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Chorizo Crawl – Super Mercado La Raza (Richmond)

rworange | Aug 21, 200606:05 PM    

Continuing my crawl checking out the small Mexican Markets from Richmond to Pinole ...

There are two La Raza markets within a few blocks of each other. This is a few blocks up from MacDonald next to El Peso Americano.

Only dried chorizo is sold, but it looks like a fresh chorizo and fries more like one too. However, it is hung from the wall and not refrigerated.

Dry chorizo: - A mild medium grind chorizo that surprised me. It looked like it would be fatty, but didn’t release excessive fat (or else I’m learning how to fry up chorizo).

The meat flavor was first with background hints of chile, cinnamon and vinegar ... but only the slightest suggestion. It was a brown, well, sausage-colored chorizo. It has a nice balance both in spice and fat... enough for juiciness and not over oily. This is a pleasant chorizo.

There is a small meat counter at the back of the market with a little fish and a small cheese selection. They have some salsa and guacamole but it is not house-made. There are a few plastic tubs of manteca (lard) and some mole but don’t think those are made here either. The fish selection was whole catfish and three types of shrimp.

They have some fresh masa sitting on the counter next to the cash register, the usual clear plastic cases of sweets and cookies. There’s a small selection of nice and fresh-looking veggies and fruit. Usual selection of dried peppers.

There’s nothing that strikes me as oustanding at this market, but it does a good business especially with well, the poorer people. I don’t see the big appeal, but they pretty much have everything you want and the prices are ok.

The staff is not overly friendly but speak good enough English and are helpful.

On Sunday morning, a tamale lady sells at the front door.

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Maybe the appeal of this market is that like the chorizo, it is a little better than you would except and acutally very pleasant.

Super Mercado La Raza

705 23rd Street
Richmond , CA

(510) 234-4524

Next: The other La Raza

Rankings:

1. Valley Produce (Pinole)
2. Tie - La Guarecita (San Pablo)
2. Tie - Mi Tierra Supermercado (Richmond)
3. Super Mercado La Raza (Richmond)
4. El Porvenir (San Pablo)
5. El Mercadito San Juan (Richmond)

Oh well ... unlimited editing is no more, so rankings will be at the end of the post with a link to the previous chorizo post

Chorizo Crawl Recap – What’s your favorite chorizo?
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