Alex Hughes — March 2018.. Primo Foods is not what I would consider part of my “Grocery Grabs” series. I find it part of just traveling; the other series covers really small markets. This location can be easily passed by without noticing as there is no official sign. The front of the building has a tent and underneath is a huge selection of fruit and vegetables. Rows and rows are filled with boxes stuffed with apples, avocados, tomatillos, corn, tomatoes etc. It makes me wonder how they put it away at the end of the day! I picked up some tomatillos, nectarines and apples: glad they had Cripps which have a sweeter flavor and are much more crispier than Red Delicious.
Photos by Alex Hughes
The inside of the store reminds me of the other markets. However, this market has a hot food section where they sell tamales and chile rellenos compared to Albertsons that sell macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. There was also a wide assortment of salsas about 10 which trumps regular stores; Primos makes them fresh.
This particular aisle also had refrigerated vegetables and to the right were corn and flour tortillas which were made in North County. I picked some from Escondido under the name Tortilleria SantaCruz. Beans were not in short supply as they had many canned and dried varieties; I found some called Roman Beans. It seems that they were remodeling at the time as the back of the store was in disrepair. Shelves were bare, and there were items strewn about. I picked through the sparse array of product and found some chili peanuts! Can’t go wrong with that! I find those wherever I go.
Checking out revealed a surprise! I got a free torta when I mentioned that I was a writer and reporter for theVista Press.com! Thanks to youth I suppose. The best part of Primo Food was their dedication to the American flag. I found it proudly displayed at the front along with a large mural on the side with the stars popping out like 3D. I can see that they are proud of being in the U.S. and doing business. Now, this is what I like to call the American Dream.
Primo Foods -1535 West Vista Way- Vista, CA 92083