My all time fave HF store
Posted on 08 / 31 / 2009
The produce section is all OG, much of it is local. They put tired looking produce on sale for 50% right away; you can get some treasures there. The mushrooms are divine here, the best and only place to go for any kind of mushrooms, most (all?) of which is local. Really the produce is the highlight, but they spend a lot of time prepping the veggies before staging them, maintaining them, and it really shows. Great produce section, though the quarters are tight. So the best mushroom selection in terms of breadth and in terms of quality and freshness. This alone makes it the best HF store I've ever been...
The store is a bit tight in general, but it works and the food there is top notch. The staff has been very nice and helpful, an improvement over the last decade. The hot bar is average, though the salad bar is excellent.
I think their nuts in bulk are not always the freshest, but I don't know how long they sit either on the shelf or in a warehouse before the store. I just know the last time I bought almonds and cashews there they were too dry to grind into butter and were not oily. That would be my suggestion: to look after the bulk area w dates and such; maybe they already do and they just had a bad bunch of nuts, who knows...
The have a great wince cellar around the corner on Hilyard which is extensive, I believe I heard the most wines in OR... possibly. They just moved from the alley to the main street, and I haven't been there yet, but I don't imagine that would change their great attitude.
Never enjoyed a store more than Sundance...
BEST produce ever!, Mushrooms!, salad bar, helpful staff