Social Safeway is no more and we have roughly eleven months until Social Safeway Mark II opens. So unless you’ve got one gigantic pantry, you’re going to need to find a new option for groceries. GM explores some of your options after the jump:
The closest option is Whole Foods just up Wisconsin Ave. in Glover Park. Most Georgetowners probably use Whole Foods at least from time to time for its high end foodstuffs. But how is it as a staple grocery?
GM gave it a try last weekend and it wasn’t pretty. Whole Foods has finally added Cheerios, but if you’ve got tastes for other mass marketed foods, you’re going to be disappointed. So what, you may ask, why not treat yourself to some organic luxury foods for a year? Well for one, it’s a lot more expensive. And for another thing, maybe you just like normal, non-soy, non-organic, corporate food. For GM, there were just too many foods he loves that Whole Foods didn’t have. So for him, this isn’t an option.
The MacArthur Safeway in the Palisades (4865 MacArthur Blvd.) is the closest decently large Safeway. GM’s tried this Safeway out before and found that it felt like an abridged version of Social Safeway: it felt like it had about 75% of the amount of supplies of the Social Safeway. It’s got a throwback vibe and it’ll make you feel like you walked into a world that would consider the phrase “fair trade organic arugula” to be utter gibberish. For pure familiarity, you might find this a satisfactory option.
Another close option is the Giant on Wisconsin in Cleveland Park. GM’s never been because of the awful things he’s heard about it. This does not seem to be a viable option. If you like Giant, however, the Giant on Fairfax Dr. in Arlington is pretty good.
GM’s heard good things about the Adams Morgan Harris Teeter and the City Vista Safeway in Mount Vernon Triangle (which serves as the model for our future Social Safeway) but he’s never been to either yet.
So where will you get your groceries? Will you try out Safeway’s delivery service instead?