Somebody has to sell gorgeous fruit, falafel that looks like hockey pucks, and ginger miso tofu at $7.99 a pound, so it might as well be Whole Foods. Each of the main bars in the self-serve area—salad, gourmet, global—are priced the same, which is a definite bonus. Not so is the fact that there are no scales for you to weigh your bounty on. A little deceptive, or do they just assume price isn't a concern for most of their shoppers? It very well may not be. I asked the woman in the cheese area if she could weigh my self-made quesadilla and enchilada, which came to about $10. This left me with just enough spare change for a mini-serving of salad and the aforementioned sugar bomb of a "natural" soft drink.
Where? Whole Foods Market, 2210 Westlake Ave.What Does $13 Get You? A bite o' Caesar salad (.23 pounds @ 7.99 per pound), 1.26 pounds of gooey, delicious chili verde in a tortilla with a side of vegetable enchilada and "Spanish" rice (at the same price), and one Key lime soda containing 46 grams of sugar.Recommended? If you're hungry, rich, or lucky to be both.
My meal was warm, fragrant, photogenic, and truly tasty. My tasting partner approved of everything, which we agreed wasn't spectacular but made for an above-average lunch. The chili verde had a soupy texture and citrusy flavor that I loved, but the rest was pretty standard. We were most impressed with the selection, and I was surprised that I got as much food for my $13 as I did here (half of my lunch is boxed up for later). I once worked at the place (not this location), and they don't call it "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.