Now I know why no one answered me. Their meat is pretty sad looking and very expensive.
That was my first time in a Trader Joe's, I have to say I was a little disappointed. Everyone has talked the place up to me for so long, I really expected much more.
The vegetables were way sad and way over priced IMO.
Some of the things were great, the selection of frozen seafood for example. I will be going there for my next seafood meal. It seems like most of the stuff that I thought looked good was frozen. Not much fresh that caught my eye.
The parmeseano reggiano is about 4 dollars cheaper per pound than anyone else in town so that's a plus.
They had a nice selection of dried fruits, too bad they insisted on adding a bunch of sugar to everyone I picked up. I'd love to find dried fruits in a store without added sugar.
And I saw all of the organic milks and buttermilk and kefir but I could not find half and half or heavy cream at all.
The prices on some things that I know from other stores were a lot lower at TJ's. They have a nice selection of EVOO and at good prices.
Plus, they gave me a free reusable shopping bag when they found out it was my 1st time in a TJ's! That was nice, and the cashier was really friendly.
I bought the pork tenderloin for $7.00. I was able to get 3 meals out of it with our family of 3. It was so tender and had good flavor. I buy their pizza dough-.79 each. My family loves it! Their eggs are the lowest price in town for organic/farm raised: 1.49 ea.
I love their GF pasta. It has the best flavor & is only $1.99 a bag. Their frozen chicken tenders-hormone free-is only $6.99 a bag. Walmart and the National chain grocery-$8.00 a bag.
Their produce is always cheaper than the other stores and fresher. They do accept EBT and coupons on national items. I get my UDI's bagels there because they are $1 cheaper than BiLo and Whole Foods. I also like their chocolate coconut milk ice cream...yummy. Their GF pancakes taste like IHOP buttermilk ones, and the price is lower than Van's Waffles. Their deli meat is $2.99 a package and that is the CHEAPEST in town!
I love TJ's and shop there as much as I can. It is 20 min from my house so I have to do other grocery shopping on that side of town, but it is worth it!
TJ's is great for the following--not meats--of course, we have our livestock so we don't shop for meat.
Wine/Beer (from what I hear--we don't drink.)
Frozen Meals/Entrees, etc.
Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins (great for stir frys, etc.)
We don't buy produce there either since we grow our own; but have it heard it is "hit or miss". Whatever you do, don't shop on the weekends (Friday to Sunday) if possible. Go early around 8 am to Noon weekdays for best service/selection, etc.
I went there for the first time recently and found some chicken drumsticks for $1.19/lb. I thought it seemed like a good price for natural chicken so I picked up three packages. When I got to the register, the cashier made a big deal out of what a great deal it was for the chicken I was getting... Then it hit me, I was comparing their prices to the commissary meat prices! When I started looking at regular store ads, I realized I should've cleaned them out at that price! Plus, their chicken tasted GREAT and I've since cooked a package of Tyson drumsticks and couldn't eat them because they looked so gross compared to the TJ chicken.