I never paid much attention to where I shopped for groceries until I left the workaday world. These days I do a good deal of our grocery shopping though and somewhere along the way I started paying attention.
I do over half of our shopping at the local No Frills. They have pretty good produce, a good selection of your basic pantry items but it isn’t the best place if you’re after fish or meat, so for those things I go elsewhere.
By far the best place for fish around these parts is a fish retailer attached to a fish wholesaler, called AllSeas. They have the best and freshest selection around and prices are as good as you’re likely to find.
These days I do most of the rest of our grocery shopping at Starsky’s, a European market, and Grant’s, an Asian market (with an honest to God picture of General Grant on the front sign beside the Asian characters). Once in a while we’ll venture deep into Mississauga to Adonis, which sells all kinds of interesting Middle Eastern foods.
Recently, a Farm Boy market has opened up on Brown’s Line, with much ballyhoo. The place was hopping for the first couple weeks and I avoided it. I finally dropped in this morning. Much to my surprise the place was quiet, only a few customers. It isn’t a huge place. They have a really good produce section, maybe as good as Starky’s. Grant’s has the best variety with a fantastic selection of Asian veggies. I didn’t do a careful price comparison, but everything seemed on the expensive side to me.
They do have a disproportionately large hot food area, with a huge salad bar featuring all kinds of tasty looking items. Everything looked fresh and appetizing but then again it was early in the day. I considered cobbling together a nice salad for lunch but I was really confused about the pricing. I also didn’t understand if the different aisles of salad bar were different prices, if you could mix and match or whatever. There was nobody handy to help me out so I thought, OK nevermind I’ll make my own salad at home. They also had an area where you could get a stir fry, but I have no idea if that is any good.
I bought some produce and a jar of veggie chili and a couple chicken breasts at Farm Boy’s but that’s about it. I think people who like to buy plenty of prepared foods might like it there but for anything beyond the staples I get at the No Frills, there are better options for this shopper.