Store-made carnitas are the most popular items in the "cocina" deli department.
“I think one of the items that differentiates us are the carnitas, which is a typical famous, popular pork meat," said Luis Aceves, meat buyer for pork, poultry and hot deli categories at Northgate.
About 70% to 80% of the prepared food items are made in-store, according to Aceves.
Each store will have three to eight different types of house-made salsa.
Here in an Anaheim store, fresh salsas are available by the pound or in grab-and-go containers.
A tamale and flavored drink stand in the front of an Anaheim location.
The Anaheim location has brightly colored decorations such as pinatas.
Several of Northgate's stores have cocina taquerias that have small dining area and a menu with quick items like tacos and burritos.