Whole Foods Market

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    ( 2 reviews )

4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos, California, USA, 94022

Part of large natural foods supermarket chain. Has fresh fruits and vegetables including organic produce, deli and hot food bars, vitamins, supplements, personal care products, grocery, and much more. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm. Open daily.

2 Reviews

First Review by groovyvegan

the best Whole Foods outlet I've encountered yet - Edit

While I actively avoid the downtown Palo Alto location, this Whole Foods store excels for vegan groceries and has become my #1 shopping destination (supplanting the also excellent Country Sun Market). Currently they've got an Engine 2 Diet program (this is Dr. Esselstyn's son's "plant-strong" firefighter diet) going on and they've got prominent red Engine 2 Diet labels on all sorts of vegan foods throughout the store. Their prices can't be beat for organic vegan and gluten-free items, and their produce department abounds with a wide selection of local and organic fruits and veges (the only better produce I've found is at New Leaf Market in Santa Cruz) at reasonable prices (sometimes comparable to our local California Avenue farmers' market, though said farmers' market has [during summer] awesome, knock-your-socks-off organic peaches and pluots for $3 a pound whereas Whole Foods has merely good ones for $4 to $6 a pound). If it's bulk spices you need, don't even bother here -- just go to Country Sun -- but bulk beans, nuts, grains and cereals are great here. Also the staff are unusually friendly and alert -- not weird overly talkative friendly, but just plain old helpful and "would you like to taste that?" friendly.

Updated from previous review on Wednesday June 27, 2012

Pros: excellent organic produce, good prices, friendly staff

Cons: paltry bulk spices

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Organic salad bar + vegan donuts. - Edit

I'm giving this Whole Foods 3 stars for their prepared food mostly because the produce at the $7.99 a pound salad bar is organic. One vegan option here that I enjoyed was hummus and pita bread. (Note that the only vegan salad dressing available is balsamic vinegrette which contains sugar. They also offer lemon juice.) Nothing is labelled "vegan" or "vegetarian," but at least individual ingredients are labelled.

The hot foods lunch and dinner bar was quite vegan unfriendly. The only vegan "entrees" were the potstickers and the vegetables with noodles. Otherwise, not a single main dish was vegan. There is also a breakfast bar here without many vegan options. The hashbrowns and the oatmeal might be vegan.

The "build your own" sandwich section did not offer a single vegan sandwich. None of the bread is vegan as all has an eggwash according to the employee there. They don't even offer bread for sandwiches that contain honey but is otherwise vegan. Very disappointing.

None of the pizza in the hot pizza section was vegan. My vegetarian friend had a slice and said it was the worst pizza he ever had.

Along the left side of the store, there are satays and burritos which may be vegan. Nearby there is a large selection of vegan donuts and pastries--more than I've ever seen in a store which was not a dedicated vegan bakery.

Pros: Vegan salad bar, Vegan Donuts

Cons: No vegan sandwiches, Limited vegan options at hot foods bar.

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