June 3, 2009 § 7 Comments
Lately the Mr. and I have been noticing the serious lack of good grocery access around our neighborhood. Not that there are a lack of stores, per se, but each and every one of them tend to suck in one area or another.
Good produce seems to be really hard to find. Baby Kroger (downtown Decatur) is by far the worst. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked something up only to have it disintegrate into rotten mush in my hands. Crazy Kroger (Edgewood) is only slightly better, followed by Magic Kroger (Dekalb Indust.) and Ghetto Publix (East Lake). If I’m alone (rarely as we almost always shop together) I will trek over to my old ‘hood and hit up the Poncey Highland Publix… swoon.
Of course we are so very close to the Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, which is good (although it’s damn smelly), but therein lies another problem: the multi-store shopping trip. YDFM is great for produce, meats, and dry goods (spices, grains, etc.). Need some totally awesome obscure cheese from Switzerland? Got it. Need toilet paper? Coke? Cheez-Its? Nope. Same thing with Trader Joe’s – specific stuff, yes. Anything else: SOL.
Plus there’s the Asian issue. This girl needs her mantou and 40 lb. bags of rice, and I can’t get any Chinese goodies nearby. So that’s an additional trek to Super H Mart or BuHi Farmer’s Market (at least it’s a good excuse to have good food on BuHi).
Am I the only person in Atlanta who has to go grocery shopping at 4-5 different stores?