It’s been a while since we were last at Best Market in Holmdel. For starters I was shocked to find out that they had closed the smoked meat section entirely over 3 months ago. Going down the list, the diary is expensive, the meat is slightly cheaper than some markets but the skirt steak I just ate was likely not even choice much less prime ( what did I expect?), their breads are not as good as LIDL, their cat food was 50% higher priced than I usually pay, and their liquor is also expensive. Perhaps my final visit.
Had the same impression while on the hunt for turkey legs…I was too early for the legs everywhere I tried but I saw no reason to return. Plus the entire store should be cleaned. The apple bins were filthy.
thought I read that as well re Lidl, which will be a huge improvement most likely based on what I saw last time I was there and what is described above.
Will be interesting to see Lidl in an upper income town like Holmdel for sure; however I think it will do pretty well.
I had been going there regularly over the last few months because it is closer than Shop Rite. While I still love their steaks, I had a pretty bad experience with their chicken two weeks ago and have not been back. As much as I complain about Shop Rite’s prices, overall, they cannot be beaten.
And the bakery is practically non-existent, though I do enjoy their bagels.
As for pricing:
Meats are pretty much on par with everyone else.
Produce is hit or miss.
Packaged goods are much higher.
Liquor prices are through the roof.
I didnt hear that. They just moved in so I doubt they would move so quickly but I guess you never know.
@seal I was at best market sunday. They had the cheaper skirt steak and the 10.99 a pound stuff that looked amazing! You should have seen the marbling in a few of the ones on display. I think the regular was on sale for 5 a pound. You wont see skirt like that at shoprite. They get some good prime ribeye, porters and strips but not skirt like that…at least Middletown doesn’t.
The reason you go to best market is to get cold cuts imo…best pricing around. Also, a few sale items are good buys. It is worth driving a mile from shoprite for their coldcut pricing.
While I know it’s a bit of a hike for you, BJ’s wholesale in Ocean has excellent cold cuts. Dietz and Watson, my personal favorite brand, for $6.99 lbs for most of their products. Acme carries them and their prices are generally north of $9.99lbs for most of their meats.
Unfortunately their meats/butcher section doesn’t hold a candle to Costco though. They used to have pre-packaged prime cuts, but I don’t even think they carry that anymore.
not sure- I saw it as a “coupon” in the Thursday circulars we get with the grocery flyers, but I’m sure its not hard to find. I just went with the 25 online offer as I figured for 25 its worth a shot.
I like Sams and Costco better but it’s so much closer its worth it for many things (meat at Costco is def way better) but I like BJ’s lets you use their coupons and stack with regular ones, plus they have multiple brands on stuff as opposed two usually one @ Costco. Also the cold cuts like Jr said, possibly saves a trip if you need other stuff.