When this store was opened a few years back it was almost called the "Queen Anne Thriftway @ Admiral" until the owners were tipped off that perhaps that name is not the best way to make yourself welcome in a new community in a totally different part of the city. So it was the Admiral Thriftway. The "Thriftway" part of the name always seemed rather amusing since this store was posh and uber gourmet, importing hand hewn bread from france for $20 a loaf, some sort of specially beaten copper pots and mandatory cart service to your car. I both made fun of the store, while also craving it. For one thing, the produce was excellent, and it had a nice feel about it, more like a smaller european market than one of the boxy huge supermarkets that are everywhere today. So I kept going back for the specialty cheeses, the very good deli bar, the awesome candy bin aisle, and the excellent coffee. Then it changed to the Metropolitan Market, and if possible, it seemed to get more posh, while the quality seems to have gone a minor tick down.
Yet I still keep going back, it's like a drug. Somebody please help.