What a great addition to grocery shopping in the Northern Dutchess region! This blows away the very mediocre Rhinebeck Stop and Shop and will severely impact business at Tiberio's Red Hook IGA. Those of us who shop twice a week in the Kingston area will now be saving some gas money (which is quite a bit right now).
The key parts of this terrific new supermarket are the butcher shop, the fish market, the fresh produce, the bakery, and the natural foods section. That is not to say that the other departments come up short; rather, the five star departments just really shine.
This is the best meat department that I have seen in the region. It might be better than Adams. Beef is king here with flavorful cuts not usually seen in supermarkets including hanger steak (which is called "sirloin tip" here), boneless short ribs, and blade steaks. They carry some of the boutique brands: Wolfe's Neck Farm beef, Bell and Evans chicken, and Provimi veal. Plus, there is a large service butcher counter. The hanger steak was $3.29 a pound and a frenched rack of lamb was selling for $9.99 a pound.
The fish department already has one big advantage over Stop and Shop: it doesn't smell. I was impressed by the selection, freshness and price. Maine mahogany clams at 10 cents each, dry scallops for $8.99 a pound and fresh hake at $4.99 a pound. I would still give the nod to Adams, but I plan to frequent the Hannaford fish counter often.
The produce section is quite large and features a number of distinct displays: tropical fruits, root vegetables, peppers, mushrooms, etc. Today, they had 3 types of asparagus (regular, pencil thin, and white), 8 types of fresh hot peppers, and a basket of fresh oyster mushrooms ($4.99 a pound!). Prices are not as low as Adams for the most part, but they are cheaper than Stop and Shop and the IGA, and the quality appears to be comparable to Adams.
The bakery is equally impressive. I knew that they were doing things right when I found out that they were receiving a daily delivery of the superior bagels from Lox of Bagels, the renowned Saugerties bakery.
And, the natural foods section may make stops to the local health food stores a little less frequent. They have the bins for self service of quinoa, wild rice, tri color orzo, etc. that I only found, previously, at Mother Earth's in Kingston.
There are many food enthusiasts among those of us that live on the east side of the Hudson. Now we have a supermarket that should meet most of our needs.