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Trader Joe's

510 Ratings: 3.6
Privately owned & operated grocery store chain with 300 stores in 25 states, featuring upscale and organic fare

Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. As of December 2008, Trader Joe's has a total of 315 stores. Its stores are located most densely in Southern California, but the grocery … see full wiki

26 reviews about Trader Joe's
review by . December 13, 2008
Trader Joe's
As the headline states, yes, there's a reason why my friends call me a Trader Ho.  It's because, well, I am.  I'm a ho for Trader Joe's, and I'm not afraid to admit it (I'm also a Cost-Ho, but you can read about that in another review!).      First of all, I love how organized their store is and how they mostly only sell their own line of food products.  This takes the hassle out of having to compare different brands and prices.  Their foods are fresh, mostly …
review by . March 23, 2011
Let me just start by apologizing to all devout-Trader Joe's shoppers. I know, I've been there.      In fact, I started shopping there more than 20 years. Very friendly employees, fun & colorful packaging, easy to handle and perfect for bachelor/ettes & college students, loooow prices, and kitchy titles on self-branded items.      But my boyfriend & I no longer patron them. This is why: Processed foods from far away places (talk about 1500 …
review by . February 25, 2011
A great choice if you want food without a lot of crap in it but don't want to pay crazy prices. Also, great selection of fairly priced wines. Love the honey moon, velvet moon...any of the moons!
review by . August 01, 2008
Trader Joe's Baskets
Seriously though, it's like my little oasis.  A truly happy place.  My kid gets a balloon... I get amazing selection of what is basically a curated grocery experience, crazily low prices (without any coupons or weird club cards) and a wide array of healthy options -- from organic, to vegan, to just plain yummy.  Feels like that small neighborhood market my mom took us to as kids, when we lived in this little hippie enclave in the midwest.      It really comes …
review by . February 27, 2010
posted in Vegan Living
I was first introduced to Trader Joe's when I was attending college in California, but it probably wasn't until I moved to New York that I realized how much I loved that little grocery store. When they opened their first store in Manhattan off of Union Square, it was clear they had severely underestimated how much value people placed on their brand and their products. With many Californians living in New York City the store is always bustling, and there are typically two long check out lines …
review by . March 07, 2009
I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's grocery stores, although I can''t shop there exclusively because they don't have the, er, bad, unhealthy junk food I like. For example, Pepsi. Hey, a girl occasionally needs some Cool Ranch Doritos and Oreos in her life.     Mostly when I go I buy prepared and frozen dishes, because they are fantastic here. Trader Joe's doesn't stock much, if anything, that's not high quality food. (And by this I mean no high fructose corn syrup …
review by . August 05, 2010
One of the Best Grocers
   I don't have a Trader Joe's near me, and that is the only reason I don't give them 5 stars. It would be nice if they had an online store too.      Otherwise, I love their products and philosophy. Great tasting, wholesome food at affordable prices. Their Red Pepper (and Eggplant) spread (formerly Pinjur) is to die for. Trader Joe's gathers tasty treats from across the globe and puts them under one roof. Their stores and marketing have an old-timey …
Quick Tip by . February 28, 2011
posted in Green Living
Here in Louisville we are being told a Trader Joe's is coming soon. With all of the great things I've read about it on here I'm looking forward to it.
Quick Tip by . January 07, 2011
posted in Grist
Gotta love Trader's! Though it's always annoyingly congested inside this grocery store, I still go for the unique food products and cheap variety of wine. Their layout is convenient and easy to navigate (so helpful when you want to get in and out!) and I've always found their staff to be very friendly. A must-go for healthy food.
review by . November 25, 2009
Sunflower butter Wasabi peas Middle eastern hummus/falafel mix More soymilk variation than Safeway has toothpastes "Two buck chuck", or more importantly, a whole case of booze for $28 (yes, that's California CRV tax for you rather than my math) 19 cent bananas and $1.99 steamed beets Organic fruit in plastic boxes $1.99 grapefruit juice and $2.99 OJ "NOT FROM CONCENTRATE" Samples including pizza and fresh coffee, both in microscopically small servings A "Weightwatcher's …
Quick Tip by . July 23, 2010
Good for lots of neat wines, beers and spirits... their produce selection is poor and most of their other products are typically not local to the stores they are sold in and are typically pre prepared and frozen goods. Asian markets, farmer's markets, Raley's Bevmo and Cost Plus make this place look like a joke.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
A little pricey but what a great store. Wish there was one closer to me.
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
Trader Joe's is the most wonderful grocery store - good prices, interesting foods, and lots of healthy stuff too.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
They have changed over the past few years - and i like it! Good selection of wines, fruits, veggies, and lots of unique products at better than grocery store prices!
Quick Tip by . June 01, 2010
Love the variety of products, low prices and attitude of people working there. The produce is a far cry from My Organic Market (DC store)
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2010
Absolutely the best especially now that it carries a lot of organic foods
Quick Tip by . March 15, 2010
posted in Vegan Living
Great products and great customer service. Wish I had a Trader Joe's near my home!
review by . February 28, 2009
posted in Eco-Babyz
Seriously, if I could I would live there, after all - not a meal goes by without something from Trader Joe's! I don't know how this happened, but first we went to Trader Joe's rarely, on occasion, and we bought very few things there - mostly because of the mentality that if these things are healthier and a lot of them organic - it is more expensive to shop there. That is what we thought until we really started comparing prices with our usual grocery store. To our dismay (!) it was less expensive …
Quick Tip by . March 09, 2010
posted in Green Living
I like it, but I like Whole Foods better
Quick Tip by . March 08, 2010
I LOVE TJ's.
review by . March 10, 2009
I ask you: how anyone can go elsewhere if they have a TJ's in their 'hood? I'd go their every day if I could. Heck, with all the new stuff they have coming out all the time , it's impossible to have a dull shopping experience at TJ's!   You can find everything you need for  a fraction of the price here, AND it's healthier and of a much higher quality.   What's more is you can find hundreds of things you just can't get at your typical chain (green tea muffin mix, anyone?). That's the beauty …
Quick Tip by . December 02, 2009
If like me you relish morsels for snacks, then TJ's is the best for sweeping through right when you need a (Fair Trade!) pick-me-up.
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
Trader Joe's gift certificates- great for the holidays!..featuring upscale and organic foods.. perfect for the person who has everything
review by . January 12, 2009
Trader Joe's is a great addition to all the other grocery stores in Chicago.  I don't go there specifically for meats, produce, and dairy product but they do have those items and at pretty reasonable prices.  Trader Joe's specializes in exotic items and stocks a lot of their own brands.  For example, I went there today to buy Carribean flavored cuisines.  I bought banana chips, chile mango slices, avocado and shrimp and a package of hot chocolate cookies with cinnamon and …
review by . April 07, 2009
I totally dig Trader Joe's! I shop there for my staples: canned beans and tomatoes, pastas, basic cheeses, milk, eggs, and so on. When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables, however, I find their selection to be minimal.  Usually when I go to Trader Joe's to save money on some things, I have to make another trip to Whole Foods down the street to get the fennel bulbs and meyer lemons I need to complete my meals.  
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