I am also weird about sell by dates and brand names I've never heard of. So when I first learned about Town Talk I was extremely skeptical that it would be a place for me.
A while back my mother-in-law asked me if I would meet her there so she could take some of my kiddos for the day. It's a good halfway point between my house and hers. So I wandered inside and meandered through the aisles. It definitely has a warehouse kind of feel with it's cement floors and industrial shelves. It's not the bright inviting Central Market experience. But I was a little surprised at some of the things I found inside. Yes, there were the obscure brands I'd never heard of and the strange items that appeared to be a failed 'new product' attempt, but there were also some items and brands I recognized. And not only were they things I recognized but some of them were actually really good items, some even the pricey stuff I'd previously purchased at Whole Foods or Central Market. Now granted, some of the frozen foods were past date, some WAY past and some of the dairy items were very close to their date, but I was intrigued. I purchased an item or two and decided I wasn't ready to completely discount this establishment yet.
I'd been back a time or two to meet her again and each time I've found an item or let the kids pick out a snack but that's been about it. While having a playdate at my friend Stephanie's a few weeks back she had some Hummus from Town Talk that was really good. So last week I decided to go there first before hitting up the regular supermarket to see what I might find. Boy, am I glad I did. I took my time and looked through EVERYTHING. My objective going in was to find some inexpensive munchies for the kids. They have been going through snacks like crazy lately and I found a lot of good deals. The end result was 2 bags FULL of good, quality, in date stuff for only $20. What did I find? Some of items I know off hand have the regular retail price in ( ).
- a bag of Frontera (Rick Bayless) tortilla Chips 79¢ ($3.50)
- a bag of Boulder Canyon potato chips 59¢ ($1 is a good sale price)
- a box of Uncle Sam cereal $1.59 (around $3)
- a qt of Oregon Chai Vegan Tea Latte mix 59¢ ($4 a box)
- 2 boxes of Cheez-its (I know, not healthy) $1.50 each ($2.50 @ Walmart)
- 2 bags of elderberry & zinc lozenges 99¢ each
- Pure vanilla extract $2.50
- A bag of Stacy's pita chips 59¢
- 2 boxes of Annie's white cheddar Mac-n-cheese $1 each ($2 something @ WF)
- 4 boxes of Near East Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Couscous 79¢ each ($1.50 @ Walmart)
- a box of Back to Nature fudge rounds $1.59
- a bottle of Bragg's (the ACV people) organic Hawaiian Marinade & Dressing $1.59
Town Talk's inventory changes daily so you never know what you're going to find but I'm definitely adding this stop to my regular grocery rotation. If you haven't already then you should check it out.
Town Talk Foods
121 North Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76111-7054