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Sam's Club -- what's good?

Was recently gifted a membership. Sadly no Costco here. I'm always leery of buying a large quantity of a new product. Please tell me of any products you've been happy with and what you don't like. How's the Parmesan and the Feta? Anyone tried their sausages?

The only thing I thought was awful so far is one of their take-and-bake pizzas. I know, I know, shoulda' known better. The toppings weren't bad but the crust was like a frozen pizza.

Here's what I do like: sliced sharp provolone, pre-packaged deli meats (Black Forest ham and a combo pack of ham, turkey and another I can't recall), fresh French green beans; Campari tomatoes, avocados, pineapple, all the berries have been good.

House brand 13-gal trash bags, paper plates. Their ciabatta loaves are very good. I'll add more as I think of them.

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  1. So I'm replying to myself. After I started this thread, I thought to search for older threads about Sam's. I saw where someone mentioned tipping the sample servers at these warehouse stores. My reaction is, "Really?" I've never noticed anyone doing this and frankly, I don't intend to start. Sort of takes the free out of the sample. Do people really tip them?

      1. re: treb

        That is one that I read through but thanks!

      2. I have never heard of tipping the sample/demo people anywhere.

        I like to get the container of shredded parm and keep it in the freezer. I also really like their Mountain and Tropical Trail Mixes. I usually mix them together and sometimes add extra M & Ms if we are going camping.

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        1. I didn't care for their brats or Italian sausage (ground too fine and not near enough seasoning).
          One of the things I like the best about Sam's is they mark down their meat when it gets close to pull date, never had any problem with it. I buy the frozen pizza dough from their snack bar and make my own pizzas, (I live most of the year in a part of the country that doesn't have decent take-out pizza) and I think their hot dogs at the snack bar are far superior to Costco. I like Costco too for many items.

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            Thanks, that's quite helpful about the sausages and their meat mark-downs. As for the frozen pizza dough from the snack bar, the employee who told me the take-and-bake pizzas were good said they were made in the snack bar. Could be your store's dough is better than mine. From reading through other Sam's threads, the stores vary in quality. Thanks again.

            1. re: MrsJonesey

              tried a sample of their take & bake pizza and thought it was 100% better than any frozen pizza.
              the steaks at our Daytona Sam's club are always very good.

          2. right now you can find boxed Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuit mix. And it is good!!! This is the real deal. For just over $5 you get three pouches of 10-12 biscuits worth of mix. You get the biscuit mix and the topping mix. They do taste exactly like Red Lobsters. Little too salty, but I did not have unsalted butter for the topping. These are supposedly a seasonal item and will not be available all year long. Get them now before they disappear.

            1. I love the meat department - you may not always want that much, but their chicken is excellent, the beef is good, and the pork is waaaaay better than the grocery store stuff.

              Don't even get me started on the rotisserie chickens, which are like hot roasted crack for less than $5.

              We also buy granola bars there - a box of 6 is $3 at the grocery - a box of 30 is $8 at Sam's. Great deals on razor blades too, if they carry your brand.

              1. These two are some of our favorites for a quick meal:

                1. Frozen High liner Breaded Cod Fillets - they are fresh and flaky and bake up crispy with no oiliness http://www.samsclub.com/sams/high-lin...

                2. Frozen Fast Fixin' Country Fried Steak - these are the thin, diner type patties. Bake up crunchy and are wonderful on a sandwich or a quick dinner. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/country-...

                1. I have shifted from Costco to Sams as there is now a Sams five minutes from my home. I have always shopped both. You are misguided if you believe either of these chains are mass market discount houses. They both have upscale clientele and are focused on value more than cheap. One must be a careful shopper as some things might be cheaper on special at a grocery store.

                  I get most of my fresh meat at Sams; the beef is USDA choice, If I don't see what I want in the case the butcher will go pull a vacuum pack and slice my rib eyes to my spec.

                  I do get certain produce items there due to quality and price. I generally get their grape tomatoes, campari tomatoes, onions, lemons and limes, and sweet onions there, as well as romaine, small sweet peppers, and they always have a nice assortment of excellent apples.

                  The rotisserie chicken is the best value in America; a big fat bird, very well seasoned, and cooked perfectly with an addictive crackly skin for $4.88. I know the schedule at my store and get one fresh off the fire.

                  I get some cheeses there. They have a nice blue cheese, a tasty gruyere, and a really good dubliner.

                  They have great values on large bags of frozen sliced unsweetened strawberries and blueberries that I use in something everyday.

                  If you're hungry the pizza at the cafe is excellent and only $8.95 for a 16" pie they will cook for you fresh to take home. The hot dogs are excellent as well.

                  1. Black Diamond 4-year cheddar, $9.99/lb