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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
High end supermarket that caters to granolas and others seeking out ridiculously expensive organinc food. Despite that, I love this place. The cheese selection is great and the guys behind the counter are very helpful. Good paninis that you can get to go. Beer selection is on the high end, but average. A fair selection of organics, which I quickly gloss over to peruse their small but decent mix of locals. Green Flash, Anderson Valley, and the usual mix of Stone, AleSmith, St. Peter's and others. Every now and then you can score a Hair of the Dog. Good Belgian selection including The Bruery. Prices are high, no matter how you look at it.
12-17-2008 17:00:36 | More by magictrokini
3.85/5 rDev -3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Made a quick stop here before leaving town during a recent visit to San Diego. Having never been to one of these stores anywhere before, I was at first generally impressed with the goods offered at this yuppified grocery store. It's a mid-sized store by supermarket standards but beer & wine do occupy a fair amount of space toward the middle-front of this store. There were many decent beers represented here, mostly in open coolers, both locals, general domestic micros and imports. Many were not particularly new to me but I was happy to see a fair selection of local brewers like I was looking for. I snagged an Alesmith Numbskull along with some Left Coast Hop Juice and a bomber of Idiot IPA from Coronado Brewing. There were some other goodies and overall I would have to say it was a decent place to stock up as a visitor or a thirsty local. The selection did seem somehow oriented toward the discriminating diner/drinker. Not too many macros or blue collar type brews to be had here, if that's what you were looking for. Get your PBR's down the street. Service was not particularly evident but people were working all around the place so I guess there was easy access if you needed help. The checkout girl was very friendly. Prices were pretty standard considering the products, maybe a tad high but there were some good surprises as well. Was glad I found this place and would go back on future trips.
10-14-2008 04:47:40 | More by Durge
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I know that is a super market, but they really had a most amazing beer section. We stopped in there to get food(we visit a Whole Foods back home) to take to Balboa Park and over by the takeout area, I spied some of the beers that I only get to read about on this site. I saw Lost Abbeys, Alesmith (got a Yulesmith -Summer), all the Stone stuff, Coronado, Ballast Point,....I could go on. The prices for beer seemed fair for a higher price chain located in a pricey city. The people that were working the section were really nice and I had a great talk with a local about Alesmith. If I lived in this neighborhood, I would need a second job to keep up with the beer (and the food!).
10-09-2007 21:02:20 | More by mobud
4/5 rDev +0.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Whole Foods is a grocery store. Therefore, this isn't a beer oriented place. There is a decent selection of beer here, though it is small. There is a BevMo just down the hill which is less than 10 mins. away. So it is kind of hard to justify a beer trip here, unless you're within walking distance to Whole Foods.
The good news is, that if you do eat healthy then this would be a convenient spot to pick up some beer along the way. The wine selection is decent, too. I gave it a 4.0 for selection, because as far as grocerie and health food stores are concerned, their selection is top notch. Plus, every once in awhile I'll see something in their that catches my eye, whether it's a beer on sale at a great price, or something extra special. I've seen Russian Imperial Stouts, special yeast brews, and the last score was a jug of Rogue Buchwheat Ale.
I should add that this is a great one stop place to pick up items to plunge your palate into. It's got a wonderful deli, the best selection of cheese and sausage, freshly blended fruit beverages, a good wine selection, and a good selection of beer. If you're wanting to have a gourmand's evening at home or in a hotel room, this is definitely a must go place.
07-04-2003 23:58:59 | More by rayzorwit
Whole Foods Market in San Diego, CA
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.