Woodie's spacious food department offers a lot of little things to carry out.
There's an ice cream parlor with 20 flavors and reasonable prices. There's a deli shop, the Brown Bag, where standard-quality sandwiches can be ordered in advance to be ready when you arrive. Next to the deli are the salads, housed in cafeteria-style metal containers and, at the next counter, rounds of ordinary cheeses. There are a bakery with pies and breads and a candy department with the usual tempters. Coffee and tea shelf displays are appealing, but other shelves monotonously alternate crackers and vinegar, crackers and jelly, crackers and olives, crackers and crackers.
Woodie's is trying to do too much at once, and plain-Jane items and mediocrity are the result. The potato salad borders on a pre-packaged supermarket rendition; the macaroni salad is sweet enough to eat for dessert. Shrimp and chicken salads rise above, but just above, average.
Rye, pumpernickel, whole wheat and white breads are baked at Ottenberg's but sold with Woodie's labels. Other breads, such as a Day-Glo orange cheese bread with the taste of merely of dry white bread, or a dense Irish soda bread, are baked at Woodie's. Peach pie was gelatinous syrup baked in a heavy crust, and other pastries weren't much more remarkable. If you're shopping and need some energy, through, stop at Connie's Cookies is a rich reward. They're made on the premises with Godiva chocolate: chocolate chip cookies never had it so good. Open daily; hours vary for each counter. Inexpensive.