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Trader Joes

HI There,

Being Canadian and on many food/diet forums I have always wanted to check out a Trader Joes. I noticed there is one in Philadelphia so I had a question. We are coming down from Sunday to Thursday and staying at the Penns View. We are driving but plan on pretty much parking the car and hoofing it or taking public transit where we want to go.
I was wondering if Trader Joes has wine (would love some organic reds) and if so, a good selection? I think they are quite a hike from our hotel so I thought we might drive and then pick up enough for the whole time we are there (along with anything else we might need). How is the parking there?

Also is south street good for parking?


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  1. Trader Joes has a parking lot, but no wine. All wine in PA is sold at state stores.

    1. no wine at tj's

      if you want some good stuff, try the garces wine store located in the trading company at 12th and locust.

      not that far from penns view- and you can picnic in washington square park

        1. Some day I'll try two buck chuck. :( Have to go to the Princeton NJ TJs.

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          1. re: givemecarbs

            Carbs, TBC is awful. I know you are more discerning.

            1. re: crazyspice

              He he he, thanks Crazyspice and bucksguy! Now I feel better. Now that foodtown in Lansdale bit the dust I guess I have to go back to wegmans if I want to buy groceries and beer at the same time. At least maybe I can get a beer at the bowling alley that is supposed to be replacing foodtown.

            2. re: givemecarbs

              Carbs, consider what two bucks would get you at the lovely State Store in Perkasie - that's about what two buck chuck is - maybe less!

              1. re: givemecarbs

                It's three bucks in Princeton TJ's, however. Charles Shaw wines. Lol. Amazingly good quality for the price, even at $3!

                1. re: menton1

                  As with many other properties, The manufacturers of TBC bought the Charles Shaw name. Another worthy vineyard now has their name on plonk.

              2. Parking is not that easy or cheap around South St, your hotel is close enough to walk, and you can always catch a cab.

                1. If your route to Philadelphia takes you through New Jersey, I'd recommend stopping at one of the large wine stores there. Philly has many great BYOB restaurants, but Pennsylvania has the most antiquated liquor laws in the country (beer from distributors or highly marked up from bars or "package" stores; wine and liquor from state owned stores).

                  1. While you can't get wine at TJ's, to answer your question, the peanut butter cups, choc. covered raisins, trail mixes, some of the cheeses, crisp snow peas(found with the chips) are just a few of the yummy things you can get at TJ's. My fave is the flat bread with prosciutto and gruyere, but need a oven for that.

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                    1. re: bonappetite

                      It's been a few years since I've had TBC and it may have changed but my definite and lasting impression was that while the chard and cab were truly terrible, the sov blanc and merlot were not too bad as quaffers. At $3 (or whatever it is now) what can you lose by trying it once (besides the 3 bucks)?