With a vast selection at only $8 per pound of food (regardless of the item), the Whole Foods deli is a convenient, semi-gourmet food stop. In order to help you determine the best bang for your buck, we tried all of the foods (it amounted to around $21) offered at the deli-bar. Although the menu changes slightly from day to day, here are a few options that are definitely worth purchasing when available.

White Fish with Capers, Tomato, and Basil


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We were surprised by how well this was cooked — you would normally expect fish that’s sitting in a double-boiler for more than 4 hours to be rubbery, but this fish is tender and flakey with a touch of citrusy-herb seasoning.

Herb-roasted Cauliflower


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Deliciously savory, like a roasted potato without the heavy starchiness.

Peruvian Butternut Squash Stew

Butternut Squash

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This was a winner. The squash was cooked just right (not overly mushy), with a spicy cream sauce.

Greek Potatoes with Lemon Vinaigrette


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Surprisingly, these potatoes tasted like they had just come out of the oven, and their seasoning was spot-on. No sogginess here!

Eggless Tofu Salad

Eggless Tofu

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We were hestitant about this one. Veganaise? What? However, leave it to Whole Foods to make something like this work. The veganaise tasted like a creamy yogurt dressing with subtle flavors of curry. A good choice for vegans looking for an extra protein boost.

Kale Avocado Salad

Kale Salad

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The kale was crisp, fresh, and coated in a light avocado dressing — guacamole meets a California salad.

Overall the Whole Foods Deli is often overlooked as an affordable, unconventional and tasty option for a quick grab-and-go dinner. Make sure you try some of these dishes next time you make your next grocery run.