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Jan 6, 2009 07:17 PM

I don't Fancy the Berkeley Bowl...

I would love to hear a few other posts before I drop my top ten reasons.

Born and raised in Oakland 48 years ago to double Chef parents.

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  1. I'm loyal to Monterrey Market. I avoid it on Saturdays, and it's closed on Sunday, and I have to cross the SR/Richmond bridge to get there, but other than that it's great. Love those bulk bins.

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    1. re: Sharuf

      I stick to the MM, too, mostly because I can walk to it. I also think the people working there are generally nice and I like the feeling. (Though shoppers can be clueless about leaving their carts in the middle of narrow aisles.) I've been to the Berkeley Bowl only a couple times and just didn't enjoy the experience.

      1. re: Sharuf

        That's funny I cross the bridge the opposite way and go to the Good Earth in Fairfax. But I will go to MM rather than Berkeley Bowl, mainly because the one time I went to BB I was almost run over by some guy even though I was pulled all the way over in my aisle, and then when I saw that Straus butter was 7.15 vs. the 5.69 it costs at El Cerrito Natural! I also didn't like how dingy the store was.

        1. re: Missmoo

          >>> I also didn't like how dingy the store was.

          Have you been to the store since its move? The old store was dingy, but I don't see this at the new place, El Cerrito Natural seems dingier to me.

          1. re: rworange

            I have. I guess what I mean more specifically is that (I hate to admit it, it sounds so prissy) I was put off by the way a lot of stuff was just piled in boxes and looked very unkempt. Also a lot of the produce seemed tired. But, this was two years ago, maybe it has changed. I can see how El Cerrito might seem dingy but I only notice that at the meat counter not in the rest of the store.

      2. My issue with the Bowl is that I suspect there are quite a few stores around the country that offer 80-90% what the Bowl has, but are much more "user-friendly" (for lack of a better term). Central Market in Austin is a good example.