Oh Trader Joe's....I love you. But I hate you. Shopping at TJ's during normal working people's available shopping hours (any time on the weekends or after 5pm on weekdays) is just awful. It's h#ll on earth with reasonably priced organic produce. Don't get me wrong, the staff are friendly and helpful and I love the merchandise and the prices, but dear god....from the aneurysm inducing parking lot to the panic attack inducing aisles, it can be quite the clusterfxck. Seriously, after last night's shopping trip I felt like I needed a drink. Or a Valium. Hell, I could have used both. If you have the luxury of being able to do your shopping at 2pm on a random Wednesday, take advantage of this. You'll be able to browse all the great products at your leisure. But if you go on weekends or weeknights, forget it. You need to have a plan. You need to know your list by heart as there is nowhere to stop for 10 seconds to make sure you're not forgetting anything. You cannot stop to check the dates on produce. Can't decide between regular feta & the reduced fat version? TOO BAD. Keep it moving or else you'll p!ss everyone off. This can be a problem because some of the produce isn't as fresh as it should be. On numerous occasions I've had to throw out produce because I realized it was moldy when I brought it home. Examples of this are the pomegranate seeds and raspberries. If you have the time, really look at it to make sure it's fresh enough to last a few days. The prices and selection keep me coming back. I just wish the store had wider aisles and a bigger parking lot.
Thanks to Vons, I have actually decided grocery shopping can be a pleasant task, rather than a frenetic ordeal. The store is neat and organized, but what's most impressive is the staff. I was asked if I needed any help at least 4 times on my last visit, and this has consistently been their style, which is much appreciated. If you are uncertain about buying something in the produce section, they even offer a sample if you wish.The prices seem reasonable, the selection is fine, and they offer an organic line of foods as well as all the processed stuff. You can grab some hot food to go, a sandwich, soup, or Starbucks. It's all there, and I like that they encourage people to use re-useable shopping bags instead of plastic, which I do. (They sell 'em at the registers.) I like to go early on weekend mornings when it's mellower and not like a shopping cart version of Bumper Cars. The only reason I might not give Vons a full 5 stars is that the Vons card "savings" seem a bit meager, but I suppose it might be more impressive if I had a family the size of The Brady Bunch.
Raymona is the Greatest Cashier Of All At Ralphs!I really enjoy shopping at this particular Ralphs location at 5080 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, California 90016.Whenever I visit, I always get treated as family by all of the staff members, including Raymona.I feel very honored and comfortable to be her customer and feel as ONE on each and every visit, including today's.Not only is the Service Amazing, but the Food Selection and Prices are as well compared to the one around the corner from where I live.Ralphs is by far Superior and so is Raymona!I just want to say Thank You Raymona and the staff at this Ralphs location for the Excellent, Memorable Service that you have been providing to me as well as to your other millions of customers out there!Sincerely yours,Howard Paul ShoreLoyal Ralphs Customer/HPS
First of all...4.5 is my rating.....When you enter, your like, this place is tiny...the kitchen is bigger than the sitting area....Secondly, the table are too close together...obviously because the place is so small.The wood bench is really hard to sit comfortably on...Ok...so why the high rating ???The service is good....The waiter really was friendly anddefinitely on his game...But here's the real reason....The Food...Food in this little strip mall restaurant is usually foundin top notch, established and polished establishments...The chef here killed it on every itemThe tortellini, the shrimp bisque soup,The fried calamari....all of it was spot on...For the entree, I had the steak...as good as any 5 star steak house I've been to.They get a solid 4.5 from me....
I wish they'd put more of these in the city, and maybe then it wouldn't be so crowded all the time. And I do mean ALL THE TIME.This isn't the kind of place you can pop in and out of in five minutes. You tend to have to wait in line for a while, and navigating all the carts and people takes a bit of patience. There is a parking lot out back, just for Trader Joe's, but that's often full too.But the food is cheap, especially for city prices, and a lot of it is the type you can stock up on so you can take a once a month trip. Like everyone else said, the produce section isn't that great, but everything else is. Their stock runs low sometimes, because of the huge amount of customers, but going at off-hour times (early or late, I've found) tends to help.
Bs"d Bs"d First, let's answer the last reviewer: he asked "maybe it's me?". He should read his own pitch, and he wouldn't have to ask. For me, it's a great place to shop. We were here in the neighborhood when they moved in and glad that they did. Good stock, good prices, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive staff. There's a sample counter on the back with hot and cold selections and hot gourmet coffee. If long lines are a bother, try to get there earlier. This is not Russia. No offense intended, but here in L. A., long lines mean there's something good and price is right .
So this is the "USC" Ralphs, so it is swarming with USC students most of the time. However it's the closest Ralphs to Downtown short of the very small, very expensive "FIDM" Ralphs at Flower and 9th. The aisles in this store are very narrow, meaning it's hard to navigate through these swarms of students. The food selection also caters heavily to the student shopper - think lots of pre-packaged food. The parking lot is Trader Joe's small and congested. The one, saving grace of this store is the staff: they are consistently warm, friendly and speedy.
11/19/2012Eddie & Peter Super Market
This is a kindest, warmhearted, well meaning and truly lovely neighborhood store, with the coolest upbeat high energy dance music you've ever heard, I know of. I mean like Lady Gaga! There's always a ton producer at great prices on everything thing, and a GIGANTIC selection for such a small store. They were selling pomegranates for 20 cents a pound (I know right?) while commercial markets were selling them for $2.50 each! It's hilarious because it's so small you have to be clever to get down the short isles.