Top 5 Things to Buy at Spec's Besides Booze

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Munchie heaven

Teetotalers need not wait in the car while their friends are making a booze run at Spec's. The multi-location outlet may be most well known for its beer, wine, and liquor selection, but there are many items on offer that you should also consider putting in your shopping cart. And none of them will give you a hangover.

5. Interesting Sodas. If you're looking for a soft beverage to enjoy from Spec's, skip the overpriced juices and instead pick up a bottle or six-pack of one of many non-mainstream varieties of pop in the refrigerator case. From super spicy imported ginger beers to regional coke varieties to Cheerwine, the pride and joy of South Carolina, there's plenty of non-alcoholic fizz to satisfy your thirst.

4. Snack Mixes. Those who find themselves frequenting certain watering holes just because of the complimentary nibble mixes they offer will rejoice in the snack aisle of Spec's. In addition to stocking every make and model of salted/roasted nut, the store also has an assortment of cracker, chip, pretzel, and UCT (Unidentified Crunch Thing) mixes. My favorite is the political incorrectly titled "Oriental Mix."

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They say Saint Arnold but that doesn't mean you have to drink beer out of them.

3. Glassware. Mason jars, pint glasses, whiskey snifters, and hundreds of other vessels for your favorite liquids can be purchased at Spec's, and thank God for that because I wouldn't be caught dead sipping merlot out of a white glass glass. See Spec's discount outlet for especially good bargains.

2. Chocolate. All cocoa creations great and small ranging from "After Eight" mints (you remember those from your grandparents' house, yes) to Ritter Sport to chocolate-covered cranberries. True story: one time I got so preoccupied with selecting chocolate bars that I completely forget the primary purpose of my Spec's visit: to pick up a six-pack for my better half. The husband was cranky but mollified upon some consumption of truffles.

1. Sandwiches. Long to lunch in a liquor store? Spec's has you covered, with multiple locations containing an in-house deli that vends prepared foods as well as gourmet, made-to-order sandwiches such as the "Mid-towner" (roast beef, Jarlsberg cheese, tomato on an onion roll) or the "Homerun Pastrami Melt" on toasted rye.



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matthank
matthank

What is politically incorrect about "Oriental Mix" as long as it is not made out of Oriental people?

rwellis24
rwellis24

A small point, but Cheerwine is the pride and joy of North Carolina.

Houstess
Houstess

I look for English Cotswold cheese and Cin Chili mixes.  Also at some, Virginia peanuts.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

California dreamin on the sandwich side and muffaletta spread. Best sandwich topping ever beats the shit out of mayo.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Used to have a nice Asian section, it's worse than the average supermarket's now. Also used to stock really nice merguez sausages, which they don't anymore.  The whole grocery side has really taken a dip into borderline mediocrity.

paval
paval topcommenter

If we are only talking about the Midtown location I would add: German style specialty meats, some of the harder to find cheeses, craft chocolates from US chocolate makers, German (authentic and HFCS free) Haribo gummy bears, coffees from the world (not talking about bulk coffees, nor Bustelo nor Folgers), unusual produce for inside the loop (fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, kohlrabi, etc), an extensive tea selection (including Texas native tea yaupon), frozen sausage selection. 

Snacks and sodas are nice, but by far not what you cannot find in that form or another in other stores of its size. 


ferrovilla
ferrovilla

I have a hangover from their very bad, no good commercials with the 'dancing', otherwise I like Spec's nearly as much as HEB

Nelo Maciel
Nelo Maciel

Go to one with a deli, they're food is fucking amazing!

Gina E. McGinn
Gina E. McGinn

You're also allowed to post other subject matter than just Top 5/10/15/20/25, etc. lists. Just Saying...

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