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Whole Foods butcher counter in Oakland, and why are they so confused?

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Whole Foods butcher counter in Oakland, and why are they so confused?

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33limes | | Sep 3, 2009 01:42 AM

I feel like I'm setting myself up on this one. I know Whole Foods can't possibly compete, in terms of expertise in specific topics, but what is the deal with the butcher counter?

Part of me expects some competence at a store where I have to specifically ask for what I want from a case, and then pay several hours wages for it.

I read in a magazine a few months ago about rendering fat to make lard - which I wanted for my pie crusts. So I went to the Whole Foods Oakland, which I live very close to and shop at regularly. The guy knew what I wanted - back fat, but refused to sell me any and told me that they throw it all in the garbage, and that was the policy. How Weird, I thought. I wanted to actually pay for it.

I wanted some oxtail last week, no go.

Finally, this evening, I asked if they could actually just special order me a pork belly. The guy seemed almost shocked by the question, and said they can't get "that stuff".

Can someone possibly a butcher for me to go to in Oakland? And really, what is the deal with Whole Foods.

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