Sundance Natural Foods

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 9 reviews )

748 E 24th St (at Hillyard), Eugene, Oregon, USA, 97405

Established 1971. Stocks organic produce, vitamins, grocery, care products, salad and hot foods bar. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-11:00pm.

9 Reviews

First Review by kir

Disappointed - Edit

I was pretty disappointed by this place. First, I was told by someone (who was obviously misinformed) that Sundance was completely vegetarian. I now know that it is not. As it's been said in the reviews before, the store is small and unorganized, which made it difficult to maneuver.

I ended up getting lunch from their salad and warm food bar. This also was very disorganized. Not only did I not really know how it worked, but nothing was clearly labeled. I think everything on the bar was at least vegetarian, and a lot of which was vegan, but it would not have been much more work for them to label each of their foods as such. I had to read through the ingredients of each one, which took additional time that could have been easily saved.

Lastly, the food was expensive. My two medium sized containers from lunch costed almost $13. I looked at their sandwiches (which sounded amazing) but they were each at least $7 a piece.

Just wasn't that pleased! But, you should still give it a shot yourself, maybe you'll have a different experience!

Pros: Vegan Friendly, vegan cheese

Cons: unorganized, not labeled , expensive

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great store - Edit

Everything is organized well. The prepared food was very delicious with lots of vegan options.

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A wonderful find - Edit

I am a Whole Foods addict. When I am traveling I always look for there salad bars. Sun dance out while foods to shame. Sourced local produce that looked and tasted amazing. I planned on doing a salad bar trip and then a hot bar trip. I loaded up too much on the salad bar so can't tell you what the hot bar tasted like but it had lots of amazing vegan dishes. The salad bar was awesome and here were about 10 prepared salads that were all amazing and vegan. If you are traveling through Eugene I highly recommend a stop here. Ask for Raw. She was amazing.

Pros: food, staff, selection

Cons: none

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Knowledgeable Staff - Edit

The staff here knows their stuff. Ask any question in the vitamin section especially, and you'll come away with a ton of knowledge. They're pretty friendly too. They specialize in vegan food, there isn't a single piece of meat anywhere in the store. They carry Daiya and Dr Cow vegan cheeses. All the produce is organic. They buy local as much as possible. And they thoroughly research their products. You can rest assured that what you get here is the best available, for both your own health, and the environment's. Also check the distressed produce shelf. Stuff that's not that fresh, but not at all bad, is marked down 50%.

Updated from previous review on Wednesday October 30, 2013
Thanks for the correction Kindlizard. Guess they do have a little animal. I had never noticed it.

Pros: Mostly vegetarian, Knowledgeable Staff, Distressed Produce

Cons: Small, Health Store Prices

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kindlizard 22 Jun 2010 - Just a note: they do sell tuna fish and chicken broth, both are obviously not vegetarian.  

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You can't be serious... - Edit

5 Stars for this place? I guess everyone is made of money and they love feeling claustrophobic walking down grocery store isles? The most expensive grocery store in town, period. Retail all the way, their "discounts" are a joke. The salad bar & hot bar are both very bland and tasteless. Did I mention you will have to tuck in your elbows just to walk around in the place? Hipsters & Yuppies everywhere (tis the neighborhood) so if that's your scene then party on Garth...

Pros: can't think of one

Cons: everything

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Amazing selection, friendly staff! - Edit

Sundance, as previous reviewers have noted is very small, and quarters can be tight, but they do a very impressive job of packing an incredible selection of goods into the space, lacking nothing that a full-size grocery store would have. Except, of course, meat! I've been told in the past that the only thing that Sundance has that's meat is some tuna. It's so nice to have the selection of a large store without the trade-off of having to see a deli counter. The (mostly) college-age staff are friendly and helpful, and know their store well. The produce section has plenty of diversity and one can often get some good deals on their 50% off shelf. The wine and beer selections are great as well, showing an impressive breadth as well as some good sales. They also have glass ware for sale as well as a hot bar which is pretty good. If you've got a choice in the matter, Sundance should be your first (and last) stop for grocery items in Eugene.

Pros: Selection, Staff, No meat

Cons: Small

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Best Store - Edit

This store is a Eugene institution and the best grocery store in town, hands down. Excellent beer selection. What a grocery store should be.

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My all time fave HF store - Edit

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...

Pros: BEST produce ever!, Mushrooms!, salad bar, helpful staff

Cons: tight

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Awesome! - Edit

Great place for organic, local, vegan, raw, and bulk stuff! The BEST place for vitamins, etc! The BEST place for wine (separate building), without a doubt! Very nice beer selection! The salad bar is amazing with great raw choices! As for the hot bar, you cannot cook a hot organic meal yourself for less money! The people are great and want to take care of you. The store is small but is run so efficiently, during the busiest times you barely wait for checkout. BTW, if you want locally foraged mushrooms, this is the place to buy them...beautiful morels, hedgehogs, chanterelles, black and white truffles, etc.

Pros: AMAZING VALUE!, products chosen by knowledgeable staff!, lots of local stuff

Cons: small

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