If you demand your grocery store to be as refined (and pricey) as a fine dining restaurant, then Kowalski's is your place. The meat is prime, the cheese imported, the bread artisan. The produce is architecturally arranged with nary a brown spot in site. The floors are carpeted, and the lighting subdued. And the price fully reflects all this attention to detail.
While the quality and class of the shopping experience takes away a lot of the drudgery of your average trip to the grocery store---Kowalski’s prices are way too steep, especially on your run of the mill gourmet items, such as brie cheese, and olives.
Bill’s Imported Foods has solved my olive dilemma, and the Trader Joe’s opening soon in St. Louis Park will probably provide my brie cheese fix. (Heads-up Whole Foods, and Lund's-your monopoly on imported cheese is in jeopardy as well!)