Mi Pueblo Food Center, East Palo Alto

by Stevie on May 10, 2011

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welcome to Mi Pueblo Food Center

welcome to Mi Pueblo Food Center


We’d never heard of Mi Pueblo Food Centers before embarking on our almost-but-oh-so-achingly-not-yet-complete kitchen remodel project last December. Their East Palo Alto location is in the same large strip mall that is home to “our” Home Depot. Since we’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time in that ‘hood, it only seemed natural to check out Mi Pueblo.

And I am sure glad that we did!

This place is enormous. It really is a “food center” and not just a store. Aside from the aisles and aisles of groceries, they’ve a huge working kitchen which serves a thriving open restaurant; a bakery that makes a wide range of cakes, cookies, tropical fruit-filled confections as well as tortillas that you can sample warm from the grill. I’ve seen staff behind small portable counters shucking oysters and trimming thorns off nopales (edible cactus). Once we went and they had tequila vendors hawking their wares.

bustling Mi Pueblo restaurant

bustling Mi Pueblo restaurant


rows and rows of Mi Pueblo dry goods

rows and rows of Mi Pueblo dry goods

Mi Pueblo seafood section

Mi Pueblo seafood section

I really like the bright colors and the cheery mood I always feel while perusing the produce and guava-filled sweets. Most times I’ll get some pastry or other to munch on between samples while I fill my shopping cart. On our last visit, part of the parking lot had been blocked off for a children’s birthday party. Inside festive brassy Mexican music filled the air with its happy sound.

beautiful serrano chiles

beautiful serrano chiles


brown sugar cones

brown sugar cones

mountains of red cactus fruit are not something that I see everywhere

mountains of red cactus fruit are not something that I see everywhere


white and yellow onions

white and yellow onions


papaya

papaya

Many of the items for sale, as you might expect, focus on Mexican and Central American cuisine, which I adore. Mi Pueblo has an especially exciting selection of mild white cheeses, which taste great with jam on crusty bread at breakfast. I’m partial to the Los Altos Queso Fresco. You can easily get all the staples here: rice, beans, various fresh and dried chiles, tomatillos, tomatoes, tortillas and crispy corn chips, homemade salsas, cheeses, you name it.

child's party in front of Mi Pueblo

child's party in front of Mi Pueblo

fresh garbanzo beans

fresh garbanzo beans


Mi Pueblo roma tomatoes

Mi Pueblo roma tomatoes


pineapple

pineapple

chilled yogurt drinks

chilled yogurt drinks


poblanos and avocados at Mi Pueblo

poblanos and avocados at Mi Pueblo

Turns out that this is just one of 19 stores in the Bay Area. Their newest just opened in Newark, CA and they’re developing one now in Gilroy. So if you haven’t seen Mi Pueblo already, you will, somewhere soon. When you do, go there, and go often.

some Mi Pueblo house-made baked goods

some Mi Pueblo house-made baked goods


tostadas

tostadas


candles

candles

varous cheeses:  see the Los Altos Queso Fresco in the middle?

varous cheeses: see the Los Altos Queso Fresco in the middle?


various beans

various beans

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Heavenly Housewife May 10, 2011 at 6:37 am

What an awesome place to do some food shopping, everything looks so fun and bright!
Great pictures daaaaahling!
*kisses* HH

Faith May 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm

What a great place this is! The bakery, the fresh produce, the cheeses…it all looks amazing! I think I could set up camp in live in there, lol!

tasteofbeirut May 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

This store reminds me of a couple stores in the Dallas area (Fiesta etc) I have often gone in and found things that interest me, like verdolaga (purslane) or crunchy cookies (polvarones) or whatever; there is also a juice isle with fresh juices. Much cheaper than smoothies!

LeQuan May 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I’ve never heard of Mi Peublo before, but WOW! This place looks amazing. Those mountains of fresh fruit would be enough for me to visit. I couldn’t help but notice (like you said) how colorful this place was. I’m not the least bit surprised that there’s a children’s party going on outside of it – too cute! Mi Peublo, I’ll have to remember this one.

Fer Guimaraes Rosa March 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Heg, esse mercado é a versão amplificada e mais sofisticada do de Woodland! adorei! e um dia vou querer ir lá. :-)

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