1765 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.791025 -122.424172
Neighborhoods: North, Pacific Heights
Whole Foods is a lovely looking store with high priced items. It has a great variety, but it also markets itself to be apparently healthier, when it is not. Not healthier, just presented nicely for folks who will afford it. It presents itself to be an organic store along side non organic, but what we find is mostly non organic, or as they like to market it; "natural", which means; foods that can contain genetically modified ingredients (unlabeled since there is no labeling requirement) or meats that have been fed at least partly with grains that "they don't know" if the might have been GMO (I have asked three times throughout a few months). Why is this relevant? Because Whole Foods is a very strong supporter of the NON GMO Project. A food labeling project of, supposedly, foods that contain no GMOs. But in fact, the NON GMO Project, while it drives buyers to think they are avoiding GMOs, it allows for small percentages of GMOs in it's ingredients, thereby negating what it's name stands for. (if the buyers read ALL about the NON GMO Project, they would know this, but most go by the name alone "NON GMO Project… and buy, buy, buy. ) In my opinion, a store that sells genetically modified foods that they attempt to label as non genetically modified, alongside "natural foods", which can certainly contain genetically modified ingredients, along side organic foods, may be doing…only the best they can, not by providing health oriented buyers with "cleaner" foods, but by marketing a better scheme for higher sales at the expense of the buyer's ignorance. The entire hot food section at Whole Foods is non organic, which means that GMOs can certainly find their way into it. Their salad bar is partly organic. And it is a well organized store, meaning the space in it.
For those who don't care about organic, "natural" or NON GMO Project foods, and prefer to pay higher prices, this is otherwise a great place to shop and eat a nice meal during a lunch break. It is pretty well stocked, also for vegans and vegetarians. More importantly for folks like me; they do have a small selection of organic produce where to find you next dinner's ingredients. And to be fair, the produce section is half and half organic/non organic.
Ive heard of promotions but free worms in your Cod! – Went into Whole Foods today because I wanted fish. I didnt want to go to a scetchy place where I didnt know what the quality would be. Cod fillets were on sale so I took 1.5 lbs. Got home and started taking the bones out and noticed a strange curly thing on the surface. Picked it up and threw it away. Then I noticed another curly thing in the fish. Cut into the fish and pulled it out. IT WAS MOVING! Hit the internet for more info. Turns out it is a Cod worm. They occur rarely and can be prevented if you either A. look at the fish and see there are worms on it, or B. hold the fish to the light and see worms inside (called Candling). Candling is not Whole Foods responsibility but you would think you a least look at the fish when you are putting it in the display. There were at least three worms on the outside and I dont know how many on the inside. I was refunded the money for the fish but that doesnt really make up for the experience.
Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, especially when it comes to recommending what's new and fresh. The cheese and meats here are my favorite because even though the prices can really skyrocket, the selection is impeccable. Compared to the Ferry Building Farmer's Market where I spend at least twice as much on every visit, this place is a deal! So much selection of organic and grass fed meats really is a plus. Whenever I'm being lazy, it's also a great place to pick up a pre-made meal, albeit a little on the bland side.
Treat the body like a temple at the country's first national certified organic market. – In Short
Whole Foods is a vegetarian's dream grocery store, with a focus on natural and organic goods and a gargantuan selection of fruits, vegetables and vegan products. But carnivores won't feel neglected, as stores also boast a vast selection of top-quality meats, poultry and fish. Also expect fresh-baked goods, housewares, a floral department and a well-stocked vitamin and personal-product section. Deli offers hot and cold prepared foods and artisanal cheeses.
Whole Foods OK – I'm a low income -vegetarian-gay -hippie (San Francisco - where else?). I use Whole Foods for bulk items, free-range eggs, and some processed veg. foods. It's super-clean, & I find the staff very helpful. Another reviewer mentioned "yuppies" - yep, some do have that new-rich air. When they're blocking an aisle, oblivious to anyone else, I use kindness by saying "excuse me, I can't get by". When possible, I still support my local family-run market.
expensive but worth it – The store is a bit pricey, but well worth it. Especially the produce, meat, and fish. I recommend it highly.
I'D EAT HEALTHIER IF I COULD AFFORD TO!! – Fantastic produce, meats, cheeses, pates, wines, deli, flowers, etc., but definitely not for budget-minded shoppers. Gourmet items (truffles, rabbits, dried lavender for cooking and such) are easily found here. Friendly service, though often a bit slow. Believe me, if I had the money, I'd shop here all the time.
Overrated! – Although Whole Foods deserves a great deal of credit for spreading the awareness of organic foods, don't be fooled! As this company grows larger, they are taking away from other neighborhood health stores and compromising the quality of its products.
Whole Paycheck – This lavish supermarket/health foods store is pricey but has sparkling-fresh, pristine produce and a huge selection of everything from prepared foods to bakery items to wine and beer and bulk-bin stuff. Expect long lines and a self-absorbed yuppie clientele
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