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525 N Lamar
phone: (512) 476-1206
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quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The new Whole Foods is a definite destination point. It is a beautiful store with alot of cool stuff. There are several little "restaurants" serving up different types of cuisine (including their own smokehouse!!!)for eating there or to-go. The aromas will definitely make you hungry. They even offer wine by the glass while you shop or eat. While we were there they offered a beer tasting featuring Lagunitas IPA and PA.
The service seemed fine to me. There were a ton of employees working (Saturday afternoon) and they all seemed friendly. The beer cooler had at least one employee in it the whole time I was there.
The selection was disappointing to me. I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. The "beer alley" is way smaller than it is built up to be. One side of it is almost exclusively display space (10cs of Stella, 10cs of Pyramid Apricot, 10cs of Lagunitas Maximus, etc...), the other side is lined with racks full of beer. I only found a handful of things that are not available in San Antonio, the best being Aventinus Eisbock. I bought a few things, but overall I was let down.
The prices are reasonable. $6-$8 a six pack, .750's and bombers are also reasonably priced. I did not see any exorbinant pricing. It is worth a trip to see for yourself, especially if you are in a small Texas town lacking in better beer. The store on the whole is very nice.
08-09-2005 00:52:08 |
More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
From what I understand, this is the original Whole Foods location. No doubt, they expanded its` size from when they first opened, but still kinda neat. Anyhow, it is a good place to pick up some beer to take home or to your hotel if visiting. The fairly well rounded selection reminded me of what their NYC Bowery location, suited to the distribution of Texas. Local breweries such as Jester King and Real Ale are here, along with plenty of other domestic craft or macro options and imports too. Since it is Whole Foods, prices can be a little north of some other retailers. The staff was OK at my visit, wasn`t particularly looking for anything special, but some young lady in produce did point me in the direction of where to find the beer !
07-14-2011 20:32:17 |
More by mltobin
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.
03-12-2008 14:18:43 |
More by YonderWanderer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Not a huge fan of buying my beer from the big guys, but sometimes I have too.
The beer is located at the center of the store inside a walk in cooler. Their selection is good, they carry most of your standard beers available in this region, do occasionally get more limited releases, and when they do, their prices are fair.
Still would say their selection is less than Specs of the 71 and Central Market. So if you live near one of them, I'd go there first.
Hope you find what you are looking for.
09-17-2011 21:28:56 |
More by tjkinate
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
this was my first time going as i am from the north side and usually have no plans to be right in the center of everything.
here you can get most anything available in texas at prices that compete with specs/central market. the beer alley is a good idea but i can see it getting too crowded.
my cashier was a typical emo hipster with tight black jeans and black hair which he used to protect himself from making eye contact with strangers.
the beer slection is awesome and the prices are awesome, everything else... just dont get me started.
01-25-2010 04:18:54 |
More by northaustin
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Whole Foods Market brand-spanking-new flagship store, seven stories high and across the street from their old digs. Gotta say, they've done a great job of the place, it's a beauty.
They've worked up some fashion of "beer alley," a stand-alone walk-through cooler with doors on each end. Beer is loaded up on shelves lining the wall with some loose sixers and cases on the other side. Beer guys stocking the place know their stuff.
The selection may seem great, but it's only just now come up to the number of beers that Central Market has been carrying since day one. Good to see the breadth of selection here, though, limited only by what the state allows.
I only have one criticism of this place: They forgot that Texas stays 99% humid year-round. With the cooler standing alone and both ends opening for customers, the cooler itself is cold but massively humid. Heavy condensation on every bottle and any paper/cardboard is rather damp. Remember to lift everything from the bottom when you pick it up.
05-13-2005 22:25:48 |
More by assurbanipaul
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods is out of this world and a worthy tourist destination for Austin visitors. It's huge, it's beyond gourmet in the quality and presentation of its produce, butchery, patiserie, bakery, chocolatier, etc...
I was able to purchase a variety of local crafts to try during my stay in Austin from breweries like St. Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, etc... Whole Foods also carried an above average selection of Belgians and numerous high quality crafts from around the nation. For Texas, I was big time impressed.
The highlight of the visit was a sale on Malheur Brut Reserve and Brut Noir. Bottles were 50% off. The Brut Noir went perfectly with a selection of fine deserts from the same location.
If I could, I would rate food for this location and give it a 4.5. Check this place out if you make it to Austin.
04-27-2008 23:00:31 |
More by DaPeculierDane
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After spending some quality time at Waterloo Records, which is located very close by, I stopped here on my way back to the hotel. A huge and magnificent Whole Foods with an awesome selection of beer awaits inside.
In the center of the store is a super cold walk-in cooler that showcases a wonderful array of beers from all over the world. Domestic highlights include offerings from Bear Republic, Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Anchor, Left Hand, Green Flash, Stone and many more.
There is also a nice focus on local Texas breweries like Real Ale Brewing including Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Brewhouse Brown Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Spoetzel Brewery (Shiner Bock is a Texas beer staple). Killer selection of Belgian beers too like St. Bernardus, Duvel and Golden Draak.
There is a shelf on the side of the outside of the cooler that has some great glassware. This has to be the best Whole Foods that I've ever been to. I picked up some Salt Lick Dry Rub to bring back home with me. You gotta check this place out if in the area and do yourself a favor and go to Waterloo Records too.
03-08-2010 19:08:04 |
More by Hibernator
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
visited Sept 2009
A great place to buy beer. The store is huge, and their beer selection is extremely varied, including a walk-in cooler which was very well-stocked.
Tons of craft brews from around the country, and lots of foreign brew to boot. I also snagged some glassware, including an Aventinus hefe glass.
I snagged 750s of Maudite and Duvel, and some Stone Smoked Porter and Imperial Stout. I haven't seen any Stone RIS since, although I'm hoping to snag some now that I live in San Diego county. As I said, a great place to buy beer.
02-09-2010 02:32:42 |
More by ocmpoma
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
It's hard to review this place based off of food, seeing as how it's supposed to be a grocery store. They have a self service food area and various eateries offering pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, bar-b-que, etc. I've never been disappointed by the food they offer. This is usually where I end up buying my beer in Austin, because my girlfriend likes to eat there, so I just go ahead and pick up some beers when we're done eating. They keep all of their beer in a large walk in cooler and have a very good selection. Their beer prices are competitive and you can break up any six pack. They recently added a bar to the back of the store and will fill growlers. The staff is very helpful and will retrieve a beer from the back if they don't have any out. If you're looking for a quick tasty lunch, this place is my recommendation. You can also pick up a beer from the bar, a growler, or grab some bottles from their cooler. The atmosphere is a little busy, since it is still a grocery store. But you can take your food outside to eat to their patio or upstairs to their terrace.
07-22-2011 17:04:30 |
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Whole Foods Market, Inc. in Austin, TX