When I first discovered the Grocery Outlet, they were in a slightly different location than they are now. The old place was in the same part of town, I just can’t remember where, so if anyone does, tell us please. The old one was a bit more adventurous for the shopper. The used to carry jams from Turkey and honey from places like Moldova. Every visit was an adventure. If you saw something you liked, you had to just grab it because it might disappear, never to return.
Since the move, it’s a different experience. Gone is the schadenfreude I used to feel from mixing with the hoipoloi. These days I’m one of them, and glory in my identification with the 99%. GO is evolving, too. Nowadays, like Safeway, they send you emails about their current offerings. I go about once a month (my food comes from Winco, COSTCO, Murphy’s and Safeway, in pretty much that order). I always go when there’s a food drive on. Not only can you fill your bag cheaply, they stock the kinds of food you want for a food drive- canned soups and stews, peanut butter, tuna. I go to buy for the food drive, then end up buying more stuff for myself than for Food for People. This last time GO was featuring Harris Ranch ground beef in 3 lb chubs for $10 and change. Considering the godawful rise in GB prices lately ($4.99/lb at Safeway) this is a no-brainer. Made two meat loaves.
They still have the weird imports and the domestic non-starters too. I bought tapenade from Peru and low-sugar marmalade from Smucker’s for $1.99. (The NO-sugar version version goes for over $3 at Murphy’s.) They have Irish cheese and I picked up some Stilton, very cheap. They have a lot more fresh produce than they used to and their beer prices are excellent. Definitely the first stop when I’m giving a party.
So if you haven’t been there, give GO a try. Nice people, good prices. And on top of everything else, it’s just across the parking lot from Mike’s DriveUp, of Garlic Fries fame. I’ve never appreciated the Garlic Fries, but Mike’s is the only place in Humboldt -as far as I know- where you can get an LA Tommy’s-style cheeseburger, sloppy. drippy, gooey. With chili? Of course.