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Apr 12, 2011 08:05 AM

Ferry Plaza vs. Whole Food to buy local food

When I visit SF I usually go to the Ferry Plaza to buy bread, cheese and meats to take home. I was wondering if I was better off going to a Whole Foods in the city to pick up some local food supplies.

I live in OC and I know my local WF has Cowgirl and some N Cal cheeses. Are the WF in the city going to carry more of variety of locally produced meats and cheese? Also locally baked bread?

Let me know where I am better off shopping. Also how do prices compare?

Also is there a WF in the city that is bigger and better than others?

Are there any other gourmet markets that I should visit for fun?


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  1. Other gourmet markets... you must try Bi-Rite then. It's just as expensive as WF though. Rainbow Grocery is good for non-meat based products.

    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Bi-Rite Market
    3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. For one stop, Ferry Plaza or Bi-Rite. I think Acme for bread and Cowgirl for cheese are the best in SF, and Boccalone's tied with Fatted Calf for best retail cold cuts. Bi-Rite gets stuff from many of the best suppliers.

      Rainbow is worth checking out, they have some great breads that are hard to find, e.g. Pure Grain's pumpernickel.

      The Whole Foods at California and Franklin is huge. A general problem with WF is that they don't always take the best care of the cheese, varies as staff come and go.

      Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
      1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

      Whole Foods Market
      1765 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA

      Fatted Calf
      320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102