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 Lolas Market, which hadnt been here the last time I was in the neighborhood. The original location of the supermercado anchors the Dutton Road corner of Sebastopol Roads 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 hadnt 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. Ill have to stop back to try the taqueria.
Lolas Market and Restaurant
1680 Petaluma Hill Rd.
Santa Rosa 95403