Whole Foods Market
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BAbaracus:
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I was a little disappointed the first time I visited the new Whole Foods as theyd made the mistake of advertising a selection of 800 beers prior to the store opening. I knew that you couldnt get that kind of selection in Texas, but figured theyd at least carry everything that you could get. This didnt turn out to be the case, but on further explorations I think my initial impression was a bit off base. You can tell by the size of their walk in cooler ("Beer Alley") that they cant possibly stock as much beer as Central Market or the Whip In, but it seems Whole Foods has weeded out many of the mediocre American micros rather than going for the whole enchilada. Theres a lot to be said for a complete selection, but I cant fault them too much for lacking beers that I probably wouldnt have bought anyway. Finally, it should be mentioned that Whole Foods does do sales on full cases, something no other store in Austin does to the best of my knowledge.
05-24-2006 21:00:04 | More by BAbaracus
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3.55/5 rDev -13.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Not a bad place to get beer by any means, but the other two places I went for beer in Austin were a lot better. Also since this is the flagship location I was expecting it to be a lot bigger and better than the Whole Foods stores in Houston. However, their selection is way better than an average supermarket, especially their large selection of Belgian brews, and they only carried quality imports and micros. I didn't note anything special about their service, but then again I didn't ask for any help. Also the groceries in this store are specialized towards health food, so overall this store may or may not be for you. Personally, I have no idea what makes organic food better and more expensive.
07-29-2004 19:59:32 | More by Gagnonsux
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Whole Foods Market has been an Austin mainstay for years. This is the flagship Whole Foods location, right at the corner of 6th street and Lamar Blvd. It's fast paced, funky, and fun. You could go there and people watch for hours at the tables out in front of the store. You'll see why Austin is considered one of the foremost counterculture cities in America.
And Whole Foods has always been one of the better places to buy beer in Austin, although things have changed a little bit in the last year or so. They seem to be feeling some competitive heat from Grapevine Market and Twin Liquors, both of whom offer a superior selection of wines. As such, Whole Foods has expanded their wine offerings at the expense of the beer section. They used to have a larger non-cooled beer area, but that has been replaced by wine racks. Not a bad thing if you're into wine, but it does have the effect of diminishing their beer selection a bit.
They do, however, still have the enormous cold rack on the back wall, filled to the brim with a wide selection of beers. Domestic and foreign imports abound, in singles and 6-packs. Everyone's taste can be covered here, all the way from Abita to Ziegen Bock. They were a bit light on domestic macros, though. If you want your Budweiser or Coors fix, you might need to go elsewhere. Otherwise, they have an impressive array of regional macros and hard to find microbrews from around the country. They have plenty of foreign imports, too.
Most impressive was their selection of Belgian beers, to which they have dedicated an entire section over by the wine racks. I was amazed by the variety of Belgians offered. Truly worth the trip if you're here and want to find something out of the ordinary.
The service was great. I had a clerk ask me if I needed help as soon as I entered the beer section. He was knowledgeable and friendly, and could speak to virtually all of the stock.
The lighting was good, the store was clean. This location of Whole Foods gets pretty crowded, especially on the weekends. Parking isn't too bad, but park in the garage if you drive anything larger than a Saturn. Their lot spaces are all made for compacts. The store shares commercial space with other retailers, and getting in and out fast can be a challenge. Stay a while instead, and drink in a little authentic Austin flavor.
11-11-2003 18:44:52 | More by Dubblebock
Whole Foods Market in Austin, TX
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.