Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pro's Ranch Market



At the advice of my aunt, I stopped by Pro's Ranch Markets, a big-box Mexican grocery store on Southern and Stapley.

If you go on a Saturday, be prepared for pandemonium. Key limes, 99 cents for four pounds? Beans selling in giant bins by the truckload? Tortilla machines operating with six-sigma efficiency? Puts Food City to south-of-the-border shame.

When I saw massive barbecue racks smoke firing chicken outside, I knew had I found my new favorite food store. My hypothesis was only confirmed when I encountered a pastry aisle, tropical fruit drink bar, and "deli" that really should be classified as its own Mexican restaurant. And that was just one third of the floor space!

I might have been the only white guy in the building. I bought a bag of beans, some garlic, peppers, and freshly made tortillas. I think I also bought a grapefruit soda called something in Spanish that I can't now, even one day later, remember.

And I might have even made a friend. As I was eating in the crowded food court (ahh the Pro Ranch cooked food! My new favorite Mexican restaurant--in a grocery store!), an older man with a Nacho Libre mustache noticed me devouring a smoke-grilled chicken burrito a little too quickly. He saw that I didn't have any napkins, and so he grabbed a few out of his bale-sized stack and handed them over towards my plate. I don't think he spoke English, and I can't speak a lick of Spanish, but we shared a moment of instant understanding--good food like this, on a crazy, crowded day like today, needs a coupla napkins.

6 comments:

Nellie said...

You are making me hungry....

Kristenjane said...

HAHAHA you make me laugh! So how are the homemade tortillas?

Joey said...

Glad you had a good experience....It is quite a store!!! I'll have to try the food, sounds good.

aubrey wegleitner said...

I know i am in love with it too...

Colby said...

If you find a soda there called 'Manzana Lift' you need to buy me a case full of it. Seriously. But I don't think you will find that in the states. Probably doesn't meet the health standards. That's how good it is.

Jan said...

I haven't been there yet, I definitely need to check it out