Or so I’d refer to the experience that is the “new” Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. We needed groceries, dinner and to leave the house yesterday, hence the 5 p.m. trek to one of the busiest stores on a Sunday evening.
We managed to get a parking spot on the third floor next to a giant snowbank. The Boy’s fear of heights is contagious, affecting The Girl on this trip. The Dad and The Boy took the escalators while The Girl, The Tot and I waited forever for the single elevator, while DINKs in black Northface jackets gave us the stink eye as they hurried past with their gourmet cheeses and bouquets of freshcut flowers (in a single brown paper bag).
We headed straight for the Riverview lunch counter for Whole Foods’ take on the Woolworth counters of old: burgers, fries, dogs, shakes and rootbeer floats. The Dad, The Boy and I ordered cheeseburgers, which reminded me of In & Out – right down to the iceberg lettuce on the freshly baked buns. The Girl had a grilled cheese and The Tot nibbled fries and sucked down his dad’s vanilla malt. Not bad for $30 — far less than a similar meal at Johnny Rockets.
After dinner, we got our shopping done as quickly as was possible with 3 kids and the St. Valentine’s Day gourmet foodie/yuppie crowd.