made with milk, not the cream used in ice cream.

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              Martha Sep 15, 2008 03:55 PM

              If you're talking about actually eating in the store, Wegman's in Ashburn definitely is better suited for that than the Whole Foods in Reston. Other Whole Foods might have a better dining situation. Wegman's also has so many more options. I like their sandwiches and sushi. The Asian food bar doesn't interest me, but I usually find those types of things to be subpar. I haven't tried the entrees in the case behind the rotisserie chickens or the soup. As for Whole Foods, I like their seafood salad in the case with all the entrees. Unfortunately, I can't remember what other items I've ordered from that case, but I liked what I've ordered. The salad bar is full of good, fresh options and good soup. Not into the hot food bar.

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              1. re: Martha
                chowsearch Sep 15, 2008 04:22 PM

                I find more healthy items at WF, like the vegan fake-meat rotating specials. Wegmans pays more attention to a nice dining experience at the locations I've been to.

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                  sarawithanh Sep 15, 2008 05:43 PM

                  the whole foods in fairfax is top notch in terms of dining in the restuarant and far superior to any of the wegmans

                  whole foods is obviously all organic - a plus in and of itself. I can't find nearly as many healthy options at wegmans and HATE eating there b/c their salad station SUCKS.

                  the salad bar at whole foods is AMAZING. in addition, the fairfax WF has "mini restaurants" within the store focusing on varying cuisines like an asian bar and a seafood bar, etc.

                  1. re: sarawithanh
                    mmusiker Sep 15, 2008 07:27 PM

                    Whole Foods is not all organic. Organic doesn't mean higher quality or healthier. It only delineates a method of growing. Just because they sell something at Whole Foods does not make it healthy in the same way that Subway has some low fat subs, but not all of their subs are low fat. Don't be fooled by marketing that creates a nutrition halo.

                    As for the Wegmans salad station, if you don't like it I strongly recommend that you send Wegmans an email. Each Wegmans has a different mix of prepared foods. For example, the Wegmans in Ithaca, NY has a salad bar nearly identical to anything you'd see at Whole Foods. If you don't like something, be sure to let them know. They pride themselves on being responsive.

                  2. re: chowsearch
                    cabster Sep 15, 2008 05:45 PM

                    When I eat at Wegmans (Fairfax/Fair Lakes area), I generally choose a sub. They make them to order with fresh ingredients in either a 7 inch (about $5.99) or 14 inch freshly baked roll (about $7.99) (or you can get a wrap, but I've never tried one). I think the sushi and some of the soups are also quite good for a grocery store. Some of the prepared food is good, but a bit overpriced. I also really like their bagels.

                    The Whole Foods in the same general area is fairly new and huge. They eat-in/take-out choices are overwhelming. The pizza is decent and I also like their salad bar.

                    But overall I'd always chose Wegmans--mainly because of the subs.

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