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Jan 16, 2007 06:53 PM


After many months of waiting they opened last week! It's one of their large stores with a taqueria and tables in store - YEA!!!

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  1. I LOVE the Vallarta Markets. You can taste-test ALL of the aqua frescas at their juice bar!

    Also, the produce section sometimes has some very interesting items in their large barrels. We found fresh dates there that were so delicious!

    And don't forget their tres leches cakes; you can portion control and buy just a piece from their cooler.

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    1. re: liu

      Not that "portion control" means much -- that slice of cake out of the cooler (which is replenished religiously) is big enough for two or three people!

      Their carnitas from the hot bar are a great deal. Meat is also usually a very, very good deal, as is most produce.

    2. Their pre-marinated carne asada is really scrumptious. We take it home and cook it on our george foreman for splendid results. Make sure to visit Las Delicias further down Lyons for a treat as well.

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      1. re: Danimal n Hustler

        Especially after dark when they set up the cart with the al pastor spit outside their front door! Best tacos in the SCV!!!

        1. re: sel

          I love LD's Cocido de Res with their homemade tortillas. Yummy, yummy!!

      2. Try the cheesecake at Vallarta, surprisingly good for $1.50!!!

        1. I really like Vallarta Markets, I used to drive to the Sylmar location to get their carnitas meals to go, and other things, always very good. I tried the new location in SCV about 2/3 weeks ago, when they had just opened, and I was very disappointed, the carnitas were cold, and extremelly dry. Also their pan dulce which is usually good, was just not good, it had a weird taste.
          I will try again, I hope is better, I was very happy (one of the few happy people in this town) to know that they were coming to SCV.
          ....after typing this I might have to go today and have a carnitas taco..........craving now ; )

          1. I haven't tried any of the savory items from the taqueria at this new location yet. Hopefully the items that you found substandard are now improved. I've noticed a lot of management types in there and if I had prepared foods that were substandard I would suggest to one of them, or preferably to one of the little groups of managers that they go and taste the offending items. They are service oriented and trying very hard to do an excellent job!

            When you re-try the Carnitas Taco, I might suggest that if you like coconut, try the Coco agua fresca. I almost always get their pretty darn good Horchata but I tried the Coco and it's really good. They tend to put in a ton of ice so I request easy ice with any of their drinks. Good luck and enjoy!

            P.S. Can't wait to see the new 3 Sierras Market if they ever get it open!

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            1. re: sel

              I just passed by this weekend, and it looks like the new Tres Sierras Market won't be opening anytime soon, the building seems ready, but there is a for lease sign. I wonder what's going on there.

              1. re: lvgoodfood

                It looks to me like TresSierras Market changed their mind about opening a new larger store, my assumption is that they were afraid that they could not compete with the now year old Vallarta Market.