What do Wegmans and a five-star restaurant
have in common? Patrons who are willing to drive
30 miles or more to enjoy a meal. The major
difference, however, is that diners do not require
a reservation to visit the Rochester, N. Y-based
retailer’s restaurants and prepared foods concepts.
However, it’s still advisable to arrive early, as
the chain’s store-prepared daily dinner specials
featuring a choice of three entrees and two sides
sell out quickly.
Almost half the selling space of Wegmans’
expansive stores – averaging over 100,000 square-feet – are devoted to perishables and prepared
foods. Salads, entrees and side dishes are prepared
in-house, as is the oven roasted real turkey breast
in the deli department. The in-store bakery spans
a full aisle and includes a bodacious selection of
decadent pies, cakes and pastries.
Wegmans operates several restaurant formats.
One unique concept is Next Door by Wegmans,
located across the street from its Pittsford,
N. Y., flagship store, just outside Rochester. At
Next Door, all-natural, sustainable and organic
ingredients from the store are selected by its chefs
and prepared in a delicious and healthy manner.
Sample dishes include an appetizer of Wegmans
Organic Mussels ($12.00) in cucumber & coconut
milk broth, with ginger, lemon balm, spearmint and
couscous; and an entrée of Filet of Beef ($39.00)
with crispy peewee potatoes, beech mushroom,
Wegmans Organic Farm roasted beets and red
Buehler’s Fresh Foods
What do you call a hamburger patty topped with a fried egg,
bacon, cheddar cheese and hash browns, served up on an inside-
out glazed doughnut? Breakfast – if you’re dining at one of the
restaurants of Buehler’s Fresh Foods during the month of August.
Long before McDonald’s made all-day breakfast a national
phenomenon, the Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s, operating 13
stores throughout Northern Ohio, was offering round-the-clock
breakfast for years. The regional retailer is famous for its Grandma
Buehler’s made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes, as well local
favorites, including ham loaf, meatloaf, fried bologna, and an all-
you can eat fried or baked fish meal on Fridays for only $12.99.
In addition to its sit-down restaurants, Buehler’s offers an
extensive selection of prepared foods on the supermarket side of
the store, including a Smokehouse BBQ in each location offering
up pulled pork, smoked chicken, brisket and its famous smoked
mac and cheese. Homemade soups are available both hot and
chilled in pouches to heat up at home, while the chain’s chicken
program uses local Gerber’s Chicken for its fried, roasted and
smoked offerings. Take-out Chinese, Stonefire pizza, subs and
sushi are also part of its extensive prepared foods program.