El Paso, TX
Valley Super Market is a local meat market and Mexican grocery store with several locations in El Paso. Not being familiar with many of the items normally sold in Mexican markets, it is hard for me to make a comparison with other stores. I would classify it as a small store, though, which mainly carries items not sold in the regular super markets (such as Wal-Mart, etc.) that you would want to use for Mexican style cooking.
The Resler location has a meat market, bakery, a section for other groceries, and a restaurant that is served deli style (you order at the counter and select the items you want from the display case). The restaurant closes an hour earlier than the store, though (the store closes at 8:00 p.m.–7:00 on Sunday).
I indicated below that I have eaten at the restaurant two times, but I have visited the store several other times for baked goods and other items. The overall rating, though, is mainly for items served at the restaurant.
Most items are served individually or by the pound, but they do have some combination plates available such as the Mexican Plate shown in the photo. Although this was not the absolute best Mexican plate I have had in El Paso, it is a good deal for the money, and I enjoyed the food. The Red Enchilada was particularly noteworthy as being a good representative of El Paso style Mexican food. It was not too spicy but had a good flavor.
The Chile Relleno did not stand out much from others in the city except for the fact that the rajas con queso on top were so flavorful that they turned it into a somewhat exceptional relleno.
The Shredded Beef Taco was good but was a little lacking in flavor compared to some others in the city.
The Rice with lima beans was very good, especially compared to most other restaurants.
The Beans were not special for El Paso but were excellent compared to most other places.
You do not get chips with a dinner here, but they provide salsas to go with the food.
There is no tea but Mexican sodas are available.
Items served by the Pound
For any item that is not part of a plate, you will need to specify how much you want. This is also a way to get a meal if you go after the restaurant closes at 7:00 but the store is still open (until 8:00 pm). Tables are available any time during store hours.
Shown in the photo are a half pound each of chile colorado and chile verde, along with some beans. The Chile Verde was so spicy that I thought this detracted from its flavor (I admit that I am not a diehard chilehead). I found the Chile Colorado to be very flavorful, though, and is one of the best in El Paso for sure. Both had a large potato content which I think enhanced the flavor of each one.
One notable grocery item is the Tamales, which come in three flavors–red, green, and queso con rajas. In order to try them I had to buy three packages with six tamales in each, and some ended up in the freezer (I don’t think they are as good after this). Even when fresh, though, I did not think they were as good as some in Canutillo (either at Lupita’s or the Little Diner).
The Pan Dulce from Valley Super Market’s bakery is good, although I agree with some comments I have seen that it is probably better at Los Jarrones at Redd Road and Doniphan. I think Valley has a better selection of items than Los Jarrones, though. I have not made an item by item comparison of the two bakeries but one thing I particularly like here is the soft bread with jelly inside (such as strawberry).
In addition to the food being inexpensive, it is also self serve so you do not necessarily need to leave a tip (although you can). The food is actually very good, but the main thing I do not like is that they do not have iced tea.
The food seems to be Chihuahua style, although I think the enchiladas are typical of El Paso (they have more chile sauce than the typical Ciudad Juarez enchiladas). I was pleasantly surprised by the chile con rajas served on top of the chile relleno, and I think this is probably a Mexican tradition rather than one normally found north of the border.
I did not notice a strong selection of items such as fresh fruits and vegetables in the store–I think it is mostly meat and packaged items. However, I have not purchased any and I do not know specifically what they have in the way of produce.
Cuisine: Mexican Chihuahua
Hours: Open Daily
Smoking: No smoking
Most Recent Visit: Jul 26, 2018
Number of Visits: 2
Best Items: Red Enchilada, Chile Relleno con Rajas, Chile Colorado