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Nov 13, 2013 05:57 AM

Local food market pet peeves, or worse!

We all have them. Some stores are worse than others, but even your favorite may get your dander up for one reason or another. Like that beautiful looking family pack of boneless chicken thighs on sale at Shaws, that once opened, reveals a pound of fat carefully tucked under the great looking meat. Or the fact that Stop & Shop only employs one bagger for what seems like every 300 customers (and I'm never one of them).

Even your favorite market screws the pooch now and again. I am the ultimate Market Basket fanboi, but last night I cooked a whole chicken that I bought there. Imagine my surprise when I pulled out the giblet bag from the body cavity to find it contained, and I kid you not, 1 neck, 4 livers, 2 gizzards, and 6 hearts!! That must have been one bizarre chicken. My dogs were quite happy, though, and the giblet gravy was plentiful and delish.

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  1. Living in Concord now, the local Crosby's produce section is pathetic. I guess old school New England really has little use for veg anyway.

    Also, can we please just change ALL of the Shaw's into Market Baskets.

    And lastly would the Demoula family please stop stabbing each other in the back so you can get back to work and open the Waltham Market Basket?

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      ...and the Revere MB as well, please

    2. I recently bought a cooked rotisserie chicken from Market Basket and found stuffed in the cavity two drumsticks. They were damn tasty too!

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          So were those extra innards that CapeCodGuy got - I can't figure out why that counts as a pet peeve or "screw[ing] the pooch."

          1. re: Allstonian

            Because if I want innards, I'll pay for innards and not at whole chicken prices per pound. Rotisserie chicken is charged by the eaches, so 2 extra pieces ARE a bonus. Raw chicken is by the pound. Kapish?

            1. re: CapeCodGuy

              Innards generally cost more per pound than whole chicken, so it still seems to me that you got a deal. But then again, I tend to be disappointed when I buy a whole chicken and it contains no innards at all (all too often), so clearly we're coming from different points of view.

              1. re: Allstonian

                That's a major peeve buying a whole chicken and not getting the innards!

                1. re: Allstonian

                  I'd be upset too if I was stiffed out of any innards. But I don't know where you shop where innards are more expensive than whole roaster chicken. A pint of innards at MB is 89 cents per pound where a roaster is twice that, or so. No biggie really, just had never seen it before.

                  1. re: Allstonian

                    At least now you know where they are. Head for the Sagamore Bridge and make CCG give you your rightful gizzards!;-)

          2. My pet peeve with the Market Basket I shop at are things that I need to buy that are out of stock - every week there is always something. Last week there was no plain greek yogurt in large sizes - any brand - only greek yogurt they had was single cups of chiobani. Sometimes there's no iceburg - or its in really bad shape, sometimes no mixed salad greens, or no sandwich thins etc. Then they fill in those spaces with something else, so you don't know if they are just out or dicontinued stocking that item. I guess its the price you pay for trying to save a few bucks.

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            1. re: LStaff

              Compared to my local Crosby's I would say the Burlington Market Basket represents a nearly 50% discount on most items.

              1. re: LStaff

                agree about inconsistent inventory in all their stores.

                the ghetto basket closest to the b/f's house is on fletcher st. in lowell. if you try going on a sunday afternoon, the produce section looks like the zombie apocalypse just swept through. the displays are mostly barren and what remains is limp and lifeless.

                there also seems to be no chain-wide system for where in the store to find stuff. some have seltzer with the soda, while in others it is several aisles away.

                1. re: LStaff

                  Yes it is. They do a low margin, high volume business without deep inventory: that's one part of how they are able to get you the prices you prefer. You want deep inventory, you gotta pay up for that. They know how to do what they do well. Unlike Shaw's or S&S, for example, the poster children locally for guaranteed mediocrity.

                  1. re: Karl S

                    Yes, but at Shaws and S&S you get to pay an ultra-premium for that mediocrity. It's tougher on the Cape as they are the only game in town. But that's why so many now travel to the bridge for MB., or even Hingham for WF.

                2. My pet peeves mostly involve the patrons at these stores (I'm looking at you River St. Whole Foods!).

                  I do wish some of the urban stores would buy more of those half carts and fewer of the large ones.

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                  1. re: mkfisher

                    patrons? lol. i have never seen as many people shopping in their pyjamas as they are wont to do in lowell mb's. i am in the distinct minority wearing real pants.

                    also have seen some things for which there is not enough eye bleach.

                    1. re: mkfisher

                      The Porter Sq Shaws recently invested in a new batch of those half carts. It made me happier than it should have.

                    2. Your dogs eat well!