August 21, 2006

Market of Choice, Burlingame

8502 SW Terwilliger (at Taylors Ferry)
(503) 892-7331
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Market of Choice
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Market of Choice is an Oregon-owned high-end grocery which has the majority of its stores in Eugene. The Burlingame store, in the location of the old Burlingame Grocery, is a very small grocery, but it manages to throw a big punch. Think of New Seasons, but even better. That's MoC. The fruit and veg section is tiny and absolutely gorgeous, filled with odd wonderful fruits like you might find at Food Front. The meat counter is full of Painted Hills beef. They have a small bulk section, and an average bulk spice selection. Everything is small but so well edited.

The danger zone, for me, is towards the cash register. The beer case—well, no one is going to confuse it with Burlingame Grocery—but they hit all the high points, both locally, from the Northwest, from the States, and internationally. The guy stocking the beer case is a font of beer knowledge. The wine section is a bit bigger, but I get the impression that it too is tightly edited. Then you have to walk past the cheese case, the wood-fired pizza oven and sandwich stand, the sushi makers, the salad bar, the deli case...

In the name of science, we tried the pizza by the slice. Perhaps there's some sort of perfume in the air that makes everything there exquisite, but for grocery store pizza, it looked really good, and it was really good. Now, it's got nothing on a good slice from Escape or Hot Lips, and it's nowhere near the league of Apizza Scholls or Ken's, but it hit the spot. And for $2, a reasonable snack.

I suspect if you regularly shopped here, it would add up. But the beer prices are competitive, and stopping in for beer, milk, and deli stuff, it doesn't seem so much more than any place else.

3 Comments

Jim Bennett said:

Market of Choice is opening a new location in West Linn which is scheduled to open October 18.

The new store will be approximately 4 times the size of the Burlingame store. It's located adjacent to the West Linn library on Hood Street.

ann damian said:

PLEASE BUILD A STORE IN WEST EUGENE.
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE 'ALL THAT AND MORE' ON BAILEY HILL ROAD GO AND RE DO THAT STRIP MALL AND ADD YOUR WONDERFUL STORE.
SAFEWAY IS CLOSING ON BAILEY HILL & WEST 11TH AND I THINK THIS WOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BRING IN YOUR STORE FOR THE UPPER END, FOOD AWARE CONSUMERS. WE NEED MORE ORGANIC CHOICES AND WE LOVE YOUR PREPARED FOOD COUNTERS AND BAKERY!
ANN DAMIAN

vj said:

Ann, you might want to contact them directly (www.marketofchoice.com). I doubt they read my blog about Portland.

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