thornecb (68) Marblehead, Massachusetts | December 19, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Typical Trader Joe’s layout with an aisle on the far side for wine/liquor and half an aisle for beer. Trader Joe’s is a great spot for semi-gourmet foods at a good price. Cheeses, dried fruits and crackers are all good and competitively priced. Beer selection is less than ideal, as they tend to lean on price rather than quality. Plenty of US (mostly West coast with a smattering of local) offerings. Imports include those not found in other local stores, but unfortunately, while they may be worth a try - for the most part, they are not worth returning to. Store brands include the annual Unibroue Vintage Ales that are only available at TJ stores. Overall the value is higher than the quality, but still a worthwhile stop for party shopping.