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Whole Foods Market
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1548 North Dale Mabry Blvd.
phone: (813) 874-9435
(Place added by: cjgator3 on 12-01-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This place is on the come-up, thanks to the efforts of the beer team of Chris, Mike and Mike. These guys are passionate about beer, fairly knowledgeable , and very helpful.
The store is situated directly across from Total Wine, and one block from the Cigar City Brewery, so they have their work cut out for them. But they rise to the challenge, consistently.
I have seen a number of extremely unusual brews, including various t' Smijse brews, tons of De Proef, the Swiss Dragon beer which is intended to be served hot, and many other rarities. The usual suspects are there as well, and usually at good or great prices.
I am so happy with this place that I'll let slide the fact that they recommended De Proef's embarassingly bland Zoetuur Flemish Ale; I still love these guys anyway! They sold me tons of Avery Fifteen and Sixteen for $4 a bottle. And they always break the Odd Notion out of the Magic Hat mixed 12er for me, so I don't have to buy a bunch of crap I don't want just to try the season's Odd Notion.
If you are in the vicinity, I recommend this place over Total Wine. Visiting both is a good idea if you've got the time or inclination.
02-21-2010 20:17:20 |
More by ktrillionaire
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Tucked away in a parking garage so if you are going to go visit, keep that in mind.
The beer selection here is downright amazing for a store like this. Loads of craft beer, a good selection of imports. They really do have something for everyone here. I grabbed a bottle of Cuvee Rene but was also considering a BA B.O.R.I.S. or Sherry Cask J.W. Lees.
A word of warning, the beer is next to the seafood department and it smelled like clam chowder and made my wife and I really hungry.
If you are checking out Cigar City it is worth it to come here as well.
03-13-2010 04:42:50 |
More by mullenite
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been here many times to pick up dinner when in town on business. First time reviewing. A bit hidden in the lot, park in the garage (it’s free). Beer is off to the right all the way in the back corner. Really nice selection and well laid out. Cold and warm beer options. Bombers, singles and six packs. Tons of Cigar City as you would expect as the brewery is right around the corner. They had Bolita, Good Gourd, Zhukov, Jai Alai, Maduro, Cubano, 110k etc. For some reason at times the bottles here are cheaper then the taproom. They have a great selection of other breweries as well like Terrapin, Bruery, Chimay, Schmaltz etc. Really solid. I spoke with Jason while here this time. Guy is very knowledgeable and I was asking if Pumking had hit yet. It had not but he expected it the same week. He then told me about a multiple bottle tasting of pumpkins he did recently and what he liked best to least. Really good guy.
Food as in most Whole Foods is damn good. Hot foods, salads, sandwiches etc. All very good and I have never had something I did not like. If your up for it walk around and sample to your hearts content, they have tons of free samples.
This is well worth a stop if you’re in the area. Cigar City, Total Wine and the location are all within walking distance of each other. Hit em all and have fun.
09-21-2011 23:56:30 |
More by GallowsThief
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Preferred Whole Foods over Total Wine by far, despite a much smaller selection. The service was great...though received from a beer distributor. He knew his stuff, pointed me in the right direction, and was willing to talk about the local beer scene. Was able to pick up some CCB and Saint Somewhere...both I could not find at Total Wine. Only CCB they had in was the Warmer Winter Winter Warmer. Prices were very reasonable...and if I lived in the area, would shop here pretty much weekly. Great selection of Northeast beers and West Coast beers, but nothing I couldn't find in NJ...except a few.
Great place...great service. Defnitely recommend the visit...
01-25-2010 23:08:19 |
More by ericfb18
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I went to Tampa to get some of the new Cigar City beer in a bottle, only available at Whole Foods. I found a great beer department, and the beer guy (Chris) was very knowledgable about beer styles, recommendations, etc. I bought what I came for, but I also found another 10 or 12 bottles that I just had to have too - that I had not found anywhere else. The beer is well cared for, nicely displayed, and there is a good variety of the standard beers, as well as quite a few specialty beers. Highly recommend - and also they have a great artisan cheese department!
05-25-2009 00:28:19 |
More by HamFon
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is located off of 275 and Dale Mabry (hwy 92). Never thought I would find this type of selection at a health nut place. Plenty of 22 oz r's everywhere you look. Think I ended up with 8. They carry all the local beer; CCB, Saint Somewhere, Dunedin. Prices are very reasonable. THEY WILL GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT if you buy six bottels or more 10% OFF. Picked up a Sierra Nevada Estate for $2.50. Also found some Rouge Captin Sig (deadliest catch) bottles. Great place good prices don't bring your ladies. My wife bought a $12.00 slice of freaking cheese don't let this happen to you!!
10-30-2009 19:26:39 |
More by Blitzstyle
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Just visited this on vacation specifically looking for CCB brews...all they had was Winter Warmer even though they are very close to the brewery. It's hard to know how to rate this. As a grocery store, Whole Foods is awesome and the beer selection compared to other grocery stores is very very good. But I think it best to compare it to any store selling beer...which results in the above average, but not great score. A nice selection from a range of breweries...definitely worth a visit if in the area.
02-02-2010 05:37:51 |
More by mwilbur
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole Foods in Tampa is located where the Walters offices used to be underneath a Target. The larger complex also houses a Total Wine, and is located very close to Cigar City Brewing. Be warned when you go -- traffic is often chaotic as people decide which part of the shopping spoke they are headed for.
In terms of total varieties, Whole Foods doesn't reach Total Wine. However, it makes up for it with a better overall selection, including sours and regional items.
What sets Whole Foods apart from the nearby competition is the staff, especially Chris and Melissa. They are real beer geeks, and are happy to spend an amazing amount of time discussing beer. On a recent visit, I came in with a trade list over 80+ wants. Chris and Melissa each grabbed a couple of pages and immediately grabbed any they had in stock, noted what would be coming in soon, told me what I could get from a store in Brandon, and even offered to find a way to get me almost anything on the list through other channels.
That service is what keeps me coming back...traffic be damned.
12-18-2010 15:26:57 |
More by tchaos
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
While I am a seasoned Whole Foods shopper, all the way back to the days of the originals in Mid City New Orleans, my beer experience there has been fairly limited. However, on a couple of recent visits, I noticed quite a few interesting beers that were rarely found elsewhere in the Tampa Bay market. So in my search earlier this week for Abita Strawberry Lager, a hard to find seasonal beer, the beer distributor rep pointed me toward Whole Foods (where consequently, I picked up the last six pack they had).
The selection of beer, while limited, is unique and complete. At any given times, their selection will cover most of the major styles, while also introducing the average shopper to some of the harder to find and unique beers likely found anywhere else in the area. The beer guy (more on him later) is plugged in to the beer scene and has made it his mission to carry some of the great but hard to find beers. Also, in the near future, there will be a buildout to add 18 extra feet of cooler space for an enlarged selection.
So about the service. Since it is a grocery store, you're likely not going to find many employees that know anything about beer. However, I happened to be visiting while the beer guy, Chris, was working. He is amazing and because of him, I will regularly shop for beer at Whole Foods.
Unfortunately with good selection and great service comes a price tag. Whole Foods is not the best place for budget or session beer purchases. You'll likely pay $1-$2 extra per six pack of many craft beers. However, I am willing to pay extra if I get great help from the staff. I walked in to the store hoping to get one six pack and left with three, just because there were beers that I couldn't find elsewhere. So price really didn't have as much to do with my buy. But keep in mind, the prices for everyday beer is hight.
Overall, I can't wait to go back to Whole Foods, but I will save the experience for days when I am open to trying something new and have extra cash in my wallet.
04-24-2009 11:50:24 |
More by UptownKevin
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