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$$ - reasonable
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8003 Turkey Lake Rd
phone: (407) 355-7100
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods is right by my job, which I love. I've gone in here on a couple of occasions. The first time I went and checked out their food they have set up buffet style for you to stick in some styrofoam and head back to work or eat at the various tables they have set up. On this visit I noticed their nice selection of beers.
On my second visit I checked out the beers (2 coolers on 2 sides of the store). Many single bottles and 4/6 packs available as well as big bottles. The prices are comparable to most other stores although sometimes you'll find a good deal. If you don't see something or only see one of something the staff is super friendly and willing to go see if they have more of what you want.
Finally, they have a bar in the middle of the place, which stocks around 8 beers (CCB among others) and a good selection of wines.
05-16-2013 17:19:45 |
More by ajtorres311
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a typical Whole Foods market, with a good (but not huge, compared to, say, Total Wine) selection at decent prices.
One way, however, in which it is NOT typical at all is that it has a bar right in the middle of the supermarket - an honest-to-God BAR with 8 craft beers (and 16 wines) in coolers, proper bar-top with coasters, stools to sit at and a knowledgeable bartender. It's U-shaped and the other side of the U is a a coffee bar, with an ice-cream counter linking the two, so pretty much all tastes of a snacky/desserty/beery nature are catered for. I had Cigar City Hotter-than-Helles and Brooklyn Blast Double IPA, so there was both local and national interest to be had.
The bartender said it was the only such bar in a Florida WFM, although he didn't know about anywhere else (nor I). Food from the store (like hot fresh pizza) was available and in all it was remarkable how much of a bar ambience was created among the tomatoes, pesto, cookies and fresh fish.
04-02-2012 16:00:55 |
More by Lockbreeze925
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I stopped here on two different occasions during our Orlando vacation. This was a very convenient beer pit stop on our way in and out of town and is just off the highway.
Atmosphere: First of all, as a grocery store, this place is great... one of the better Whole Foods I've visited actually. As a beer place, it was good. The beer selection is spread out throughout the store for no reason whatsoever. Curious....
Service and Quality: There was no CC Maduro on the shelves when I went for the second time. I wanted to grab some on the way out of town to bring to a friend. I found the beer buyer and he retreated to the back and found a freshly arrived shipment of the stuff. Nice customer service!
Value: As with most Whole Foods, the prices were $1-2 higher than most other places, however, I did find some stuff that was right on par... particularly the Cocoa Beach Brewing Co. stuff.
This is a very easy, convenient stop in Orlando, particularly if you are staying near, or are visiting Universal Studios.
07-18-2011 11:47:10 |
More by Chaney
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by here on my Florida vacation in my quest to knock out another store. It's a grocery store, so don't expect beer geeks everywhere first off. There's beer in three location in the store: with the produce as part of a mix a six selection, with some cheese (just a few assorted bombers), and then in the far corner by the way, there are a lot of six packs. Selection was pretty good, with a lot of Cigar City bombers and a bunch of stuff I can get back home (Victory, Great Divide, etc). Prices were really good...8.99 for a six pack of Maduro? Yes please. Knightly is a better overall store, but it's on the other end of town. Whole Foods is a decent little stop if you're in the area.
03-24-2011 19:54:32 |
More by bigfnjoe
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on Sept. 3, 2010.
This is a pretty big Whole Foods store. The beer is in the back with the singles selection near the produce and the bombers/packs near the deli. The selection was pretty good. DFH, Southampton, SN, North Coast, Fort Collins, Eel River. Weyerbacher, Bell's, Great Divide, Terrapin, Steelhead, Starr Hill and others. The singles selection is a pretty good representation of what's in packs.
In the other section, you have the same breweries plus some Rochefort, BFM, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Cigar City (Guava Grove & Big Sound), Bison, Hoppin' Frog and others. There's about 30 different bombers & 750mls. Everything is priced and seemed reasonable. Service was perfunctory.
Worth a stop for sure and it seemed to have a better selection of domestics than Knightly.
09-15-2010 00:21:00 |
More by papat444
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
When you walk in to the store if you go to the far left wall there is a singles/mix six shelf and a small selection of beers on the cheese shelf across from it. The mix six selection is well chosen with a good variety of expensive, seasonal and local beers. Over the cheese while I was there were an assortment of Bruery and BrewDog beers.
As you walk along the back end of the store there is a selection of packs and large format single bottles. Again a well chosen selection of locals, regionals and national beers along with a good selection of imports. The selection at this store is disappointing compared to the Tampa Whole Foods on Dale Mabry but not bad. I also knocked it a bit as the section is so divided. The two parts are literally on opposite sides of the store.
The lady there restocking the beer was very helpful and knew a few things. She was able to help me make a decision and was polite. I was shocked that a person in the store knew what was what when it came to the beer selection. Maybe that is why it is so well thought out.
A little on the pricey side but reasonable considering it is a Whole Foods and they tend to be a bit more expensive across the board.
04-20-2010 14:40:58 |
More by mullenite
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Thanks beerfly for pointing me to a Whole Foods while I was in vacation of the beer wasteland of Orlando for vacation.
On the left side of the store is a mix a six pack area, with a small area of 12 oz. bottles. That's always a nice option, and I'm surprised to find that in a grocery store. Across from this section are some 750 ml Bruery bottles hiding in a chilled cheese section. The six pack section is on the other side of the store. This is what I was looking for. I was looking for some thirst quenching wheats and a local beer, and I left with six packs of Hoegaarden, Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, Orlando Brewing Pale Ale, and a bottle of Brooklyn Local 1. I also found a strange bottle of Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic. Prices were a bit more than I'm used to.
Maybe there aren't a lot of FL breweries, but there didn't seem to be much local. No Cigar City, and only a few other Southern beers. Everything else was pretty typical, with most styles covered. The area they were working with was pretty small, but for what I was there for it worked fine.
04-17-2010 00:25:09 |
More by jeffthecheff
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Thanks to my fellow BAs for the recommendation. This place has great variety. There is a nice grocery store sized cooler that you can mix a six with. The variety is good there with Bells, Orlando, Left Hand, Rogue and others being well represented. Beer can be found throughout the store on shelf tops. There is also an ample selection of six packs. I found several beers there I had been searching for a while. The prices seemed reasonable to what I would expect to pay here. I wish this place was more organized, but certainly one of the best beer stores I visited while I was in Florida.
01-05-2010 16:37:59 |
More by tigg924
quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Well, this is a regular stop for me if I'm getting a few tasters on my lunch break.
They have a nice big selection of single brews to include, but not limited to: Two Hearted Ale, La Fin Du Monde, tons of Sierra Nevadas, Left Hand brews, Full Moon, Trappistes Rochefort, Bells and several others. I'd guess about 100 different single to choose from. The cool thing is that if you do the math, the single bottle price is not much different than if you multiplied it by 6 (or 4) and bought the package. So it's easy to bring yourself to "make your own six pack."
If you venture over to the package goods area, you'll find a lot of cold "big beers" and growlers of Chimay, etc... Also, tons of cool sixers of good imports and micros.
I just love the hippie atmosphere. They have used, empty six pack boxes laying there for us drunks to use! We can recycle and feel good about buying beer here! I keep hoping to get a cashier who is playing with less than a full deck of cards so they will simple scan the six pack (I always use something like an empty Bud or Heiny) so I can get 6 amazing beers for the price of 6 mediocre bottles of shlug.
I love this place, seriously.
12-22-2009 03:31:23 |
More by WeezyBoPeep
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I was on international at a conference and couldn't justify the time and cab fare to knightly spirits.. so I figured I'd give WFM a shot. Wow - was I ever glad I did.
For a Canadian in search of quality American micros - I hit the jackpot. Everything I was interested in was there plus more. Sierra Nevada, Stone, Brooklyn, Dogfish, etc.. plus all the beer were sold in singles at very reasonable prices. I didn't see any Belgians but there were a number of Euro lagers at the top of the stand.
This was such a good I went back twice in three days! If you're on International for a conference or just staying with the family look this place up.. it's a solid 15 minute walk but worth it.
05-26-2009 02:36:12 |
More by Ralphus
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