What are your thoughts on Stew Leonards? I have just returned to the Westchester area and I am hearing mixed reviews. I went there last Saturday afternoon and I enjoyed shopping there. The produce was of high quality and the bakery was interesting. The meat choices were excellent. Fish too.
It was all fine and good until I got to the prepared food section. All of a sudden, I turned the corner and there were people putting their hands in large vats of freshly deep fried potato chips. I was appalled! I thought it could not get worse and upon the next turn, there was a sign reminding people not to sample the food from the buffet table. I thought, who would do that?? Apparently, the people who had finished their meatballs 50 feet back, using their fork to double dip into the General Tso's Chicken!
So a pleasant shopping experience went completely in the opposite direction. I was glad to find out at the end, that I was going to get a FREE ice cream for spending $100. So it wasn't a total loss.
Is this a common practice or did I just go on a bad day?