Where do you go grocery shop?
Replying to another question about Henry's got me thinking. Where do I grocery shop?
20-25% farmers market, Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and other speciality stores (i.e. Schriners, Vallarta, 99 Ranch, Cavarettas, etc.) and online speciality items
15-20% Costco for meat and fish and some pantry items
10% Trader Joes. Mostly dairy, wine, cheese, frozen items, oils, canned items and bread. This used to be my biggest percentage, but prices have gone up big time and a lot of quality issues lately.
15-20% Super King. Great prices on produce and nuts and some hard to find ethnic items.
35% Henrys. Mostly because it's close, but a lot of times I get good, fresh buys here. I'm in there a few times a week and can usually get out with less than $25. Mostly chicken, sometimes fish and meat if it looks fresh, good prices on melons and herbs, and a few choice deli items.
5% Cost Plus and Bev Mo for wine, beer, and couple random buys.
1-2% Big chain super markets. I've pretty much stopped going. Only for certain brand name items or when totally desparate.
Grocery shopping for the week occurs on Saturday morning. The ritual always starts with breakfast at the Taco Bell on Mulholland in Calabasas (a nasty pleasure: breakfast steak quesadilla with red sauce subbed for green -- and they have a newspaper for public use) and then a stop at the BofA ATM nearby to fund the rest of the activities.
First stop is always the Calabasas farmers market, for all produce except (generally speaking) bananas and mushrooms.
Second stop, some Saturdays: Vons in the El Camino center, Calabasas Rd. and Mulholland -- if I need items that I know I will not be able to find at Trader Joe (e.g., Coke Zero) or that I prefer the supermarket version of (e.g., flour, sugar -- Vons versions are as good as TJs for my purposes, and cheaper).
Third stop, every week: Trader Joe at the Fallbrook Mall, for virtually everything else. If I need dog or cat food, I'll make a stop at the Petco in the same mall.
Fourth stop, perhaps once a month: Costco on Roscoe, for paper towels and napkins, toilet paper, granola bars, nuts, canned albacore, vitamins, toothpaste, contact lens solution, chicken breasts (the Foster Farms ones, packaged 2x2), blueberries (very good), sometimes meat (terrific, but packed in increments too large to be useful, mostly). It is, of course, required to spend at least $100 at Costo, so I don't want to go there too often. (I have a friend who lives in a suburb of London, and says that when she goes to Costco there she always ends up spending at least 100 POUNDS. I guess no matter where you are, you spend 100 of the local currency unit when you go to Costco.)
The Irvine farmers' market, Wholesome Choice, Trader Joe's, and Albertson's.
Now and then I'll need speciality items and I'll go to Claro's (Tustin), Hannam (Irvine or GG), Sieu Thi Thuan Phat (Westminster), 99 Ranch (Anaheim or Irvine), Gem Meats (Placentia), El Gaucho #2 (Anaheim), Marukai (Costa Mesa), Mitsuwa (Costa Mesa), Jax (Anaheim), Northgate (Anaheim) or Broguiere's (Montebello).
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Q Market whenever I'm in Van Nuys. They have an incredible collection of nuts and dried fruits, a very good butcher, and incredible bargains on things like Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Narek Market on Hollywood Blvd. for excellent Gavina coffee at 5.99/lb and their grinder is better than at most Trader Joe's Markets for espresso grind coffee.Sweet butter at 1.69 per pound.
The Hollywood Farmers Market every Sunday for produce, honey, pasta, Linder Bison
H K Market in Glendale for amazing Korean BBQ fixings
Jons, Ralphs, Smart& Final, Gelsons, and Whole Foods when things aren't available at the others.
TJ's and F&E: one or both just about every day for wine, fish, dairy, bread, dried and canned goods, bananas, bagged salad. Ralphs: most days for meats, paper items, dog food, bulk produce; the one nearest me (North Lake @ Walnut) has salad and olive bars, fresh deli and unusual produce items, such as Belgian endive. Asian markets, such as SG Super Store or Arcadia Supermarket, about once a week for produce or fish. Latino markets, mostly King Ranch, once or twice a week for meats, produce, queso fresco etc., bulk dried beans such as Peruanos. Food 4 Less, more often than you'd think, for things like frozen veges nobody else carries, soul-food items, Cafe La Llave under $4/can, cheap pork shoulder. Henry's, not very often - really much more expensive than TJ's for what I want, badly organized, often pitiful produce. Nice costume, lame act.
Smart & Final for teenager snacks, paper goods, drinks, and frozen chicken tenders (quick kid food)
99 Ranch and Hannan World Market (Korean) for Asian ingredients, meat & seafood, vegetables
Local Certified Farmer's Market & local farm stand for seasonal produce
Pavillions (Vons) for the rare packaged items and last minute things because it is across the street
Depending on my mood I will hit up the Vietnamese market (Crenshaw just south of Rosecrans) or Food 4 Less (Gardena) for pretty fresh dry chilis and tamarind, some great veg prices with fresh product
Alpine Village Market for sausages and "cold-cuts" (plusthey have the most gorgeous fresh pork hocks)
Costco: pet supplies, cleaning & laundry stuff, La Brea Bakery bread, some meat and chicken breasts, canned tuna...
Pasadena Farmers' (Saturday) every week
Fish King (Glendale): fish and seafood
Asian Products: HK Market (Glendale), Seafood City (Eagle Rock)
TJ: dairy, cereal, chicken broth, oils, wine, chicken broth, some canned stuff, tortillas, nuts,
sometimes chicken.....if they discontinue those hand rolled tortillas I will be really pissed!!!!
Marios (Glendale): pasta, san marzano tomatoes, "cold cuts"
Target: pet stuff, cleaning, paper products...
10% Trader Joe's - It used to be more like 50% but like the OP, the price increases have driven me to shop elsewhere. Also, I get tired of their habit of pulling/discontinuing products with no warning. TJ's list is generally EVOO, canned tuna, some pastas, peanut butter, their flourless wheat bread, goat cheese, wine.
15% costco: parm cheese, milk, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea, laundry detergent, some meats (ground turkey)
The bulk of my shopping including all of my produce (with the exception of specialty items like lemongrass): Jon's market.
Smart and Final for a few items or when I don't feel like dealing with Costco. My dogs are raw fed, S&F has the best price for frozen chicken quarters, so I am there for at least the chicken about twice a month. Also buy their alta dena half and half (and cream when making ice cream).
For asian specialty items either Galleria Northridge or BangLuck in Reseda.
Target for hygiene/cleaning/paper products
Fresh & Easy 50%, dairy, cheese, meat, fish, marked down snackie things, sorbet, ice cream, some produce, breads
Superior Super Warehouse, 25% almost all of my produce occasionally cheese & tortillas
99 Cent Store, maybe 5-10% eggs soymilk, some produce if you go to the right store right day, some snacky things
TJs...Never go anymore
Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, regular supermarkets lless than 5% maybe every other week for specials or bulk item
Costco 5% Just a few things are worth it for me, nuts, coffee, fish, vitamins. Package sizes are too large.
Target 5% for the paper goods, cleaners, pet food, toothpaste,
I also like this topic as I have been thinking about this lately. Gelson's and Ralphs because they are within walking distance, but I love neither. Trader Joes and Nature Mart when taking the car. Farmer's market when I can make it. Whole Foods for some specialty items but I think I am done with them for multiple reasons. When I am near a Fresh & Easy I will stop in for a couple things that seem to be cheapest there. Amazon for HP Sauce. My ideal grocery store only exists in my mind unfortunately! I wish there was a better nearby alternative.
I like Henrys for cheese & crackers, fresh baked jalepeno cheese bread, fruits and veggies (IMO, beats Whole Foods Veggie Dept.). eggs, and Boars Head meats for my wife. bulk steel cut oats..
Costco for La Brea Bakery breads,some fruits, paper goods,
7 eleven for fresh Allta Dena milk at a good price when in a hurry..