El Cerrito Natural Grocery ...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 3 Reviews
Natural grocery store. Stocks only all organic produce in addition to other natural food and grocery. more-less
10367 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, California 94530
Closed now

Mon-Sun 9:00am-8:00pm



First Review by PAL
  • vegetarian

Love this place!

Posted on 08 / 01 / 2014

We love shopping here due to the good selection and friendly staff. Lots of delicious pre-made take out food and a very pleasant place to shop.

Leslie Goldberg
Leslie Goldberg
  • vegan

El Cerrito Natural Foods

Posted on 11 / 05 / 2011

Although they do sell meat, dairy and eggs, this is a very conscious store. At the check-out they will display books like "Fast Food Nation" or John Robbins' "Food Revolution." It's a small store that manages to stock just about everything a vegan would need, including organic produce, a good bulk section, lots of soy and wheat meats, soy yoghurt and other "dairy" products, vegan cookies. Well, yes, all the vegan junk food you could want. What more? They've got solar panels on the roof. Parking is no problem and the employees are very cordial and no, I'm not an owner. And I don't work there. I'm just lucky to live nearby.

Pros: good produce, plenty of vegan junk food, polite and helpful employees
  • vegan

El Cerrito Natural Grocery

Posted on 02 / 20 / 2010

I have been shopping at ECNG for twenty years, which shows they are doing something right. Yes, it is very near my home. However, after doing some comparison-pricing some years ago, I discovered that nearly all of their organic produce was better priced than at any of the local organic farmer's markets. The produce may be slightly fresher at a market, but for me, the offset in reduced fossil-fuel use, more than compensates for the produce being maybe a couple days post-harvest. None of the produce at ECNG ever looks "old and tired" which I do find at a certain big organic chain grocery. Also, the produce area is well-lit, so you can be sure what you're buying. The other real plus at ECNG is that the staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful, cheerful and pleasant. It is never hard to find someone to answer a question about an item or a price,and they are always happy to help with such things. Having said so much in its favor, I am sorry to say that for me ECNG continues to have two serious drawbacks, although obviously they are not serious enough to stop me from being a customer. The first issue, which seems unsolvable, is that the store is relatively small, which does affect the available selection of packaged and prepared foods. There are some items such as vegan sour cream and vegan cream cheese, which they simply don't stock, which means I do have to shop elsewhere. The frozen food department is particularly scanty, and much of it is taken up by meat-based products. The other drawback to ECNG is a very personal one for me. They have an actual butcher department at one end of the store, which for me means two unpleasant things. One, I have to be careful not to look at the dead body parts when I get to that end of the store, and worse, have to try to not hear people discussing animal parts with each other. Two, my sense of smell is quite acute, and I am constantly aware of that musty "death smell" which pervades the air of the entire store. This butcher-shop issue is, of course, a "fixable" problem, since the store does not have to have it there at all (except, unfortunately, it does attract a lot of customers looking to salve their consciences by eating animals who had, possibly, a few months of "free-range freedom" before dying in the usual miserable inorganic way). I do find that I have to sometimes grit my teeth before I walk in and take that first deep breath. But still, I shop there, because it is a good local store.

Pros: all organic produce, fast produce turnover, friendly staff
Cons: There is a butcher department, limited selection of brands/products, very small freezer section


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