What an experience we had at Woodman's! First of all, the store is truly huge. Too big to go through each aisle and get out in under one hour. As pointed out in the Beer Advocate, Woodman's has a large assortment of microbrews and designer beers. We purchased a beer by Flying Dog Brewery, K-9 Cruiser Altitude Ale. There was also the largest assortment of single malt scotches outside of Sam's. I bought a novelty drink called French Kiss Liquor, which had a pretty bottle and tasted too sweet. There was a whole aisle of Asian food with five different flavors of "Pocky", (we grabbed one package of each flavor), Vietnamese garlic chili sauce, spring roll wrappers, miso and shrimp crackers. (We will still go to Mitsuwa for sushi and anime posters.) The Mexican/Hispanic aisle had corn husks, bulk chilis, and a variety of seasonings never seen in Dominicks or Jewels. For Chicago Chowhounds you have Treasure Island, Pilsen/Little Village and Chinatown for ingredients. For the "East of Iowa" folks, (you know, Sleepy Hollow, Huntley and Hampshire) this is a great place to shop for exotic foods. Would I go back again? Yes, but only for foodstuff I can't find at Dominicks or Jewels. I will go to the Liquor Department, which has a separate cashier from the grocery section, for fun beer. Woodman's is too big for my weekly shopping trip. Cash or checks only.
Carpentersville (but it seems like Algonquin), IL