ups and downs
Pros: Huge variety, delicious prepared foods, i have to stress how incredible the selection is. They have stuff you would never see anywhere else in Houston. The coffee selection, stuff you can buy in bulk, chocolate, wines, breads, etc - wow, there is so much variety! And the free samples! yum! I love bringing out of town guests here.
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Cons: Not enough parking, crowded at most hours of the day, the worst is that even though they have SO much variety, not much of it is very fresh. I know people are saying they have the freshest seafood and meat, but I am a vegetarian so I'm not sure about that. But of the vegetables, the leafy greens and roots are typically really overpriced AND tough (I am willing to pay a lot for fresh vegetables), they stock organic milk that is older than in other stores, i once bought cheese there that went moldy in less than a week, spiced red peppers that went moldy in about 1 week, their eggs aren't that fresh either, the list goes on and on.
My bottom line is that it is super fun to go with your friends, check out the free samples, but buyer beware if you aren't eating the food that you buy within 3-4 days. As for fresh leafy or root vegetables, better to buy somewhere else because everything here is tough and gamey, unless it's some exotic ingredient that you can't get at another store. If you must buy vegetables here, cook within the day.