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The new Whole Foods Market is a treasure trove for foodies

It's got a little bit of everything -- several varieties of salmon sausages, free-range beef, peppercorn-studded sheep cheese, pot-stickers in bulk, a coffee roaster and even some Canned Heat.

We stopped in recently at the newly opened Whole Foods Market (1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., 314-968-7744), the 16th store of its kind in five Midwestern states but the first in the St. Louis area. Whole Foods describes itself as a "natural foods supermarket," although that hardly does it justice. In addition to all the stuff mentioned, there's a significant wine selection, along with a special section for books and makeup and, as expected, an enormous array of natural health products.

And although it's certainly an upscale setting, a spot-check of prices turned up positive data, such as $7.99 a pound for boneless free-range strip steaks and $6.99 for a six-pack of Pilsner Urquell, making Whole Foods competitive with both the chain groceries and the boutique and specialty food stores locally.

Location Info


Whole Foods Market-Galleria

1601 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Brentwood, MO 63144

Category: Retail

Region: Brentwood

But the biggest immediate impact may be another ratcheting up in the quality level of local takeout. There's a big, elaborate salad bar; a hot-item bar with a dozen or more selections; cases of prepared items ranging from several preparations of beef tenderloin to carne asada to tofu-based dishes and dozens of other entrées and sides; and many choices in sandwiches, pizza, sushi and more.

And the Canned Heat? We spent more than an hour in the store, and I don't think a single musical selection (all original artists) was dated later than 1970. The intersection of Highway 40 and Brentwood ain't exactly goin' up the country, but a visit to Whole Foods is certainly goin' to someplace that you never been before.