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?
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.
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.
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.
1680 Petaluma Hill Rd, Santa Rosa, CA
Rancho Mendoza Super Mercado
640 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA
440 Dutton Ave # 17, Santa Rosa, CA