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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.
Giant, $4.99. “Like a chicken you’d roast at home.”
Whole Foods, $7.99. “Scrawny and dry—it needs ketchup.”
Costco, $18.99. “Tasty, moist, and can feed a big party.”
Safeway, $26.49. “It tastes like a birthday-cake candle smells.”
Whole Foods, $9. “Fresh, with good rice—you can taste the vinegar.”
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.