I've never had a bad meal at FOE which is pretty remarkable given that the dishes served up on the lunch plates are created by different volunteers every day. Rather than being hit and miss as I'd expect, there's always diversity and a balance of dishes, lovingly and artfully prepared. Their bulk wholefoods and fresh produce section is always well stocked and comparably priced.
Sometimes you need to be a bit patient with surly staff but most of the volunteers are gorgeous and friendly and you have to respect the people that are donating their time (and have done for years) to make nutritious, delicious, ethical food accessible to as many people as possible. I'm not involved with the co-op myself but have an understanding of the time and energy these folks put in, and how draining that can be. Give 'em a break, alright?