Whole Foods offers a large selection of fresh, healthy and organic wraps, prepared salads and salad bar, sandwiches, pizzas, hot buffet items and more.
Mrs. C and I were out with some friends and we were craving dessert. We saw Capers and in we went. Normally I reject Capers as a pretentious, vegan, Birkenstock stronghold, but Mrs. C said they had cake. Worked for me.
The place is, quite frankly, a supermarket, but they have a deli and dessert counter. Is was clean and the tree-hugging staff were friendly enough. I went with a carrot cake slice for 3 bucks and accompanied it with a cup of coffee. I shared with my dessert partner. Our friends shared a chocolate cheese cake and a latte. Both were great, and the portions were big. There is a large seating area where the friends of the earth can gather and eat their organic fare. I saw one tie-dyed mother feeding her baby the natural way between gulps of herb tea, but I averted my eyes since I am a little bit traditional in that regard.
All in all a good experience, although I couldn't find any place to recycle my plastic fork.
I really liked Capers and have not been thrilled with some of the changes Whole Foods have made. They have stopped carrying a lot of items we bought often and started (like any mass produce selling grocery) replacing brands with their 365 items. You have to read those labels to see what you are getting. Don't assume their advertising means the stuff is what you might think. I also have noted how their prices keep creeping up on everything; I find we do a lot more shopping around these days because Whole Foods is getting too expensive. We used to buy a lot of their deli stuff but while for the most part it is still okay, some of the quality is definitely going a little downhill. I think for quick and easy lunches their small2/$5 items are a fair deal. I find their bakery items pretty massive and either too dry or too sweet for the most part but that is individual taste I think. Certainly the constant line ups at the bakery counter suggest lots of people enjoy their sweets.
I do like the staff there though so at least that part still works well.
Stopped in for lunch on 4th today to find more Whole Foods renos. New deli area, layout changes, new food, crazy... kept many of the Caper's classics fortunately, but some of my favourite soups, vegetable options etc were replaced by breakfast items. Not sure how I feel about that but the transition seems to be going smoothly, the room was very clean.
Food wise, some things remain super strong, such as the bakery and certain prepared foods such as dips, salads, etc. Others were a bit of a miss and tasted dry or ill-conceived (avoid the falafel). I would have expected a corporate entity such as this to have a suggestion or feedback box, particularly when undergoing such changes, but nothing doing. Regardless, service is good, parking is free, and food is mandated to be natural and wholesome, which is wonderful.