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Excellent place for fresh fish. I bought sardines there and they were perfect. I w/ return for more fish soon.
A great resource for those in Berkeley on a budget, and one of the better closeout stores I've experienced. How many times have I been in a Big Lots wishing they had more food and less "stuff?" Grocery Outlet solves this problem.
I think Grocery Outlet must really save some people's asses who are actually poor, and not just on a budget. (Hint: if you can afford to care about eating organic, sustainable, local, or eliminating any particular ingredient for health/environment reasons, as opposed to just trying to put food on the table at all, you're not that poor.) I really wish I'd had one of these in 2002-3 when I was putting groceries on my credit card lest I bounce the rent check. Even for those of us who can afford to be a little pickier -- I try not to do high-fructose corn syrup or bovine growth hormone myself, which does drive up my overall grocery budget -- there are good deals to be had here.
Produce here, like in Chinatown in any city, should be cooked relatively quickly. The meat isn't gonna be grass-fed and grade A, but the situation is the same if you buy a big tube of cheap beef at Safeway. I've really been quite satisfied with the things I've bought here.
The stock is variable (treasure hunt!) but there do seem to be some staples you can rely on always being there. I mean, let's talk CHEAP coffee beans, and big jugs of vinegar, and lots of wine. I wish I knew enough to pick a bottle of wine on criteria other than "style I like that's $4 or less." Maybe someday.
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