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Whole Foods Market (Pearl)
$$ - reasonable
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1210 NW Couch St
phone: (503) 525-4343
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
One of three Whole Foods I visited in Portland. Not that we don't have them here in PA, but I figured I'd see what I could find. Strangely it seems that prices on beer on about on par or even higher than the more strictly beer-centric shops such as Belmont or even Beaumont, since the PA Whole Foods price tags are typically a bit cheaper. Still reasonable overall. Atmosphere: it's a supermarket. The majority of the beer here was in a convenient cold room, and not quite as good a selection as the Whole Foods Hollywood market, or even the Fremont market. Still good though, and top notch as far as finding beer in a supermarket goes. Service rating is really an n/a, but I'll just give an average rating for technicality's sake.
One thing that PA WFs have that Portland WFs don't have: pubs in the store!
01-04-2012 06:13:14 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Typical Whole Foods store in the trendy Pearl District,. You know the deal, overpriced but quality products. They recently put in a walk-in cold box with automatic doors on both ends that serendipitously open up whenever anybody walks by, irrespective if they want to come inside or not.
On a positive note, the cold box allowed this location to expand their beer offering significantly, at least in terms of shelf space. Decent selection of Belgians and Germans, along with usual array of craft beers. Prices, are to be expected, on the high side. If you are staying downtown and car-less, this is probably one of your better bets to pick up a bottle or two, but selection pails in comparison with Belmont Station or John's Marketplace and price to The Beer Mongers.
As with all Whole Foods locations, there is usually a beer person on spot, but when I asked if they had gotten any Pliny in (the same day all other stores in town received their shipment) I got a blank eyed stare. Evidently, they changed the secret handshake when they put in the new walk-in cold box.
12-26-2011 18:06:13 |
More by jdense
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
An amazing selection for a grocery store and good service from the guy who was stocking at the time. He seemed to know his stuff. When I picked up a Mikkeler beer he must have known I was someone who knew what they were looking at and let me know he had Speedway Stout in the back as well as Parabola. On the high end since it's in the Pearl District but to a Washington boy like me it's more reasonable since I don't have to pay tax. There is certainly enough of a selection individual beers you could easily find something interesting.
10-24-2011 20:47:34 |
More by Bfarr
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a pretty large grocery store in the heart of downtown that serves the yuppie health food crowd, sometimes that means me. The bottle selection is pretty good for the area since outside of Bailey's, there isn't much. You can get all of the regional brews and the out of state stuff that you can pretty much find anywhere else. I found Hair of the Dog Blue Dot here when it was no where else in town once, that was pretty cool. It is what it is: a grocery store with a Portland style beer selection.
06-01-2010 06:25:18 |
More by squaremile
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After living in town for a few months now I finally made my way to this location to check out the beer selection. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and a reasonable number of bottles. The prices were fine, although I felt like they were priced to nickel and dime the consumer. Whatever, it's called Whole Paycheck for a reason.
The store is incredibly clean, organized, items faced. All of the staff were knowledgeable and friendly...not particularly about the beer but the employee vibe helps.
Overall it was a good experience and I picked up some decent Goose Island and Boulevard bottles. I'd go back. It's close to where I'm at and obsessively organized. I can dig it.
05-06-2010 21:08:30 |
More by djbreezy
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here before my reservation at Henry's earlier, forgot about checking out their beer selection! I tend to frequent Zupan's on 23rd for my beer selection, surprised it's not on BA, but Whole Foods had a pretty solid selection of pretty much all the local must-haves and a nice selection of outsiders as well. Coming home to Portland from San Diego reminds me of how different the two are in terms of beer scenes, but so similar at the same time. Seems like wherever I've been going, Whole Foods has a pretty awesome selection of crafts from both near and far, and reasonable prices to accompany that selection.
As far as being head and shoulders above the competition, it's not, but for a grocery store, with nice hours as well and not shut up early like most liquor stores have to be up in Oregon, it's a very solid option in a very beer-friendly area to pick up some of the beers you can have on tap across the street at Henry's fantastic establishment.
08-04-2009 06:32:33 |
More by nomomentwasted
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Day 2 & Stop 5 of the Portland Pub Crawl. Before our flight home, we stopped in here to grab a few beers to bring home. This store had a great selection of NW beers and other craft beers. We got six bombers from Bridgeport, Lompoc, Rogue, Laurelwood, HUB, and Alameda. All made it back safely, wrapped tightly in my checked luggage. Service was average, it's a grocery store. Most bombers were $5.99. We got six bombers for about $32. We didn't come across a lot of "beer" stores staying downtown, so this Whole Foods Market came in handy due to location and selection.
07-18-2009 00:03:53 |
More by morebeergood
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped into Whole Foods in search of some Alaskan bombers to take back to New England with me. They had the Alaskan Barleywine and Arctic Devil so that was cool. Its not a HUGE selection here but what they had was very respectable and very reasonably priced. Pliny and Blind Pig bottles were under $4 and they had a bunch of Oregon bombers for under $5 as well. If you need beer this is a good place to get it as its pretty convenient for anyone staying/living in the city, not to mention that the store itself is huge and full of great food.
02-22-2009 19:23:35 |
More by indiapaleale
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
I had this place recommended to me by my good beer buddy dnichols. As I was walking around Portland I just happened on to it and decided to check it out. It took a little while to find the beer aisle, but the selection was outstanding. They had quite a few of the local microbrews and a number of Belguims at the best prices I have seen to date. They did not have the quantity of beers that the Belmont Station had (as I stopped there the same day) but it beat any of the grocers I have in my area. I recommend stopping by if you are in the area, but not to seek it out.
12-08-2008 01:35:00 |
More by tbeck
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place has a pretty good selection, tends to be a bit more then New Seasons, the local competitor that I prefer to support. They're local, a bit cheaper, and give you 10% off cases, which whole foods doesn't. I did special order a case once though and he cut me a small deal and sympathized with the fact that 'corporate' won't let him formally discount beer cases even though they do with wine. Still I always check this place out when I'm in the area, and they tend to have a bigger slightly bigger range with some Germans and Belgians in particular that I never see stocked at New Seasons.
01-30-2008 01:57:07 |
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