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Ferry Plaza vs. Whole Food to buy local food

janeyoc Apr 12, 2011 08:05 AM

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?


  1. Robert Lauriston Apr 12, 2011 10:29 AM

    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

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      twenex Apr 12, 2011 10:10 AM

      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

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