Restaurants & Bars

"Los Osos Mexican Market" Los Osos (SLO Co.)

toodie jane | Jan 12, 200809:22 PM

The self-named, small Mexican market tucked behind Starbucks in a minimall moved 5 months ago to a larger location a few doors down, and now has a small bakery sharing space with a meat market and deliMex, in addition to its offerings of produce and groceries.

Located at 1236 Los Osos Valley Rd (LOVR) it is at the very back of the minimall. Though small, it carries a very good selection of Mexican canned goods, drink mixes, masas, mole concentrates, a huge array of yerbas and botanical teas, etc.

Very amiable staff at the meat market, and you can literally watch the baker through a sneeze guard as he rollsout the different pan dulces. There is a cold case with beautiful whole flan, tres leches and corn cake, as well as traditional layered cakes with beautiful glazed fruit decorations. Looks as though the flan and a custardy corn cake (name?) are unmolded from a springform, almost 2" high. Available whole or sliced. Tres leches cake slices available, (haven't tasted it yet!). Very professional products coming form a micro kitchen. Truley a talented baker.

As I'd just had lunch at Brandon's, I had ro room for more deli items, but couldn't resist sampling, in the interest of research, a piece of the corn cake which was very nice: sweet and light in texture with a great corny flavor, enhanced by whole kernals of yellow corn. I also tried a bite or two of the flan, which is by far the smoothest (not overcooked) bubble-free flan I've had. Santa Maria's Panaderia San Juan now has a rival for my affections in the flan department.

In a county underserved by Latin groceries, this market fills a need for the sizable Mexican and Central Amercian population on the North Coast, and for the rest of us home cooks looking for good ingredients.

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