Reports on Chowhound were kind of mixed, but I thought I’d stop by and check it out. I think I’m semi-sophisticated about food but I felt like a country rube on the first visit to the big city … my jaw dropped in wonder.
I agree with Agent 510 who said it is spectacular.
In that thread, sigleguychef provided these nice photos and writeup … It’s like a Whole Block …
I’ll put the details in the first reply so people don’t have to wade through all of it each time they open this post … about the maybe … there may be a few things they lack … but it was so huge, hard to tell.
There is this rant about the store which does shine a light on some of the faults ... and I do agree about the fish counter ... not so much about the produce ... yep,shocking prices, but stellar (for a market) cosmetic quality.
This really is a unique market that doesn't have much in common with the other zillion Whole Food stores. You won't find not only another Whole Foods like it or ANY other market that comes close to this in the Bay Area.
For those as unfamiliar with Oakland as I am it is one block from Grand and Lake Merrit ... the part that is nearest Broadway.
230 Bay Pl, Oakland, CA