This week’s lunch place of choice was Mi Pueblo Supermarket in Homewood. Opened back in the summer, Mi Pueblo is a Hispanic foods market that also has a little cafe/restaurant in the back. I’d heard you could get authentic Mexican and Latin American dishes, so I knew I had to try it.
When you walk into the supermarket, you’ll see the produce section to your right which is full of exotic fruits, vegetables, and other things like yuca, tamarind, and coconuts. Walking past that, you pass a wall full of pastry cases stocked with fresh made pastries (more on that later). And then there’s the meat department, with chicharrones that I swear were the size of the full pig. It was all so amazing and authentic.
The cafe is in the back of the store, and you have the option to either order from the menu or go for the buffet. We opted for the buffet option (only $8.99 with a drink) so we could try a variety of dishes. There were so many different options – beef dishes, chicken soup, saucy shrimp, meatballs, rice and beans, and more. You could grab a packet of warm tortillas and choose fresh salsas and toppings from a toppings bar. For drinks, you had the option to get fresh squeezed juices or horchata. I had melon juice that was so fresh and the bf got horchata that was just the right amount of sweet and cinnamony.
Together we tried a little bit of everything, and I really wish I knew the names of the dishes (there were no name cards), but you’ll have to suffice with my vague descriptions. My favorite things were beef in a green sauce (similar to a salsa verde), roasted chicken drumsticks, and a spicy scrambled egg dish.
After we finished eating, we walked around the store to check out what they had and then, of course, headed for the pastries. We had a hard time narrowing down the options – there were conchas, croissants, cream-filled pastries, cookies the size of my face, and massive squares of cheesecake. We decided on a concha, one of the cream-filled pastries, and a pastry that was similar to a danish, with custard, honey, and pecans. They were all HUGE pastries and when we checked out, our total for all three was only $2.95! We couldn’t believe each one was only 90 cents.
We obviously wanted to try part of each one right away so we dug in. The concha (a Mexican sweet bread) was sweet and similar in taste to a croissant. It would be good dipped in coffee, but wasn’t my favorite one. The other two were a tie for the best one. The cream-filled triangle-shaped pastry had a creamy custard in it, and the pastry dough was sweet, flaky, and doughy. The third one had a more croissant-type dough, but wasn’t as dry as the concha. It was perfectly moist and topped with custard and drizzled with honey made it all the more delicious!
Overall, I was really impressed with everything and couldn’t believe how reasonable the prices were. So next time you’re in the mood for some authentic Latin American food or need to satisfy your sweet tooth, a visit to Mi Pueblo is a must!