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Bristol Farms, La Jolla

Josh | May 16, 2007 06:21 PM

After reading about this place in passing on here, finally made it over to check it out. I found it to be kind of an odd place, with a wildly varying range of stuff.

Some incredible meat, including Wagyu beef in a variety of cuts, USDA prime, and game. Very impressive wine and spirits selection. Anchor Old Potrero, a good variety of single malts, Suntory single malt (which I've been dying to try but have never seen), real German schnapps, lots of tequilas, etc. Beer selection was good compared to regular supermarket, but nothing particularly unusual. I came home w/ a bottle of Clear Creek Distillery 8 year old apple brandy aged in French oak. Very nice! Bakery section looked pretty impressive, though some of the desserts were clearly not made in-house - I've seen some of the same stuff at Whole Foods. The cheese selection was also quite nice, definitely some great options to be found there.

Cafe was kind of nasty. All the food looked like it had been sitting out way too long. I would definitely not eat there with how it was looking. Maybe its hit and miss? Also a lot of low-grade commercial food products mixed in with the gourmet goodies. Some of the breads were exactly the same as you'd find at Vons or Ralphs. A surprisingly high number of convenience food items throughout the store. It made me wonder why their selection was so schizophrenic.

I think I would go back for the meat, and for the spirits. It's nice to have an option for good whiskey that doesn't involve a 40 minute drive to Escondido.

Has anyone else shopped there regularly? What did I miss?

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