Pasadena >Food Stores > Trader Joe's
610 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110534.135200 -118.147100
Mon. - Sun. 8am - 9pm
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Fresh produce and gourmet frozen foods sold at affordable prices. – In Short
Founder Joseph Coulombe started this L.A.-based convenience chain 34 years ago. Today, you can get exotic, prepackaged frozen foods, fresh salsas, huge portobello mushrooms, baby artichokes and heirloom tomatoes fresher--and cheaper--than at most supermarkets. Inexpensive meat, fish, coffees and teas, dozens of cheeses, grains and pastas cram the shelves. The frozen section features tasty treats, including barbecue chicken pizzas, mushroom risotto and salmon patties. Beer, wine and liquor sections are stocked with very affordable labels.
A MUST – Trader Joe's remains a must. It is not cheap, but is always affordable. I would love to have a person cutting the cheese for you, instead of buying them already wrapped. The vast majority of the staff is very nice. Watch your packed salads; there are sometimes brown leaves inside packages, while the date on the package is still indicating that the salad is fresh. TJ is often introducing new imported products to the U.S.
From time to time, you will find the same product cheaper at 99c stores. The wine selection could change more frequently.
The best place to go. This Trader Joes has full section of huge section of cut flowers, potted plants and a variety of gourmet & own brand items including a huge section of cut flowers, potted plants. Good prices, friendly service. They will order things for you if they are out of it. - I would suggest checking dates of packages the plastic boxed salads dont hold up too well. Check out lines can be long, and parking is very limited.
Don't get addicted! – No need to wax on about the great unusual food items this place has. What is not obvious though, is that the staples (milk, produce, eggs, butter) are significantly cheaper than the other markets, often half the price. The frozen fish are a particularly good bargain, as are the organic cereals. This location is, however, cursed with a very small parking lot which is impossible to navigate through and is pretty much crowded at all hours of the day. They could open past 9 pm and probabaly rake in a lot more business.
World o' Food – Trader Joe's is a foodie's Costco. Items in bulk, off-brands, no-brands, rarities from all over the world. Produce is limited but of good quality; same with meat and fish. There's a good wine selection, and great prices on distilled spirits. The selection is particularly good during the holidays--panettone, chocolates, German cakes and cookies. Worth a visit even if your pantry is full.
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