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Old 08-06-2019, 08:47 PM
Location: EPWV
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Our local Martin's recently remodeled. They have a decent deli, rather an even bigger one now.

Yes, I do like Wegmans but it's much further away. We don't get down that way too often. Once a month.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:30 PM
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I love places that specialize in prepared foods. However, I often wonder about the quality of prepared foods at grocery stores. Or I should say the freshness.

Am I wrong in thinking that most grocery stores make their prepared foods with items that can no longer be sold? (for example, meats that are close to or beyond the "sell by" date)
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:08 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Whole Foods has a decent deli and good prepared foods section. Raley’s here in Northern California also has a good deli.
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by TabulaRasa View Post
We have Hy-Vee, a Midwest employee-owned supermarket chain, and their salad bar, deli, and hot bar are pretty good. They have a sort of dine-in food court in this area.


I have to admit that HyVee is where I eat most of my meals in Iowa and Nebraska. What is really great about the place is the variety of food that they offer. You can bring a large number of people in the store, pick out what they want, and grab a seat in a CLEAN, comfortable seating area.

THere are other places that have good prepared foods - Dierberg's in St. Louis, Wegman's, Seafood City, and the like. They generally beat many of the restaurants in the area.

Some of the Kroger stores look like they want to try something like that. However, there has never been any real serious commitment to do it chain-wide..

Winco Foods has a GREAT selection of prepared foods. However, it is all prepared in advance and mostly refrigerated. Having said that, the prices are ridiculously cheap and the food is generally very good. When you pick up a cobb salad there for $3.95 that is as large as you would get in a restaurant for $10-12, it is a deal that is hard to pass up.
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Old 08-07-2019, 09:37 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by SterkIjon View Post
Great deli at Walmart in Mountain Home Arkansas.
you must be lucky: our WalMart has a typical deli and certainly I would not call it great. they have a decent variety withe some salads as well as cheese and meats; the sandwiches are awful and the chicken wings a pieces small and way overcooked. We do buy a few products when we are in a hurry, but other stores here do a better job.
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:55 PM
Location: North Idaho
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It is going to vary by store because they prepare what sells well in their store. If their clients won't buy anything but fried chicken and jello salad, they won't sell anything else.

Costco doesn't have a proper deli, but they have a lot of really top quality deli stuff, from excellent green salads to mayonnaise type salads, to baked chicken and barbecue ribs. The down side is that you don't get to say how much of it you want; its sold by the package.

Many of the stores here sell the fried food and the mayonnaise type of salad at the deli counter and the green salads are out on a salad bar or pre-packaged in the cooler shelf. There is plenty to choose from if you look.
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:01 PM
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I agree that in Michigan at least, grocery-store delis are restricted only to the very overpriced, foo-foo stores and even then the selection is not what it was. Every grocery store has a deli section but most of them just don't have what they used to have, to the point where they might as well not even exist.
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Old 08-07-2019, 03:26 PM
Location: Sunny South Florida
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Mentioned earlier, The Fresh Market chain (sorry, OP, it's mostly in the east-coast and southeast US) has a great deli, split between the deli meat/cheese side and their prepared-foods section. They have a "Cheese Specialist" who only works that section and always cuts and gives away samples of even the most expensive cheeses if you ask. They had a "guacamole cheese" (green gouda!) that was absolutely terrible, but I give them points for trying something different. I mean, it's hard to re-invent the wheel (ha!) at this point, but they seem to make an effort to have the best selection.
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:46 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Publix, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market are all great.
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:45 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Originally Posted by Disgustedman View Post
Well, it depends on the Walmart...But since you asked. I find that Winco is doing a pretty fair job, they have about 6-8 different salads ready to go. But if you're adventurous, try those Anoush types. My God, the bologna is preservative free, no fillers and cost $8-$9 a lb.... I'm planning on hitting an Asian market in Oregon (After Church Sat) and try their deli...It's an old Safeway, but from the workers telling me THAT is a great place for the noodles, but also deli...I just gotta try it.
The deli section at my WINCO has been upsized. I have to admit I have not checked it lately. But their deli meat selection leaves a lot to be desired. However, their packaged cheese selection has improved.

I have a look at the deli section next week.
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