I finally went to Lambert's today, after picking up the V-Day bounty at the Phillips Candy House. It's located on Southbound Morrisey Blvd. in Dorchester, before the new big Stop & Shop and Neponset Circle. Co-workers have lauded the weekday salad bar (10 am-7pm) but I've yet to make it there at lunchtime.
There weren't any obviously organic vegetables, but there were lots of fresh, well-priced vegetables, as nice looking as (and cheaper than) the vegetables at the Roche Bros. in W. Roxbury. They had lots of leafy greens, including nice looking collards, dandelion greens, and a variety of asian greens. Lots of root vegetables, from fennel to celeriac to beets to purple & white turnips. Bulk potatoes, loose squashes, broccoli (for 99 cents a pound), and decent looking green beans. AND, savoy cabbage. For the beets, turnips, celeriac and savoy cabbage alone, I will go back. The sweet potatoes I bought were fresh, and not full of fibrous eyes and dents like supermarket sweet potatoes can sometimes be. The fruits looked like your standard pears/apple/citrus, although when I got home, I forgot I'd been intending to look for blood oranges.
There's a deli counter, complete with big, fresh (i.e., not wizened like many supermarket) roasted chickens, packaged potato salads and marinated vegetables, and other deli salads and meats I didn't look too long at. They have pre-sliced and packaged proscuitto, salami, cappicola, etc., and a small but respectable selection of cheeses. It's not Harvest, or Whole Foods, but it's decent.
My big surprise was the fresh meats, and real, honest butchers behind the counter. There were lots of cuts of pork, including FRESH picnic shoulder, turkey breasts, legs, and enormous roasters and chicken breasts. I did not ask about their provenance, as I was in a rush and a little giddy at the newness of it all. I doubt the chickens are organic etc., but they might well be local, who knows. The beef selection, including whole oxtails, looked very nice, and I noticed bags of frozen goat chunks next to other frozen seafoods that I may get up the gumption to try some day. They also head fresh and frozen seafood, which I also didn't pay much attention to, sorry to say. The prices were better than Roche Bros.
There's a decent (if more expensive than supermarket) selection of packaged foods, so that you could do your evening's entire shopping there. I picked up a package of couscous to go with this evening's lamb stew. Eggs were $1.19 a dozen.
Since I eat low carb, Lambert's is actually a better value for me for the foods I eat every day. I'd probably still run to the supermarket or Wal Mart for my dish soap, toilet paper, etc., but for meat and vegetables, I think I'll try to shop more at Lambert's on my way home from work.
As a final bonus, there's a store called Boston Ice Cream Factory next door. I picked up a pint of ginger and a pint of coconut almond chip for $4.75 a pint. ($10.00 atm/credit card minimum, btw.) It's creamy and very flavorful, handpacked. Not superpremium, but that's ok with me, so long as it's local. They have lots of flavors, like peach, pumpkin, frozen pudding, coffee, and other things. The girl behind the counter told me they'll make an ice cream cake from any flavor on offer, for the basic price of each size cake, plus four dollars. Special order cakes require two days' notice.
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