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Taste Test: Can You Get Good Sushi at the Supermarket?

We also tried roast chicken and sheet cake at a bunch of local grocery stores. Here are the best and worst.

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Our food staff taste-tested three grocery-store takeout staples: rotisserie chicken, sheet cake, and California rolls. Here’s what to snap up—and what to steer your cart away from.

The contenders were Costco, Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway, Wegmans, and Whole Foods.

Roast Chicken

The Best

Giant, $4.99. “Like a chicken you’d roast at home.”

The Worst

Whole Foods, $7.99. “Scrawny and dry—it needs ketchup.”

Sheet Cake

Photograph courtesy of Costco.
Photograph courtesy of Costco.

The Best

Costco, $18.99. “Tasty, moist, and can feed a big party.”

The Worst

Safeway, $26.49. “It tastes like a birthday-cake candle smells.”

California Rolls

The Best

Whole Foods, $9. “Fresh, with good rice—you can taste the vinegar.”

The Worst

Safeway, $6.49. “Some-how this is hard and soft. And the soy wrapper looks like a Band-Aid.”

This article appears in the March 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

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