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Rodeo - Portuguese sandwiches, food and wine at People’s Market

Krys Stanley | Jan 23, 200511:15 PM

Hot sandwiches on Portuguese rolls are available at People’s Market which is on the border of Hercules. They also sell a small, but decent selection of Portuguese meats, cheeses, sausages, fish, canned goods, bakery items and wines.

I wouldn’t go out of my way for the sandwiches, but they are nice if you are in the area. You can buy the bagged rolls. Again, don’t go out of your way. It wasn’t until I had my third sandwich that I realized they weren’t your standard grocery store sandwich rolls.

Sandwiches are in those silver bags that keep chickens and hot dogs warm in stores. I liked the sandwiches in the following order: linguicia, chorizo, Cajun (nice spice, but had this rubbery taste), and Wonderoast chicken. The store boasts about this chick (“rotisserie with special spices and basted with natural juices”), but I thought it on par with Safeway’s. Living in the area, I’d say Raley’s is much tastier.

Some of the Portuguese items include: Linguicia (San Jorge and Goulart's), various cheeses, fish (bacalua, Sardinha), Tremocos (Limpid beans), sweet bread (PaoDoce). There were some interesting pieces of bacon. All meats, cheeses and fish are wrapped in heavy duty plastic. The bread and cookies are from Hiser Bakery in Hayward.

A little section in front has an assortment of canned goods. There are little sardine type of cans with octopus in various sauces, codfish, mackerel and, of course, sardines. There are also olives, beans and few other groceries.

The wines seem to be on the low end scale of Portuguese wines, I’ve found more interesting wines from Portugal at Berkeley Bowl. However, they are decent table wines and the prices in some cases beat BevMO. For example Cavipor Caseiro Vinho de Mesa Branco and Tinto were three bottles for $9.99.

This place did get me interested in what was available in terms of Portuguese food in the Bay Area. You can get Malacadas (Sugar Doughnuts) at the Portuguese Bakery in Santa Clara. They are like a fritter shaped churro and filled with jelly. I’ll do a post on the terrific little Hiser bakery in Hayward soon. There’s also a place that makes a Portuguese sort of stew called Sopas one weekend a month. If it is any good I’ll post.

If you have a hankering for Portuguese foods, take the Rodeo exit of I-80 (it has the big Burger King sign). Head down the side near the sea. It’s two stop lights beyond Safeway.

Glad posting this was put off. While reading the original version, I was cringing a lot. I’m keeping it as an example of how not to write.

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