This little Latino market with the bright mural painted on the wall facing the parking lot it shares with El Chalan opened a few weeks ago.
They make a nice zucchini bread that is moist, flavorful and studded with nuts. $1.50 slice.
Tamales (pork, chicken, cheese/pepper) are $1 and nicely moist. I like the cheese the best. The meat in the chicken/pork is a little to minced for my tastes, but the pork had a nice meaty flavor.
It is really a small market but they carry a few items I haven’t seen in other markets and there seems to be a focus on Central American.
They sell Atado de Panela de Dona Lisa. From my understanding this is like piloncillo, except it is wrapped in corn husks and one large piece of sugar.
They also carry San Francisco brand red silk beans (Frijoles Rojos de Seda). A few of the other markets carry other brands of these small red beans.
Central American beans are interesting to me currently. They are usually twice the price of Mexican beans. I’ve finding they hold up better to long cooking.
They also have paper tamale wrappers that I’ve never noticed in other markets. In fact they use these for their tamales. The tamal is wrapped in corn husks and then the parchment paper.
The freezer had bags of frozen tejocotes, a small apple I just learned about recently that is used to make Mexican Christmas ponche.
The veggie selection is small but usually better quality than most … and a little pricier too. They make a nice-looking green salsa I plan to try. There are a few cheeses available and a meat counter with some marinated and usually defrosting meats.
The case with pan dulce and rolls looks like they are being supplied by a good bakery.
This seems like not a great location. They are half-way between the larger Central Market and Raley’s. I hope their little specialty nitch of a few unique items brings them customers.
La Santaneca Food and Meat Market
3770 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, Ca