Blink and you'll miss the new Mexican Market at Central and Allen Streets in Albany.
But for a small space, the selection will impress you.
Mexican Market is an awesome new addition to the Capital Region ethnic market scene.
I found a variety of spices, food and beverages that are tough to find in this area.
There are Mexican sodas in glass bottles made with real sugar! You'll also find juices, a variety of Mexican fresh cheeses, shelf-stable items like salsa, canned beans and vegetables, snacks, and sweets. While I was there another customer started to reminisce about a certain candy they had that she hadn't had since childhood in Mexico.
But my favorite part of the store is the wall with bagged herbs -- whole tamarind pods, dried hibiscus flowers, and an assortment of dried chili peppers. They're opposite a shelf with chicharrones, possibly my second-favorite part of the store.
Mexican Market also serves prepared foods. At the moment they're mostly take-out, with tacos, burritos, and sandwiches available during the weekday. Prices range from $5.50 - $7.99. I had some tacos during an earlier visit, and not only are they good, but they come out hot in about five minutes. They're simply dressed with onions, cilantro, salsa, and a wedge of lime on the side.
Owner Emmanuel Santacruz recommend coming in on the weekend for a wider menu to select from, featuring fresh soups like menudo and posole. He's planning to expand the store in the back to allow diners space to eat in.
Bring your appetite and some cash -- they don't do credit cards.
Earlier on AOA: La Marqueta Frank and Giovanni's
654 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12206
7 days, 9 am - 10:30 pm
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