Caroline loves Trader Joes

When I first moved to LA I heard nothing but amazing things about Trader Joes. First time I went I was blown away. And the next and the next. Caroline (who may or may not be on crack) was throwing a last-minute dinner party and TJ’s saved her:

“I’m going to tell you something that as Angelenos you probably already know: Trader Joe’s is a great place to go if you’re throwing a last-minute dinner party, either for a date you want to impress or just some friends you want over to keep you company on a rainy night. They’ve got everything from the cheese plate to oven-baked entrees to ready-to-serve desserts to flowers and candles to a great wine selection.”

So yeah, anyway I was all impressed and shit and then I moved to Silverlake. I was psyched about the fact that there was a TJ’s a few blocks from my house. That was until I tried to go there and noticed there’s about 4 parking spots for the entire place. OK, maybe there’s more than 4, but no many. I’ve spent hours trying to park there -I’ve probably 3 times as much time trying to park as I have actually in the store. It’s a complete nightmare to the point that I won’t even try to go there anymore. If I’m out around town and have time when I’m near one of the other locations then I’m psyched to stop in and get 6 or 7 bags of amazing food for under $20 but the hassle at the lot in Silverlake just isn’t worth it. I don’t really have a point to this post, just wanted to rant for a moment. You can go back to whatever it was you were doing now.

15 Replies to “Caroline loves Trader Joes”

  1. I used to have the same problem until I discovered the other TJ’s parking lot half a block down. It’s TJ’s parking only. Havent had a problem since.

  2. I [HEART] TJ’s! I just wished they’d replace those wild wacky-wheels shopping carts with something that offers a little better cornering through those isles. Then again, maybe that’s all part of the TJs master plan.

  3. Yes! Parking DOES suck at every TJ’s I’ve been to, that’s why I just try to go during off times…like when it’s raining. But you’re lucky you live a few blocks from it, so you can really stroll in whenever you want.

  4. Everyone and their momma is inside that TJ’s in Silverlake. But yes, there is that “secret” lot up the street in that old nursery.

    I live in Glassell Park and would rather drive a wee bit more to go to the one in Glendale on Glendale Blvd. or up the 2 to the one in Eagle Rock. Yes, I am dependent on crude oil to buy my pesto and bean dip. Whaddya want?!

  5. I loooove Trader Joes! But I hate that one in Silverlake. We go there every now and then for lunch. My co-workers and I love the salads and sandmiches :)

  6. yes, there is a “secret” TJ’s parking lot. It’s next to MJ’s the bar. But dont tell anyone, ok?

  7. I love TJ’s! My boyfriend and I make it part of our once a month grocery shopping. We usually hit the one in Silverlake, but I’m tempted to make the slightly longer drive up the 110 into Pasadena to the one off of Orange Grove. But seriously, how can you possibly get out spending $20?! Our trips are always around $120 and we only have 2-4 bags.

  8. I like the small regional differences between the different TJs; the one on Santa Monica near La Brea has more chilled beer & wine, the one in west side of WeHo has more wine and fresh veggies, the one on National seems to have lots of prepared meals, the Silver Lake branch appears to have more flowers. The Pico branch and the La Brea/3rd seem to be pretty much similar.

    Mind you, this may be just the impression I get because of the layouts, but there seems to be a difference. Sounds like a job for a contemporary anthropologist!

    BTW, I can’t get out of there for less than $100 – but I like my adult beverages.

  9. Hours? really? C’mon. Maybe 10 minutes if that. You can enter by the pizza hut/dry cleaners and almost always find a spot if my weekly trips are any indication. I agree it’s crazy inside sometimes, but whaddya expect in a city the size of LA? If you want expansive parking lots, move to the midwest or the inland empire. I really like a lot of blogging LA’s content, but I have to say, sometimes it seems like you guys could use an entirely seperate blog just for the parking complaints!

  10. I don’t think it’s that people don’t know about the auxillary parking lot, more that everyone is too lazy to get out of their car and walk a few extra yards. It amazes me to see how people refuse to use the other lot.

    I live at GPB/ Lyric st. (4 blocks) and walk there all the time, unless I need to stock up on big stuff. I can’t wait until they open one downtown, that should help.

  11. yeah Miss caroline… you don’t know about the secret TJ parking lot next to MJ’s. I even knew about it before I moved into the Silverlake area this fall.

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