Frozen Food Review: White Castle Cheeseburgers

Details: Official site can be found at https://www.whitecastle.com/grocery

Score: 6/10

White Castle burgers generally aren’t that great. I enjoy them mostly because of the novelty and their convenient, small size. It makes it really easy to eat lots of burgers in a short time.

Anyways, these frozen burgers are impressive in that these frozen burgers taste just like the burgers you’d get from a White Castle restaurant. What’s not impressive is that this is probably because the burgers aren’t very good in the first place… so there’s not a lot of quality to be lost in the freezing process.

Overall, if you like White Castle, the frozen burgers are fine. The main issue with these burgers is that White Castle burgers generally suck, frozen or not.

Supermarket Food Review: BJ’s Wholesale Club Perdue Rotisserie Chicken

Details: Official site is https://www.bjs.com/

Score: 6.8/10

I read somewhere that the first wholesale club to sell whole rotisserie chickens for cheap was Costco. What they and the rest of their competitors realized was that selling cheap rotisserie chickens brought a lot of foot traffic into the store. This would then cause even more purchases because who goes to a wholesale club just to buy one thing only? Since that realization was made, many supermarkets and wholesale clubs have adopted the same item in hopes of attracting the same results.

BJ’s is no exception. Like Costco, BJ’s sells Perdue branded, rotisserie chickens for just five dollars. This five dollar price point is significant and impressive for many reasons. I read somewhere, that a five dollar rotisserie chicken is an item that is sold by wholesalers at a loss. It is meant to be promotional (brings in customers) and brand defining (gives off that vibe that BJ’s cares about customers). The result is a cheap, decent qualitied item that is well worth it’s price.

However, when buying on these chickens, the same rules apply as with buying any other food item. Quality may vary. The specific chicken I bought was not terrible, but not that good either. You need to keep in mind that they make these chickens earlier in the day and the best time to buy one is around then. I bought mine at around 5:00 PM, so it had been sitting there for a while and I could taste it. Also, while preparation is similar, different chickens end up with different results. Some chickens on display were whole while others looked like the pieces came from different chickens. Some looked over done while others did not. It just depends. The one I got looked a little over done. You have to pick wisely.

Overall, the five dollar rotisserie chicken is perhaps their best deal. Whether or not it’s worth it to you will depend on the time and circumstances around the chicken you buy. Personally, I will never buy another chicken unless I buy it at 12:00 PM or earlier. Further, I will be far more scrutinizing on the quality of the next chicken I buy.

Supermarket Review: H Mart located at 142-06 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355

Details: Also known as Goohwa Market. Located at 142-06 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. Official H Mart website is https://www.hmart.com/

Score: 1/10

This is less of a review and more of a warning. I’ve been here many times and on the vast majority of those times, I’ve been charged more than was labeled on the product. Usually, I bring it up, they make some big drama and when it’s confirmed they were wrong, they charge the correct, lesser price. They do this shtick every time and after a while, a guy starts to get the idea. I came back recently after staying away for a while and they did this again, which is why I write this.

More specifically, it was the instant ramen. I usually come here to get instant ramen of the Korean variety. Almost every time, stuff is mispriced. Sometimes, the thing I’m buying is specifically on sale. I go buy it, it scans a dollar or more than indicated on the shelf. Sometimes, it’s just a regular item not on sale and it is still mispriced and always a higher price than labeled on the shelf. This has happened a couple times now.

Don’t go to this supermarket, you will likely get ripped off a dollar or so per item depending on the item. They mislabel the prices and charge you more than was labeled.

It’s happened enough times that it is either incredible incompetence or they are doing it on purpose and hoping no one notices the difference between the labeled price and what they are charged. They’re trying to nickel and dime you.

Additionally, I gave it a 1/10 because they do sell food, they just lie about their prices. I also don’t know if this is true of all H Marts, but it is true of this one.

Supermarket Review: DC Flushing Market

Details: Located at 133-54 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355.

Score: 7/10

This really isn’t a review of this place as a supermarket, but as a lunch spot. This place serves something known as “four dishes, one soup,” a cafeteria style meal format popular among Chinese businesses.

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Restaurant Review: Bread and Honey

Details: Located at 941 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://www.breadandhoneynyc.com/

Bread and Honey is a lunch place that largely caters to the lunch rush for workers in the area. There are some places to sit inside.

They’ve got a hot buffet and cold buffet that costs around nine dollars per pound. They also have a sandwich station and I think a noodle station. They also have shelves with packaged goods.

The buffet is not great. The quality of the food is not great. I also had an Italian sandwich for a little under nine dollars after tax. It was fine.

Overall, this place is okay. The best thing to get here is probably a breakfast sandwich.

Score: 5.8/10