For the last several months, the grocery/retail space formerly occupied by Ralph’s on Marconi and Walnut has sat empty.Â While not exactly a blot on the landscape, the vacancy has been inconvenient to the folks in the neighborhood.Â Like a missing back tooth, the emptiness of the space was not readily visible, but it was a big pain in the ass when you wanted to eat.Â Why, you say?Â Good question.Â It is because of the location, I say.Â The corner of Marconi and Walnut is, simply put, a perfect place for a grocery store.Â The nearest stores are just too far away, too sketchy or too small.Â For example, we’ve already expressed our displeasureÂ Â at theÂ Raley’s at Watt & Marconi, and I’ve never spoken to anyone who has shopped at Mike’s Discount Grocery and Sketchy Food Emporium on El Camino and Mission that hasn’t felt like taking a shower afterwards.Â Which brings me to the new, fabulous, Eve’s Market.
Mrs. Eats and I had been hearing the low rumble of rumor about Eve’s for several months now.Â “It’s an all organic store.”Â “I hear that Raley’s is scared.”Â “It’s like Whole Foods food with FoodMaxx prices.”Â These are the kind of comments that would make any potential grocery shopper excited.Â Especially the FoodMaxx comment.Â Besides immediately making you sing the FoodMaxx theme song, “FoodMaxx, take it to the MAXX, FoodMaxx!”, you’d get excited just thinking about the possibility of buying the kinds of goods you could get at Whole Foods without having to rub shoulders with the “ass-wholes” that shop there.Â
So, Eve’s is now finally open and the Mrs. and I spent over an hour there last night browsing the aisles.Â It is a fantastic store.Â Besides having an above-standard selection of all the name brand goods you’ve come to know and love, Eve’s also carries a huge variety of ethnic foods from all over the globe.Â In one trip, we picked up Israeli cocoa spread, Mexican cookies, Syrian dates, dried mangoes from God-knows-where and Mendocino Mustard from the good ole US of A.Â The service was a little choppy, but what do you expect form a store that’s been open for less than a week.
The deli is well stocked, their prepared goods leaning towards Mediterranean (i.e. tabouli, hummus, couscous), but also stocked with deli favorites like prepared enchiladas and chicken salad.Â Inside the store, but not open when we visited, is a pizza oven and Mediterranean grill.Â So is it true that they have all the same stuff that Whole Foods does?Â Of course not.Â They don’t have a soup bar, or acres of craft brews or the cheese bar.Â They do, however, have more ethnic foods, more Earth & Vine jams and sauces (yummy, ancho chili jam), more name brand materials and across the board lower prices.
So, is this enough to make Eve’s my new favorite grocery store?Â Of course it is.Â Haven’t you been paying attention?Â I can buy name brand mayonnaise and weird Middle Eastern dried twigs and fruits at the same store.Â Sign me up.Â I’m sold on the concept.Â I’ll be going there regularly.Â And if you live in the neighborhood, you should start going there too.
Â Eve’s Market-Corner of Marconi & Walnut, Carmichael