Story and photos by Valentina Silva
A while back, a reader named Adrian tipped me off to “the best damn salsa and guac” he’d ever had. Naturally, I was intrigued and excited that such a find was available minutes from my house at Figueroa Produce in Highland Park.
Figueroa Produce is a great little market located in a strip mall at the corner of Figueroa Street and York Boulevard. Dedicated to offering high-quality food at discounted prices to the local community, they carry harder-to-find international food brands, dairy products, and snacks. Plus, their meat and deli sections include grass fed, organic and free-range options—I’ve heard amazing things about their carne asada. Much less of a headache than Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
But onto the salsa and guacamole. I hear that the owner’s father comes in everyday to make fresh batches of each. It really shows. The salsa is full of tangy flavor, and the guacamole is equal parts smooth and chunky with a nice jalapeño kick. Yeah! Both were so fresh and went really well with my beloved tortilla chips from Superior Market, which also must be applauded because they are, hands down, the best store-bought chips in existence. Just look at them! I served the whole shebang at a recent party, and everyone was blown away.
Thanks to Adrian, and keep the tips coming!
Valentina Silva is a regular contributor writing about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her new blog, Eastside Food Bites.