Was visiting Fairfax County, VA. last week and walked into the fairly new Whole Foods Market there...Wow! It was the most impressive of their stores I've seen so far, even including here in the New York metro area...There are places to sit down and have a bite at these markets but at this location there were several individual food bars more resembling restaurants: BBQ, Fish & Chowders, Asian, even a sit down bar for a cheese and wine flight. We tried the BBQ, very good. And the Seafood, also very tasty. Reasonably priced for Whole Foods we thought, too. Apparently manned by well-trained and friendly culinary staff.
Hung out for a while and what intrigued me most was that I saw many folks, couples, singles, groups, coming here to dine as a destination...
Do you eat at your local market whether it be high end or low end? Is Whole Foods competing with local restaurants now too?
(Just by coincidence, we were there the day Emeril Lagasse was using this store to film segments for his new Emeril Green show.)