Best health food store

June 14, 2013 

Shown is the anti-pasta bar at the Boise Coop Deli area Saturday Jan. 11, 2012.

CHRIS BUTLER — cbutler@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

BOISE CO-OP

888 W. Fort St., Boise, 472-4500

boisecoop.com

There has been a lot of pressure on the Boise Co-op to compete lately. The boom of new stores beckoning away Co-op customers seems to be endless, but the Co-op has stood its ground and elevated its already superb selection of food, wine and household offerings.

A renovation has widened the aisles, provided more seating for diners and created a space for the pet department all while keeping the character and spirit of this 40-year-old Boise icon.

In addition to the ever-delightful deli counter with unique salads, take-home meals and fresh-made sandwiches, customers can now enjoy a soup and salad bar, breakfast burrito bar and other take-out options. If you're in a hurry, there's a new cold case filled with fabulous food to go: fresh rolled sushi, smoked salmon Caesar salad, enchiladas, lasagnas and more.

Although you don't have to be a member to shop there, a one-time $50 membership fee does entitle you to additional coupons, the ability to place special orders and use discounts at other local retailers when you show your Co-op card. Plus, it entitles you to the satisfaction of supporting a truly local establishment.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Rosauers, 2986 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 287-9208, rosauers.com

• Natural Grocers, 1195 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 378-7323, naturalgrocers.com

• Bodybuilding.com, 1467 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 377-3839, bodybuilding.com

• Chase's Natural Foods Market, 5170 W. Overland Road, Boise, 343-2182

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