Healdsburg - Big Johns vs Safeway
Need to buy food for a few days for a large group staying at a vacation home. See my other post :0)
I need some basics (water, juice, eggs, breads, veggies, snacks, etc...) but also want some specialty items (cheese, salumi, crackers, chocolates, olives, etc...).
Do I need to go to both stores to get what I want? Was not sure if Big Johns would have everything I need or be too over priced.
Which one has the best meat dept? I need a few tri-tips to grill.
I love Big Johns because the meat department has CK lamb, veggies are fresh - it's one-stop shopping. 'best meat dept'
The Healdsburg Safeway remodeled not too long ago and has shifted a bit upmarket. That said, I have not reason to shop there when there's such a fine locally owned alternative in town, Big John's Market.
Big John's is not overpriced, quite a bit lower than Whole Foods, and with better service. The cheese counter has a fine selection. Most items are precut and wrapped, but you can ask to taste anything before you buy. Big John's has an olive bar.
Especially I would not buy meat at Safeway. Big John's has an excellent butcher case and you can select the exact piece you want or have something custom cut to your spec, then wrapped up.
Don't know if you've been to Healdsburg before, but bear in mind that the town itself is quite small. You can easily make two of three stops in less time than it would take to get checked out in an urban grocery store because lines are shorter, less travel time and ease of parking. You may also want to check out The Cheese Shop of Healdsburg, Shelton's Natural Foods, Downtown Bakery, Costeaux French Bakery, and the Tuesday or Saturday farmers market
Downtown Bakery & Creamery
308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Costeaux French Bakery Cafe
417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Big John's Market
1345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Cheese Shop of Healdsburg
423 Center St, Healdsburg, CA
Shelton's Natural Foods Market
428 Center St, Healdsburg, CA
One thing not to buy at Big John's, the housemade potato chips. Thick cut and still warm when I bought them, but alas, overfried. And while not burnt-looking, there was an undercurrent of bitterness in the flavor.