Central Market submitted by peter
I'm kinda surprised this hasn't been posted yet, even though Central Market isn't too popular with the local vegan crowd. It is still popular with the mainstream crowd, however, so it is worth noting. Central Market is the upscale Whole Foods-ish doppelganger of HEB. They are expensive and severely lacking the prepared vegan options (in addition to being corporate owned), but their produce section is worth noting, as well as the bulk section. The grocery section is also worth taking a look at, but beware the overpriced yuppie bullshit. Still, the produce is well above par, and it might be more convenient the other places depending on what part of town you're in. The have a location in North/Central Austin at 4001 N. Lamar and one in South Austin at 4477 S. Lamar. Both places sometimes host live music, too.
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    Re: Central Market
    Posted by: Lauren on 2007-07-02 12:09:48
    I used to work at Central Market, so I kind of... hate them. But their produce section IS awesome, better than Whole Foods in my opinion. You do have to hunt for vegan prepared stuff, they don't make it easy on you. However, on the shelves you can find special tags that say "wheat/gluten free" which is nice.

    Also, CM doesn't recycle, and that makes me angry. They have started making a half-assed attempt, but it's not good enough for me.
    Re: Central Market
    Posted by: kendal on 2007-11-30 09:06:41
    Last time i went to central market was actually the first time i went being vegan. if that makes sense. they had NO vegan prepared foods. None. I went to the sammich making counter and asked the guy what vegan options are there. He said "the veggie burger" and I asked to see the box because as we all know many have dairy. He wouldn't let me see the box so he read ALL the ingredients. He was shocked to see whey, etc.
    THEN he said to us "what you have to realize is THIS is a GOURMET establishment, unlike whole foods."
    He was extremely condescending and literally, LITERALLY! was looking down at me, like his nose was pointing toward the ceiling. seriously. I will NEVER go back.
    Re: Central Market
    Posted by: Mandrew on 2007-12-22 15:58:56
    Ugh, yuppie scum as far as the eye can see. I actually find this place more repulsive than Whole Foods. There is an air of utter snobbishness that you will as soon as you walk in. Produce section is good, but very pricey. That about all I can give in the positives.
    Re: Central Market
    Posted by: peter on 2009-01-06 22:43:01
    Central Market's prepared foods are notoriously unfriendly to vegans. Discussion:




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