My hubby and I went to Fiesta Foods Warehouse in Fresno last night and boy we were happy hounds! This giant Latino supermarket just opened in March and I was tipped off by a few of my co-workers as to its existence. My co-workers(Latina) were very impressed with the selection here as well as the cleanliness and friendliness of the staff.
Located at the corner of Tulare and First street in an old gringo supermarket building (Vons, I think), this places packs in a whole lotta flavor. Here are a few finds:
Aqua frescas of every flavor, very cheap! I had a pineapple and my husband had the papaya, both excellent and a 32 oz was $1.99. Perfect for buying and gulping down while browsing for other goodies. Also at the juice bar are smoothies and icee-type drinks that I need to figure out as well.
A "cocina" which is like a hot food counter. They have a bunch of stuff here, tacos, tortas, rotissiere chicken, hot pork rind, burritos, many trays of meat in various sauces that I haven't quite figured out. You can order a quick taco or a whole pound of carnitas, whatever you like. You can eat there or take it to go. They also have a "salad" case with ceviche, guacamole, and fresh made salsas. I sampled the guacamole(excellent) and the red salsa(smoky and flavorful with a nice kick).
A panaderia(bakery) with more sweet stuff than you can shake a stick at. 5 pastries for $2, pretty reasonable. Haven't tasted all the ones I bought, but the fruit filled ones are great. They also bake French bread and dinner rolls.
Two words: fresh tortillas!!! They make the tortillas in house (you can watch them do it) and sell corn, flour, blue corn, and nopalitas(catcus) tortillas. And they are cheap! Sale right now for 30 flour tortillas for $2.
The meat counter is huge, encompassing the entire back of the store. They have queso fresco as well. They sell huge chorizo sausages and several other "exotic" cuts of meat like pigs feet, whole chickens, and other things not normally found at Vons.
They also have the regular grocery store type of stuff as well as Latino groceries. Unable to report a whole lot on that since we were stuffed from eating at the cocina and getting very tired. Worth checking out later. If any Fresno hounds are looking for speciality Latino ingredients, you will probably find it here and you can also have lunch! I will defintely be back for the fresh tortillas and the great agua frescas.