Come for lunch, stay and shop for dinner, fun time
Posted on 04 / 30 / 2008
Where to begin, market or kitchen? Well, the store name lists market first, so why not.
I like Mother's as a grocery store. They tend to have obscure items I have not seen anywhere else, including my deodorant! Not all locations have the same products, but they will do a store transfer and call when it comes in. Some items are a little pricey, but others are bargains, even considering my brother works at a competing natural grocer and receives a substantial employee discount. The staff tends to be awesome, really helpful, and some cashiers make amusing announcements over the intercom at night. Most are quite knowledgeable and informative. My only gripe is the lentil nut loaf dinner from the deli case has gone up significantly in price and is not always available. Occasionally, I find cold food marked half off because it met the sell by date, but anything is good another few days.
The kitchen is different somehow. There are so many menu offerings, choosing what to eat has been the most difficult decision all day both times I went. The tempeh ruben was good, and the lemon caper veggie cutlet was great but the sauce was almost too strong. Many items have a vegan alternative. Side options are a bit lacking if you see the deli case, brown rice or plain yogurt are not exactly appealing. Both meals with tax were just over $9 each I believe. Not too bad considering most produce is organic and grown locally. Service in the kitchen has paled in comparison to the retail store though, my orders both had the wrong side brought to me, and my water glass tends to remain empty. Still, there are several other things I intend to try.
My only other disappointment is that there are regular mainstream chemical air fresheners and paper products in the restroom, if I am putting good in my body I want the same in my environment. I mean, they sell the natural stuff in the store! Otherwise, Mother's is pretty great
Market staff SUPER helpful, Will transfer or order item not in stock, Variety of classes, demos, and lectures
Kitchen service lacking in comparison, Chemical bathroom spray and soap