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San Pablo: Las Montanas - One of the best Bay Area Mexican supermarkets with Mexican Fanta and sanitized street food (in a good way)

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San Pablo: Las Montanas - One of the best Bay Area Mexican supermarkets with Mexican Fanta and sanitized street food (in a good way)

rworange | Jun 13, 2011 04:36 PM

This is a family-owned market with two other stores in Concord. The children have grown up and they are expanding the business. A second Concord location opened in Jan 2011 and the San Pablo store opened about a month ago. A little history in this link

http://concord-ca.patch.com/articles/...

"The business is run by Elba and Manuel Gomez and their six children. They opened the original market in the Park & Shop Center on Willow Pass Road in 1997."

The San Pablo market has a tortilleria, tacqueria / deli restaurant, barbeque, beverage bar, bakery, cremeria, carneceria and seafood counter in addition to the grocery.

Let me explain sanitized street food. Some people just aren’t comfortable eating from street carts and trucks.

Las Montanas is a place you can get street eats such as Mexican elote (corn covered in mayo and cheese), fresh fruit cups sprinkled with chili, fully-loaded Mexican hot dogs, etc. The employees wear protective gloves when handling the food.

Don’t misread this. I love street food and have zero problems with it. However, I know a lot of people who won’t eat it because of the mistaken perception it is not safe. If you fall in that category, Las Montanas is the place to indulge without the fear factor.

If you are ok with street food, no need to divert the discussion about its safety. I’m ok, you’re ok, some people aren’t ok with it.

The super-helpful staff is fully bi-lingual and it was a little amusing to watch them in action. If someone was Latino they were addressed in Spanish, otherwise it was English.

They will give samples of almost anything if you ask. One guy asked for a sample of buche. I got tastes of the mango yogurt and strawberries and cream yogurt when I asked.

There are also lots of sample stands. The Yas mango sample made with fruit pulp was excellent, the Yas horchata … not so much.

Reading yelp, it seems that they have great specials which I found was true on my visit. However, some of the regular groceries can be as much as Safeway and no bargain, so be aware.

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Las Montanas Market
13901 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806

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