There is no denying that Whole Foods Market is expensive. And there is also no denying that the whole place seems to exude this snooty, high-brow, 'we're better than you-and we know it!' kind of attitude with all the organic produce and soy products. . .but there are simply some things available here that aren't anywhere else in Albuquerque. For example, cheese. Now, WFM doesn't have a great cheese market, and the sight of prewrapped slices of Taleggio is enough to make this fromage lover cry, but I simply can't find these cheeses anywhere else here, so I must shop for them there. Also, I love their bulk foods section. I'm a total trail-mix fiend, and WFM has the most astonishing array of trail/snack mixes I've ever seen, along with a dizzying selection of grains and those things that are in shells usually but can also be salted/seasoned (I'm not allowed to write out that apparently inflammatory word-ie cashews and almonds). The deli is high-end and accordingly priced, the breads very well-made. All in all, I like this place. However, as far as produce, I'd say get off yer organic high horse and do New Mexico some real good-shop locally, at a farmer's market. A conventional apple from NM is, in the end, a lot better for our state and the environment than an organic banana from Belize.
Pros: Great bulk market, nice meat/seafood department