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Lola’s Market #2 Opens in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | May 1, 200510:53 PM

Friday I was planning to pick up some inexpensive cilantro at Phnom Penh market on Petaluma Hill Road on my way north but made a detour when I spotted the new Lola’s Market, which hadn’t been here the last time I was in the neighborhood. The original location of the supermercado anchors the Dutton Road corner of Sebastopol Road’s line-up of Mexican businesses. This one opened three weeks ago.

Clerks were walking up and down the aisles offering free fruit salads – cantaloupe, papaya, grapes and granola topped with peach yogurt – to customers from the deli counter. Not just a little taste, but a good size portion in those red and white checkered cardboard tray. Besides the Mexican groceries, produce, seafood, and meats, a panaderia and taqueria take up one side of the store. The seating for the taqueria extends to a walled off patio for dining al fresco. A small rack offers local wines, e.g., Cline, Sebastiani, Belvedere, something I hadn’t noticed at the other store. The tortilla selection is equally huge, and includes handmade style organic corn tortillas. The dairy case has the full line of Clover organic milks.

I took advantage of the opening specials to buy Kerns nectar at 2/98¢ (half the price of the big chains) as well as some of the Mexican brands and 10 oz. packages of washed baby spinach for $1.59. As far as my cilantro, the very fresh and dewy bunches were 49¢ and three times the size of the supers’. I also bought green onions for 35¢ per bunch. I picked up a giant empanada de calabaza (12” wide) for a buck that was mostly bready with too little filling for the size.

The shiny newness, wider aisles and increased staff on hand made this a much more pleasant shopping experience than the original. I’ll have to stop back to try the taqueria.

Lola’s Market and Restaurant
1680 Petaluma Hill Rd.
Santa Rosa 95403

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