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    Quote Originally Posted by bimlanders View Post
    Trader Joe's has 6 pack Ale for 5.99, and they honestly taste as good as the 8-9.99 stuff from other stores.
    1.99 @ traders

    Mission Street Hefeweizen, Brown Ale coming to Trader Joe's | Beernews.org

    Very good just the way I like a Hef.

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    I don't know what's wrong with TJ's these days. Recently when I purchase something that I haven't tried yet it almost always sucks. Litz actually got food poisoning from dried apricots a while back. We've tried some of the pre-prepared stuff and it just sucks. The only things I get at TJ's now is Chimay, fruit leather thingies, pizza dough and hummus. I buy the last two because I don't have the time to make my own. Sadly, TJ's has gone down-hill in recent years.
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    Sprout's > TJ's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    Sprout's > TJ's.
    I like Sprout's a lot and while they are similar I feel they are uncomparilable. I do prefer Sprout's for produce and some meats though.
    Last edited by ianmonsta; July 29th, 2010 at 12:24 PM.

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    Sprouts is great, but WAY overpriced. And not to go off topic, but if you're gonna overpay for produce, hell, even if you're not gonna overpay, get some of these:



    I saw the infomercial a long time ago in the middle of the night while "impaired" and the next day I went out and bought them, LOL. But they SERIOUSLY work. I don't know how many people I've recommended them to now. They're awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    Sprout's > TJ's.
    Two different kinds of stores! TJ's is more into prepared foods and specialty foods, while Sprouts is a hybrid of a Whole Foods / Vons. Sprouts has a better meat section, but a crappy deli prepared foods section. Both have mediocre produce IME, but sometimes Sprouts surprises you with good produce at a great price.

    I don't think that TJ's has gone downhill, but that other grocery chains have raised the bar and started to carry similar products. I can now buy a 1/2 gallon of Almond Breeze at Ralph's for $3.99, which makes the $1.99 for 1qt deal at TJ's not so great. Of course, if i want chocolate Almond breeze, TJ's still as the best price. Same with Indian simmer sauces, many grocery chains carry those now as well. There is also the plethora of ethnic stores that we can purchase from as well.

    So for me, TJ's has plateaued and they need to change their game plan a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annapurna View Post
    Two different kinds of stores! TJ's is more into prepared foods and specialty foods, while Sprouts is a hybrid of a Whole Foods / Vons. Sprouts has a better meat section, but a crappy deli prepared foods section. Both have mediocre produce IME, but sometimes Sprouts surprises you with good produce at a great price.

    I don't think that TJ's has gone downhill, but that other grocery chains have raised the bar and started to carry similar products. I can now buy a 1/2 gallon of Almond Breeze at Ralph's for $3.99, which makes the $1.99 for 1qt deal at TJ's not so great. Of course, if i want chocolate Almond breeze, TJ's still as the best price. Same with Indian simmer sauces, many grocery chains carry those now as well. There is also the plethora of ethnic stores that we can purchase from as well.

    So for me, TJ's has plateaued and they need to change their game plan a bit.
    Not really two different kinds of stores. Both are smaller than your typical giants (Vons, Albertsons, etc) that carry their own brand of products. They both have numerous types of prepared lunches/dinners and selection of meats (Sprouts meats blows away TJ's though). Sprouts has the best produce out there with a hell of a lot to choose from, and is the most inexpensive too. TJ's is often overpriced in the produce department, with a lousy selection.

    TJ's is better as far as cheese and wine goes, but for the overall grocery trip I only need to hit Sprouts. Don't get me wrong, TJ's has some cool stuff, but Sprouts annihilates them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ketel&tonic View Post
    Sprouts is great, but WAY overpriced. And not to go off topic, but if you're gonna overpay for produce, hell, even if you're not gonna overpay, get some of these:
    Are you sure you're not mistaking some other place for Sprouts? Their produces is CHEAP as hell! I will easily spend half at Sprouts than if I were to buy produce at TJ's or Vons. Easily. Vons will rape you on tomatoes @$2-3/lb while Sprouts has them for normally 49-90 cents a pound. I know stuff can be seasonal and all, but generally Sprouts will be the cheapest.

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    I agree on the totally different stores sentiment.


    Sprouts- Great meat, bulk items, above average produce

    For regular everyday items like cheese, ketchup, peanut butter, etc. Trade Joes can't be beat.
    Yes their meat is over priced and their produce sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azagthoth View Post
    Not really two different kinds of stores. Both are smaller than your typical giants (Vons, Albertsons, etc) that carry their own brand of products. They both have numerous types of prepared lunches/dinners and selection of meats (Sprouts meats blows away TJ's though). Sprouts has the best produce out there with a hell of a lot to choose from, and is the most inexpensive too. TJ's is often overpriced in the produce department, with a lousy selection.

    TJ's is better as far as cheese and wine goes, but for the overall grocery trip I only need to hit Sprouts. Don't get me wrong, TJ's has some cool stuff, but Sprouts annihilates them.
    I respectfully disagree on Sprouts having the best produce. They are really inconsistent from store to store. I was at the new Culver City location last week and all the produce looked miserable and like it was about to spoil. The watermelons were all soft. It can be also be expensive if you don't purchase produce on sale.

    I've never seen any prepared meals from Sprouts that are similar to what they have in TJs, unless I'm looking in the wrong place. One thing they DO have is a great bulk items section, but that isn't prepared meals.

    Can't disagree on the meat section though.

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