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New Ranch Market in Phoenix is fantastic


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New Ranch Market in Phoenix is fantastic

TastyJon | Jul 1, 2005 08:50 PM

As mentioned it opened last Wed. As big, if not bigger than the others, it was packed with curious folks, hungry diners and loads of shoppers.

Features include:

- A huge bakery with scores of cakes on display and other baked goods.

- A large food court with two buffet-like rows of offerings, from individual meals to family packs, freshly grilled chicken, ribs, etc.

- Two juice bars. One with giant vessles of horchata, watermelon and other fruit juices. Another juicing up what looked like root veggies.

- A Willy Wonka-like torilla factory whose foresh product will make you swear off store brands.

- A sausage/dairy counter the size of most market's butcher sections.

- A butcher section the size of a Trader Joes (with more cuts of meat than a Vegeterian's nightmare*).

- A large seafood section with plenty of offerings to go, plus a counter & seating if you'd like to belly up and chow down on fish tacos then and there.

- More free samples than Costco

It's on the corner of 16th St & Roosevelt (near the 10/51/202 interchange). If you feel like going on a mini vacation, check it out, becuase I felt like I was in Mexico, only this version was clean, shiny and new. The strolling Mariachi band and the fact that everyone would first speak to me in Spanish also helped.

P.S. Seth - I had three Carne Asada soft tacos. I forgot to ask if they served hard shell but in any case, they were fully loaded.

* If you don't eat critters (as my veggie friend says), stay out of that aisle. On the other end of the store, however, is a produce section with mountains of offerings.

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