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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by TXHops:
4/5 rDev -3.6%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Central Market is a gourmet, upscale grocery store chain owned by the HEB folks. While this store has a good beer selection (which I'll discuss in a moment) they also have a fairly nice wine selection and a vast selection of meats, seafood, breads, chocolate, deli fare, etc... I also like the concept of the in-store Cafe on the Run. Although I've not eaten there, my wife and I frequently shop at the store and have never been disappointed.
CM's beer selection, while broad, is not all encompassing. There are beers available in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex that are not available at CM, but not many. A nice touch is the fact that none of the standard ABSABCo beers are available: No Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Miller Lite, Coors, Coors Light, or any of their cheaper brands. I do believe that you can find beers like Michelob and Killian's, however... On the other end of the spectrum, most of the craft beers distributed in the area are evident, though I occasionally discover beers not available at CM. They have a good selection of Belgian imports and other large format bottles and they frequently run sales on various brands. All the beers are presented in a single, long, open-fronted, doorless cooler with fluorescent lighting above. It's a front-stock cooler, as the main warehouse cooler is in the back of the store. The staff is friendly and competent, though none are thoroughly educated in beer and all of the beer staff is also responsible for selling wine as well. Central Market will sell singles, but only those marked as singles. Therefore, about 25% of all the beers can be bought individually, which is pretty frustrating. Last time I was in, the manager assured me that they were trying to get all of the beers available for sale as singles, but that hasn’t happened yet. This is doubly frustrating as CM doesn’t allow you to break six packs. CM also has a shelf of non-refrigerated single beers (most of the large format bottles can be found there), though this section appears not to get much attention and I refrain from buying the beers displayed there.
02-06-2003 08:45:40 | More by TXHops
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Central Market doesn't have necessarily the largest selection of beers available, but I really like the atmosphere and vibe of the place (I suppose all higher end grocery stores spend lots of money on that though).
The foreign beer selection is OK; the obligatory Sam Smith, Unibroue, Ayinger, Schneider, and etc. were there, but I was not at all surprised by any of the foreign beers available at all.
I suppose the domestic beer selection was better since stores like Central Market want to develop local communities and other stuff like that. So you'll find a good selection of Texas beers, although the limited are generally...limited. Other beers from DFH, Stone, Deschutes, and the like are available as well. However, I'm going to say that other decent beer stores will have them as well.
The main benefit of Central Market, I would think, is the service and atmosphere. The people here are very friendly and always ask if I need help. I'm sure they have a good idea when shipments arrive, so you can grab your desire limited beers as well. Sometimes there are beer sales, so you can grab a decent deal on beers here as well. The store also is a organic, higher end (think Whole Foods) grocery store, so it's quite nice and I think most people (like those non-beer fanatics you're dragging here) will enjoy themselves as well.
01-13-2012 17:09:15 | More by ballmouse
4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
Let me start off by saying, for the most part I love Central Market. However, not so much for their beer selection. While they do carry a nice selection it is not as specialty as you would expect a store of this caliber to offer. I found no rare beers, no locals, nothing that made me want to pull my opener out of my pocket that very moment. The beer area itself was extremely hard to find. This place is a maze! Having never been in this particular CM before, it took nearly 15 minutes to find the very small and tightly packed beer area.
05-04-2011 14:23:08 | More by ThirstyHerf
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in the area and decided I wanted to check out the selection (I never make it this far north in Dallas). I noticed, like the one in Ft Worth, that there is hardly any room to maneuver in the beer area! I felt cramped from the wine selection, it's like the beer section was jammed in there last second. Other than that I'm a little disappointed with their Texas beer and rare beer selection, like most grocery stores I've been to in Texas the wine selection is enormous! Also, the fact they don't have make your own 6 packs like the Ft Worth one made me a sad panda.
01-29-2010 03:34:54 | More by fjordhook
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Central Market is owned by H-E-B which has lots of grocery stores in south Texas. Central Market is a higher class store than the regular H-E-B supermarkets. They carry all kinds of artisans foods/products. Central Market is probably my favorite grocery store. The beer selection is one of the best in North Texas. CM is one of my go-to stores for hard to find brews. They have over 300 brews from all around the world. The "Beer Wall" is stacked with craft brews with a tiny column dedicated to the big 3. If you are looking for hard to find brews and live in the DFW area make sure you stop here. Central Market is a must. If you're lucky you might be there on a day when there is beer tasting. I went on a Sunday afternoon and had the chance to sample all of Real Ale Brewing Company's year round brews. Only con would be that there isn't always someone around to help you out... But I know what I am looking for when I get there so that isn't really a con for me. Enjoy!
10-20-2009 06:18:49 | More by kodemunke
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I heard a lot about this place before I got a chance to check it out for myself. It was everything I hoped for and more, this is the closest place to where im at to get this kind of selection. It is a good size grocery store with tons of very good quality beer, wine, cheese, bread, meat, fish. It's been a while since I have been down there but the last time I was there they had some great divide, samuel smith, rogue, alot of new belgium, abita, youngs, stone and alot of texas beers also. they also don't waste too much space stocking the macros. There wine selection is top notch too.
10-30-2008 19:52:13 | More by mugglesandhops
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Dropped in this past weekend while on my search for Divine Reserve 6. Very long cooler of beers, both imports and exports. A good selection of craft beers with a limited representation from the macro breweries. Saw all the Texas beers I cant find in Tennessee such as Saint Arnold, Rahr and Sons, and Real Ale. Also found some Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye which was exciting. The person I asked about Divine Reserve 6 told me they had it in house but could not release it due to a UPC error. Wasnt sure what that was all about but when I told him I was leaving town the next day he just said he was sorry. Prices were very reasonable. A nice place to shop.
06-16-2008 21:03:47 | More by ckeegan04
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Central Market H.E.B. is a Texas chain of specialty grocery stores with a huge selection of artisanal cheeses, deli & butcher block meats, fresh produce, seafood, plus health, gourmet, & international foods. The selection here is fantastic with over 350+ imports & microbrews with some fresh locals in the cooler. The star find on my last trip was some Scaldis for $US2.99 per 250ml bottle. Lots of wine for SWMBO! There's usually someone around that can check stock, but don't expect white glove service. This is a recommended stop and should be on any beer traveler's map. Don't forget to check out Mr. G's just down the street if you don't find what you're looking for here.
02-12-2008 23:57:10 | More by Beertracker
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
A great selection of fresh beer, however, I could not find anyone to answer my question about how much the singles were. I come here at last once a year when visiting my in-laws and always stock up on the Stone bombers; they also showcase a lot of local Texas breweries that I could never get in North Carolina. One other thing I like is that they always seem to have different beers and breweries on the shelves every time I go there. They just need a few more people working there, I guess. I do love being able to fill my suitcase for the return trip with one stop, however.
01-05-2008 04:05:29 | More by bboven
3.9/5 rDev -6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This central market isn't bad, but I do prefer the Fort Worth location. The selection is very good, but compared to Fort Worth it seems a little cramped. They do seem to have most recently released beers, and you can be confident you'll find a good choice at a reasonable price. The beers seem to be fresh, which is nice compared to stores like Hall's or Mr. G's.
The layout of these stores is just weird, and feels very inefficient. The parking lot is a mess. I don't know if its just Plano, but driving in the area surrounding this store is always aggravating. Can't speak to service, I haven't had any interaction other than cashiers.
02-18-2007 02:21:46 | More by Dizzy
Central Market in Plano, TX
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.