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Nov 2, 2008 06:45 PM

I wonder where Lola's (Santa Rosa) gets their meat

Lola's produce looks pretty supermarket-ish, but the meat counter is just amazing looking, with chicken feet and hooves and all sorts of things in there. I just ate some tongue I bought there; it looked and tasted like it had never been frozen and never been squeezed into a plastic cover. I also asked if they had beef cheeks, and the woman sawed a meat-colored brick off a large frozen slab for me. I've never cooked it before, but it should be fun.

I wonder where they get the chickens with their feet on and all that interesting stuff?

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  1. Is this the location on Petaluma Hill Road?

    Lola's Market -- place link not working, at least not right now
    1680 Petaluma Hill Rd
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    (707) 571-7579‎

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    1. re: maria lorraine

      Here's a link to description of stores & food highlights

      Both stores are in Santa Rosa. One is at Sebastopol Road and Dutton Avenue in Roseland, the other on Petaluma Hill Road in South Park.

    2. I always buy meat for Mexican cooking at Lola's if I can. I used to go to the location on Dutton when I lived in SR, but now the one on Petaluma Hill Rd is easier to get to. It is less of a "scene", also, which is both good and bad. They cut it for Mexican cooking, and the prices are good, too.
      Even though the produce is "supermarketish", I still find the best quality cilantro, chiles, limes, etc. there. Anything that has a high turnover for the Mexican community is pretty reliable.
      The rice pudding is also a guilty pleasure if I go early enough for a late breakfast.

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      1. re: dkenworthy

        Agreed that much of the mainstream produce is Supermarket quality or worse... HOWEVER, there are ALOT of finds at Lola's The Huazontle, Fresh Peas, Garbanzos, Calabacitas, Tomatillos, Chiles, Chayotes etc., are all superior to Supermarket quality (albeit sometimes you have to pick through it a little)... but really what supermarkets carry those items anyway? Herbs might not be as perky as say Whole Foods... but they are very reasonably priced & within season the quality is quite good.

        Regarding the meat... yes the Mexican markets have their own distribution networks that generally get back to regional Mexican owned slaughter houses who in turn have connections with local Mexican ranchers... the stuff available at Lola's is probably not slaughtered in Sonoma County and more likely from the Central Valley.

        1. re: Eat_Nopal

          Thanks, Eat Nopal-- actually I thought of you because I did see nopal there.
          I hope you and your family are doing well.

          1. re: wearybashful

            Thank you we are doing quite well adapting to Hawaii. I now have something I didn't in Sonoma County... a consistent source of fresh Hoja Santa.... it grows wild in large quantities throughout the island & nobody knows what to do with it. =)

          2. re: Eat_Nopal

            I would be very surprised if the chickens aren't from Sonoma County, either Petaluma Poultry or Fulton, or maybe from a smaller rancher. I think you mentioned before that Lola's uses Rosie's, which would be Petaluma Poultry. I tend to go to Mendoza more often (the staff are so helpful), and I know that it uses Fulton Sonoma Select.

            Lola's Market
            1680 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

            Rancho Mendoza Super Mercado
            640 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

            440 Dutton Ave # 17, Santa Rosa, CA

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Yes... you are right the poultry is local.

        2. I posted the question because I'd been reading about centralized mass production of food versus local production.

          dkenworthy, I think one of the most dangerous items in the store is that vat of caramel in the deli. It's a good thing it's protected by glass.

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          1. re: wearybashful

            Ask to talk to the manager about the source of the meat. Some Mexican markets near me do surprisingly have connections with local farmers ... now how those animals are kept, couldn't tell you.

            1. re: wearybashful

              Please do ask, it helps to let the stores you do business with know that you care. Here's my Fresno chicken story,