When the second Berkeley Bowl opened in West Berkeley, I started writing a post in my head featuring all the terrific prepared meals that someone could purchase for a new mom (or any busy person) with ease. Based on my experience with the groceries there, I expected good food for a good price. I hoped to feed my own family conveniently from the expansive selection of pre-made foods.
Unfortunately, nearly every prepared meal I have tried from the Bowl has been a huge disappointment.
I have tried and cannot recommend:
- the falafel
- the orzo
- the chicken parmesan
- the soup
- the picnic packs (now discontinued, I believe)
The only food I continue to buy in the prepared space of the grocery store (across from the deli case, not the cafe) is the rotisserie chicken. It is reliably good and comes hot and ready to go with one of three different seasoning choices.
Where to go for delicious grocery-prepared meals? I have answers that I’ll share with you tomorrow!