My family and I decided to venture down to the corner of sugar Creek and North Tryon Street in Charlotte NC this evening to check out a grocery store we’ve never been to before – Compare Foods. We had received ads over the years in the mail for Compare Foods and never really paid much attention to them.
But this week we were looking at the advertisements and happened to notice that the price on meats there were much lower than Wal-Mart’s prices. So we decided to venture down there and see what this place was all about. When we got there it looked a little scary as they had potholes that you could literally drive your car into on the way in and throughout the parking lot.
There were homeless people everywhere and cars that were barely running or falling apart parked everywhere in the parking lot. My wife didn’t even want to go in the store as she was so scared. It was a scene out of a rundown section of Broad Street in Philadelphia or Harlem in New York City or something similar.
The shopping carts were really beat up looking and many were previous Wal-Mart shopping carts that had been partially covered over. and there was a man with one leg at the front of the store playing serenades with his guitar for donations. We got inside the inside looked like the outside.
Everyone stared at us as is if we didn’t belong there because we weren’t of Spanish or African-American lineage. so we quickly browse through the aisles and found that the only areas of the store that were cheaper than Wal-Mart was some of the meats – those that were on sale.
They had good prices on chicken thighs and quarters ($.89 per pound) and on lamb cuts ($3.99 per pound) and sirloin london broil ($3.99 per pound). One thing they did have that was different than any other grocery store I’ve been to in the Charlotte North Carolina area was strange meats and foods.
You could get goat meat, frozen frog legs, octopus, squid, whole salmon, veal hearts, cow brains and even bull testicles. If there was something strange that you desired they probably have it there at Compare Foods. It’s kind of reminiscent of an old Asian food Mart and how they have very unique Asian or oriental foods that are unique to their stores.
Our trip to the Compare Foods store on North Tryon st. was unique to say the least. They even had a whole row dedicated to Cow tongues of various sizes. They had both full-sized cow tongues and veal tongues. What I wonder is what people do with the cow or veal brains, bull testicles and cow hearts? do they use these to make strange soups and stews?
If you want a definitely different kind of store and venture there during the daytime then I recommend that you go and check out Compare Foods. But be careful and make sure you compare prices. a lot other items that are in the aisles were much more expensive than if you bought the same products or foods at Wal-Mart. The better prices can be found in the meat department.
But if you just want regular meat and nothing strange like goat or bull testicles then I recommend that you go to Lowes foods instead. Lowes food market has the same prices or a little lower on meats plus you don’t have to circumvent a parking lot with potholes that look like craters on the moon. Also, that area of North Tryon St. is not very safe after dark.