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Jan 29, 2011 08:52 PM

Bristol Farms- anything good?

I don't live or work near Bristol Farms, but I'll be by the one in the Newport Beach this week. Is there anything good at their bakery, or prepared goods counter?

Is there anything special that you go to BF specifically for or can only find at BF? What's their best department- meat, seafood, fruits, etc?

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  1. I love, love, love their hamburger buns. Buy a pack and make some homemade hamburgers! Yum!

    1. The sushi-for take out isn't too bad. I always liked the spicy tuna. Farm Boy is still better tho.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          +2 I totally forgot I always get a spicy tuna roll every time I go to BF!

      1. i like there carved tri tip and turkey

        1. They also have a pretty good cheese department in NB. Their cheese manager is quite knowledgeable, and very accommodating (he routinely will cut a rectangular block of raclette cheese out of a wheel for me...fits the trays on the raclette grill...but results in some wastage for BF)!

          1. Consistently excellent seafood and meats, but you do pay for it. I can't afford to go all the time, but if you're in the mood to drop $70 on a roast, or $15 on a wedge of cheese or something like that, it's really, really good. Baked goods, cheese selection is great, produce flawless. It's like Whole Foods with out the rich-hippie angle. I can't think of anything they do that's totally unique, I just wonder how they're staying in business with their prices in this economy.

            Totally disagree on the sushi and prepared foods in general, which are no different to my tastes than Pavillions or anything. Ditto for their cafe - avoid!

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            1. re: cant talk...eating

              So, the quality of WF and BF are about the same? :(

              1. re: hobbess

                I personally think that because WF is so enormous (at least the Tustin, OC store), it's very difficult for their management to ensure that everything is first-rate. I find BF to be more reliable. Although their overall selection is less than WF, pretty much everything at BF is dependably very good.