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Publix, Kroger or Whole Foods???

Shopping the local food emporiums. Likes and dislikes.

Did you think I disappeared from Patch? I have been so busy at AAA planning other peoples vacations( Yeah, I love what I do) , I almost haven't had time to review any new restaurants. I did get to Lazaro's, a new Cuban place in Roswell, but haven't heard back from the owner yet to discuss his history. More on that after I speak to him.

Anyway, I was just thinking, since this is a Food Blog, why not talk about where we buy our food. Are you a Publix fan? We Floridians, via New York, sure are. Do you prefer Kroger or Whole Foods? Perhaps you're a Fresh Market lover. What are your thoughts on this matter?

I have shopped in all these stores and have favorite things about each one.

Publix is my go to for everything I need to stock the fridge weekly. It has certain items that I use on a daily basis, those of which I cannot obtain at Kroger. The following items I cannot obtain are: Anything holiday related to the Jewish faith ( this applies to the Johns Creek Kroger on Peachtree Parkway only), Breakstones unsalted butter ( best used on Matzah for Passover, which is still this week), Challah ( when Passover is over, of course), Light and Fit Strawberry Yogurt, 32 ounce tub and wild caught salmon, to name a few. On the salmon, I will add that I cannot get this at Costco either, so Whole Foods it is!

Kroger, well let's say, it's not my favorite but I do like to say something positive so, here are two things I like about Kroger.  I like their Valentine's Day rose petals; not edible, but really a nice touch to make the table, or anything else you're throwing those flowers on, look fabulous, and their cents-off gas for being a loyal shopper. Oops, I forgot, I like their Pharmacy too.That make three things, for those who are counting

I love Whole Foods . My favorite thing about Whole Foods is the staff. They are so knowledgeable about their departments. The fish guys are always sharing recipes and instructing me how to prepare the fish I purchase. The cheese gurus are also pretty educated about their cheese. Let's not even talk about the wine section. I love that instant cooler. Did you know that you can chill any bottle of wine while you shop, then dine in Whole Foods with a perfectly chilled bottle, chosen with the expertise of the staff of wine specialists? Love this!

I love the fresh petit roses of Fresh Market. Not that this counts as food either, but does enhance the dining experience! They also have fabulous banana and zucchini breads.

There is another favorite of mine as well, but its a bit far for the surburbanites. For those who want a true food experience, check out the Dekalb Farmers Market on Ponce. ITS FABULOUS! They carry locally grown and imported everything. If you are looking for spices, this is the place. Let's not even discuss the bread section, amazing. If you like fish, pick one swimming by and they filet it for you, right on the spot. Like Boar's Head cold cuts? Well, they are so much cheaper here. I love my Publix, but the pricing at the Farmers Market are far better for Boars' Head.

Check out the places I have mentioned for a truly educational food shopping experience.

Next time, I will discuss a healthy way to shop each store. Hint- use only the outer aisles and you'll be safe with fresh food. The middle aisles are filled with boxed goods, candies, cookies, canned foods, frozen foods, etc.

So as you can see I have eaten my way through our local food emporiums making a mental note of who has what. I would love to know your thoughts on your favorite things about each grocery store. Happy Shopping.

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Sue April 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Love the Topic! Grocery store faves is such an emotional subject for shoppers. Me, I'm a Publix girl. I have my Publix story. Most people who like Publix have a Publix story. SooZeeQue Johns Creek
allyson newman April 13, 2012 at 02:04 PM
What about Trader Joe's ???? I guess since the closest one is either in the Forum, the far west part of Roswell ,East Cobb or Buckhead. All too Far to buy the fresh stuff unless you bring a Cooler. They should open one on Windward. Best place to buy Dark Chocolate covered anything, Dunkers Cookies, Also Flowers. I stick to my little Publix on Haynes Bridge & Costco for everything.
Robin April 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Love, love, love Publix! They have everything. I only go to Kroger on State Bridge for the very basics and only when I don't want to head down to my favorite Publix on Old Milton. I go mainly to get the cheap gas. I've found their meat to be untrustworthy and they don't carry most of the items I like to buy. Publix is king of customer service. Whole Foods or should I say, Whole Paycheck . . . well, they're too rich for my family's taste. I go once per year for my annual Thanksgiving splurge for their fresh, free-range organic turkey. You can't beat it for the flavor. Otherwise, it's Publix all the way!
Barbara Diener April 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Thanks to all of you for commenting on the post. Happy to hear you are also Publix shoppers. To Allyson, Trader Joe's is good too but, limited in fresh produce , meat and fish. They do have great cookies and chocolate. We are in agreement on that! Happy Shopping to all.
EBF April 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Check out locally owned "Kathleen's Catch" for the best seafood anywhere. She is knowledgeable, personable - and has the best seafood and recipes! I think you could do a whole story on her store! Also - I believe a wine shop is opening next door to her - so it could be a one stop shopping trip! She is on 141 in Johns Creek, tucked between One41 and Viande Rouge.
Barbara Diener April 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM
EBF Thanks for the tip. I have heard that and will stop by to interview her. Great idea.
Leslie Guria April 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I'm a Personal Chef and shop at Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger, Fresh Market, Super H, Kathleen's Catch and Your DeKalb Farmers Market for clients every day. I agree...the big markets all have their pro's and con's. I think Publix, Whole Foods and Fresh Market are by far the most service oriented and I'm probably least likely to grab a rotten onion or mealy tomato at any of those. I LOVE the breads and fresh pasta and bulk spices at DeKalb Farmer's Market and Kroger is my go-to place for generics. Super H is fabulous for hard to find or interesting produce, fresh herbs and anything Asian. My bill is always lowest at Kroger and Super H, but it could be that I'm not grabbing prepared items that can be expensive there. And Kathleen's is the only place to go for knowledgeable fish advise and the freshest fish always!
Barbara Diener April 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Leslie, So happy to hear from a professional personal chef. Must be a fun job, just like mine, for travel planning and blogging. I am in total agreement on your comments and will be stopping in at Kathleens' to give it a try. I have only heard good things about her place and look forward to some delicious fresh fish. Bon Appetite!!!
Arvida April 16, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Publix is the best all-around store with good customer service. Kroger not so nice, but they have a great Whole Foods department where I can usually find good deals on products that would cost more at Whole Foods. Kroger Pharmacy also has a great deal - if you transfer a prescription to them, they give you $25 to buy groceries. Whole Foods is my fantasy store - lots of variety and great customer service. H Mart has more variety in Asian products - love their produce department - and if you cook with a lot of fresh herbs, you'll save a lot of money here. Don't forget to buy some kimchi - tastes good with everything! Costco has the best price on bags of salad - they even have organic salad. Every so often, I find a good deal on organic products such as Amy's burritos, etc.
Barbara Diener April 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Arvida, Thanks for your input. Didn't know about the pharmacy transfers, great advice. Thanks. Happy Shopping.
Arvida April 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I didn't know about Kathleen's Catch - I'll drop by. Thanks.
Arvida April 18, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Kroger isn't the only pharmacy offering great deals, but at least you don't need a coupon to get the $25. If you check the Sunday papers, you will periodically find coupons for similar gift cards from RiteAid, Target Pharmacy, KMart Pharmacy, CVS, and Walgreens. My sister just got $100 in gift cards from RiteAid.
Ginger Roberts April 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I was born and raised in Western NY-Rochester area. As a child I grew up on a Wegmans Supermarket, therefore, I cannot except anything less than Publix, Trader Joes and whole foods.
Barbara Diener April 27, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Ginger As a Northerner myself, I do remember Wegman's too. Here are a few other blasts from my past- Waldbaum's- still has the best appetizing anywhere on the planet. (there is still a Waldbaum's in Brooklyn on Ocean Avenue). For those of you who don't know what appetizing is- just think whitefish salad made from fresh whitefish, fresh chubs, already filet to perfection, chopped liver- hand chopped, herring in cream sauce, scallion cream cheese made with real cream cheese, home made blintzes and on and on. There is nothing like it here in the south. I also shopped at Gristede's, Sloans, in Brooklyn Heights when I lived there, Key Food and of course Pathmark in New Jersey. Oh the memories of great food and service!

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