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Grocery Outlet - June 2011

rworange Jun 5, 2011 05:29 PM


Pretzel M & M's

Oreo brownies or fudge cream cookies 50 cents

Sorry if this is redundant. Nothing turned up in search

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    Tumkers Jun 29, 2011 02:30 PM

    At the San Jose store:

    The Dagoba drinking chocolate (in refrigerator near yogurt) with spices is incredibly delicious! 3.99 for 12 oz (usually 12 bucks)
    Air bake 15.75 in Pizza pan and 14x16 cookie sheet for 7.99/2 pk (usually the pizza pan alone is $14)
    Organic Valley Premium OJ with calcium half gallon 1.99

    On the strangely exorbitant side there was a Newman's Own salsa 16 oz for 5.99.

    1. jason carey Jun 28, 2011 02:48 PM

      hey does anybody know why their cheese selection that used to be so good has pretty much dried up to crappy industrial stuff? They used to have some pretty awesome deals on stuff.. never have any of it anymore.

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      1. re: jason carey
        Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2011 03:08 PM

        Selection varies a lot by store. South San Jose, Rohnert Park, Novato, and further south, Marina, of the stores I visit, have better cheeses. I've seen Kerrygold cheddar, Snofrisk, and organic Rumiano cheeses in recent weeks. You should talk to the buyer at your individual store.

        Salinas store has a couple cases of 2006 Morey Blanc Corton Charlemagne at $99.95/bottle on the shelf.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Ruth Lafler Jun 28, 2011 03:19 PM

          I tried one of the Rumiano cheeses once and it was so mediocre I'm not going to bother with the rest of them. Oakland store usually has a fairly decent selection of what's available. They have a very diverse clientele: last week I was there early on a Sunday morning and parked across the aisle from me was a BMW Z3, and in the next aisle there was a Corvette next to a Mercedes SUV.

          Everything at GO varies depending on availability. The sausages I usually buy have been out of stock for a few weeks now, for example.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            Melanie Wong Jun 28, 2011 03:31 PM

            Do you recall which Rumiano cheese? Surely not the Dry Monterey Jack. They're an alternative to supermarket generic cheddar, monterey jack, etc., and I would not purchase the flavored ones. Nor expect the "Swiss" to taste like cave-aged Gruyere.

      2. Melanie Wong Jun 25, 2011 10:43 AM

        With purchases over $20, the cash register receipt prints out a $1 off coupon good on July 1-3.

        These purchases were outside the SF Bay Area, but I'll post here as they may be available at other stores.

        Coconut gelato (1 liter), $2.99
        Chocolate hazelnut gelato, $2.99 - bits of hazelnut rather than paste so the overall effect is sort of grainy
        De Cecco kamut penne, $1.49
        Saga baby blue brie, $2.99
        Scharffenberger bittersweet or semisweet baking bits, $2.49
        Italian cookies by Lazzeroni, Momenti, $1.29
        Pastilines, 99¢
        Dagoba milk chocolate hazelnut bars, $1.49
        Dagoba drinking chocolate (3 flavors), $3.99

        Carrs whole wheat crackers, $1.29
        Mrs. Renfrow's salsas, several flavors, $2.99
        Shrimp chip, 99¢
        Hain organic cider vinegar, $1.69
        Dixie Crystals extra fine sugar, 1 lb, $1.49
        Straus cinnamon whole milk organic yogurt, 1 qt $2.49

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          rworange Jun 25, 2011 01:04 PM

          San Pablo sold out of the Dagoba drinking chocolate quickly. However they still had the Scharffenberger baking chocolate the last I looked.

          Most locations have lots of boxed wine for $3.99 - $5.99 ... worth considering for picnics. At the least they are useful for sangria

          San Pablo

          $5.99 Trident seasoned smoked salmon 8 oz

          It is right next to the Smokehouse smoked salmon that GO always carries. Has anyone tried this? How does it compare to Smokehouse


          99 cents - Oceanspray Cran rasperry energy drnk 4-pack

          99 cents - Oceanspray Cran mango drink (medium bottle)

          99 cents - Strawberry Hostess cupcakes (2)

          99 cents Tropicana 50 Raspberry Lemonade ... big bottle .. maybel 1.2 gallon

          $1.99 - Pacific Naturals organic boxed milk (quart?)

          $1.99 - Szeged Hungarian Paprika

          $2.99 - Ice Diamonds Vodka from France ... made from grain

          $2.99 - Efferve green apple lemonade with no fruit juice

          $3.99 - Alpine meats chicken cheese hot dogs wrapped in bacon (1 lb)

          $4.99 - Smokehouse smoked salmon in a PAPER box 8 oz

          $5.99 - Bluebird 2009 pinot noir in a 1.5 L eco-bag

          There are a few warnings in the list. Read the ingredients on that Efferve which looks very pretty but the ingredients clarify there is NO juice in it ... apple essence and citric acid only

          The Ice Diamonds Vodka is similarily in a pretty bottle decorated with rhinestones. This is to vodka as rhinestones are to diamonds. It is so harsh and bad I'm surprised it is not illegal. The good part, I didn't go blind.

          The Tropi 50 raspberry lemonade is a day past the expirations date, but it was very good. They use fructose. It helped use up some of the vodka.

          Ya know, I have been lusting after those Hostess strawberry cupcakes, HFCS and chemicals be damned. But GO was the only place that sold them in a two-pack ... and I liked them ... and they are a pretty pink with the regular mystery white stuff in the center. Be warned I do have my food demons ... like the McRib ... so take that in consideration. If you like Hostess cupcakes, I'm betting you'll like these.

          The organic boxed milk seemed like a real deal. Haven't tried it yet, but since I always forget to buy milk, this is a nice back up.

          I hate that Smokehouse seems to all be in those wooden boxes. It seems so overpackaged. Novato has the only Smokehouse in paper packaging and it is a buck less than the salmon in the wooden box.

          Haven't tried the Bluebird wine yet ... I was discouraged after drinking that vodka. It was the first time I saw wine in an eco-bag. Here's a little write-up


          Liked this NYC wine shop write up about Bluebird

          "Perfect for the park? Why? Because having glass in the park is illegal as is having an open container of alcohol. As you see cops heading towards you, chug what you have have in your dixie cup and, most likely, you will avoid getting a ticket thanks to the astropouch packaging on this excellent Pinot Noir"

          And ... hot dogs already bacon-wrapped ... chicken yet ... should you want a healtier bacon-wrapped hot dog. Haven't tried them, but they looked interesting. Big dogs too. Maybe only 4 or 5 in the pound.

          The cranberry energy drinks I haven't tried yet, but the ingredient list is good and I think the green tea in it is the energy. It seemed like something that would make a good drink with the vodka ... after all, Herb Cain called vodka, vitamin V. I have to find a better vitamin for it though.

        2. Melanie Wong Jun 20, 2011 12:20 PM

          According to the San Francisco Business Times, Grocery Outlet is close to signing a lease in SF's Richmond district and could open a branch in San Francisco in the first half of 2012.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            pamf Jun 20, 2011 12:41 PM

            Any speculation on where that might be located?

            Also, has anyone been by the South San Francisco location (El
            Camino and Hickey) recently? They had an "Opening Soon" banner up a few months ago.

            1. re: pamf
              baron45 Jun 20, 2011 04:16 PM

              The Richmond district branch could be Geary @ 27th which has been vacant for awhile.

              1. re: baron45
                ML8000 Jun 20, 2011 04:22 PM

                I heard it was going into the old (new-ish) Albertson's at 33rd and Clement, could be wrong however.

                1. re: ML8000
                  baron45 Jun 20, 2011 04:25 PM

                  Fresh & Easy opens on June 22 at the Clement & 32nd location.

                2. re: baron45
                  foodseek Jun 22, 2011 05:52 PM

                  The site of the closed Delano IGA market would be a good site for a Grocery Outlet. Fresh and Easy opened today with lines of people waiting to get in so I think the neighborhood is anxious for more grocery stores.

                  1. re: foodseek
                    baron45 Jun 28, 2011 10:08 AM

                    In 2012, Trader Joe's will be taking over the space at the current Cala Foods located at California & Hyde:


                3. re: pamf
                  calmonte Jun 21, 2011 04:12 PM

                  The SSF location is waiting for approval to sell wine/beer. Last I heard they were hoping to open in July. Construction looks done, hopefully it will be open soon.

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                chowmeaow Jun 17, 2011 08:11 PM

                Got these from the Fremont store.

                bellafoglia supreme pizza 3.99
                Kashi mushroom/spinach 3 pizza pack 7.99
                Humboldt creamery organic mint chip ice cream 1.99
                Party peanuts 2.99

                Also got
                bamboo gadget set 3.99
                lodge pitcher 3.99
                The pitcher will be good for iced tea etc.

                There were many gelato flavors like mango,coconut, wild-berry. Have tried the mango and its good.
                There were new soup flavors from Pacific, carrot-almond, mushroom and tomato-herb.

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                1. re: chowmeaow
                  rworange Jun 18, 2011 12:36 PM

                  The San Pablo store has near pints of Cyclops frozen yogurt for $1.99. It's from New Zealand ... which should have been a warning bell ... yogurt shipped that far.


                  It looks like it was soft serve that was piped into the container with lots of air space so it had that fuzzy skin quality that ice cream gets if it is left in the freezer uncovered. That was annoying too ... it looked like a pint, but it was 1/3 empty.

                  It just did not taste fresh. Which is too bad because it probably was good when fresh, it is a very tangy yogurt. That beig said, the strawberry didn't have much strawberry flavor. Skip it.

                  1. re: rworange
                    Ruth Lafler Jun 19, 2011 04:45 PM

                    Have had that problem before with ice cream at GO -- it varies from container to container: some will be fine and others will have melted and re-frozen. I always press the side of the carton near the top to see if it feels firm.

                    Sunday morning at Oakland GO:

                    $2.99 Maranantha Cashew (and Almond) butter
                    $2.49 Smuckers Organic peanutbutter
                    $.99 De Boles Jerusalem artichoke linguini (I've had this before and liked it)
                    $.99 McVittie's digestive biscuit (exp date in May but probably will be good for a while longer)
                    $1.99 Newman's Own Pasta sauce, two flavors
                    $1.49 -- Italian brand of tomato basil sauce in tetrapak cartons
                    $1.99 -- half gallon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
                    They also had half gallons of Horizon organic fat free milk -- don't remember the price

                2. jason carey Jun 16, 2011 06:16 PM

                  I don't know if they are still there.. but Oakland had great Cru Single vineyard Duboeuf (not the mediocre Flower Label) wines for 5.99.. including a 2006 Morgon that was delicious

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                  1. re: jason carey
                    dordogne Jun 21, 2011 09:07 PM

                    As of yesterday, Oakland had a good selection of Georges Duboeuf beaujolais, including a 2005 Domaine de la Seigneurie de Julienas for $7.99, several other Julienas from 2006, 2008 for $5.99-6.99, as well as several cases of the 2006 Morgon mentioned above. Great value.

                  2. AntarcticWidow Jun 11, 2011 05:52 PM

                    Berkeley - just in time for rum season, Mexican Coca Cola, $0.89 per 355ml / 12oz bottle.

                    1. choctastic Jun 8, 2011 09:00 AM

                      You're back!

                      I noted several varieties of soy ice creams. I am trying to cut down on sugar, but it's good to know nevertheless.

                      I bought Yves meatless meatballs for a dollar. Score!

                      Also, the cheapie fan-style watering hose ends that I love for $1.99. For some reason, Home Depot doesn't carry them anymore. That said, the ones I bought at GO weren't as good as the old Home Depot ones (Gilmour was the manufacturer of the ones I used to love).

                      I was in the Southern California stores but I'm sure you guys have better selection.

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