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Jun 26, 2010 08:16 PM

Whole Foods

Is it me or does everything Whole Foods prepares in-house taste terrible. Don't get me wrong, I love having Whole Foods in the neighborhood and enjoy their salad bar from time to time and some of their soups, but every time I pick up food to-go, it is either spoiled like yesterdays green gazpacho or it is just inedible like the meatloaf. Am I missing something? Can someone tell me something they make that is to die for so next time I can try it? If not, maybe there's somewhere else Uptown that I don't know about that specializes in good take out meals.

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  1. I get things there occasionally and they've mostly been good, but recently I had something that looked good and then had no taste--can't remember what. Anyway, Langenstein's is known for really good prepared foods, so you might want to try there. I love the Better Cheddar; I think it has some hidden addictive ingredient.

    1. I agree. It's artfully displayed, but has no flavor. Even the deli sandwiches are tasteless.

      1. Just steps away from Whole Foods Arabella is Chez Nous Charcuterie, which has been offering takeout meals for years and years. Find it online at Quality is good, and you can get large-volume catering through Chez Nous as well.

        Back on the subject of Whole Foods' prepared items, I do buy the pizza from time to time...

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        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          That's a great rec. I pass that place every day and never peeked inside. I will give Chez Nous a try next time. Thanks and I always forget about Langenstein's. Are any of their prepared meals better than others?

          1. re: shanefink

            I've heard that the stuffed peppers are good, but I haven't tried anything at Langenstein's myself. The next time I'm tempted to go to WF for anything but mac and cheese [I really like WF's mac and cheese], I'm just going to Langenstein's instead.

            1. re: shanefink

              I get the chicken salad and the tuna salad from Langensteins...their corn and crawfish(crab) soup is awesome..I get their red beans and a little more spice but they are very good...everything I have had there is good for the price and already prepared foods

              1. re: localfoodie

                I like the grillades and grits from Langensteins

                1. re: roro1831

                  OK, so I went and picked up the stuffed mirliton. It was tasty. I would have liked a little more merliton for the amount of stuffing, but at least it tasted good.
                  BTW, as for Whole Foods' pizza, we bought their pizza dough the other day and made our own pizzas at home. It turned out pretty good, with Whole Foods bottled pizza sauce.

                  1. re: shanefink

                    where did you find their pizza dough? is it in the freezer section or can you get it fresh at the pizza counter? i have thought about buying it there on numerous occasions, but always seem to forget.

                    1. re: latasche

                      It wasn't frozen. My wife got it, I think at the pizza counter. We got two and rolled out one very thin and one thick. The thin one came out much better on the bottom rack in the oven at 475.

          2. I've tried and tried the prepared foods at WF but I just had to give it up...not even the soups have any taste...

            1. All their food needs "doctoring" to the point where you may as well make it yourself. Cakes/desserts look better than they taste. The beef is rarely marbled and therefore neither very flavorful nor particularly tender. Even the wagyu was nothing special. I do however, like WF for specialty items,fresh flowers, cheeses, fish, clams and mussels. Ciabatta and rustic Italian bread are good.

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              1. re: JazzyB

                Ha--this just goes to show how subjective tastes really are: I like the flavor & texture of their lean, grass-fed beef quite a bit, but I find the whole seafood case mostly a joke. Sky-high prices, lots of flown-in merchandise, and nothing that can't be had fresher & cheaper at Hong Kong Market or a seafood-only vendor elsewhere in town. I always walk by the case and wonder who is paying $22/lb for tuna that's sold at Hong Kong market for $8.99/lb. (Sometimes $6.99/lb when Rouses's puts it on sale.)

                Hong Kong
                7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  I shop the yellow (sale) tags when looking for fish in WF b/c the prices can be ridiculous. I don't trust Rouse's freshness for mussels/clams. Often the shells are opening. While they have some nice fish, their seafood people " butcher" it when cutting or removing skin. Dorignacs does a nice job. I pick up shrimp/jumbo lump from Schaeffer and Rucich. Going to Hong Kong market is a pain. I'd rather pay extra than go to the WB. My trips are usually limited to when my ingredient supply runs low.

                  Hong Kong
                  7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072