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Jan 30, 2004 12:07 PM

Where to find nacatamales in the Bay Area?

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Ben and I are still on the lookout for nacatamales. They are very moist and flavorful Nicaraguan tamales filled w/ potatoes, olives and other ingredients. Ben tried them in Honduras when he was a little kid and still remembers them. I've tried them at La Palma Mexicatessen, 2884 24th St (@ Florida) SF. 415-647-1500 but they don't have them often.

Salvadorean tamales are close but still not the same says Ben.

Any place else has them?


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  1. Per my Honduran co-worker's Nicaraguan roomate:

    Adelita's at Mission & Richland sells them "from the bucket."

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Thanks Gary for the info. I'll check it out one day. Hope other hounds beat me to it and report back!

    2. The best ones I've had were from Latino's in Vallejo. You can also find them at Barassa's in SF's Mission and Tapatio in SSF.


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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks for the places for me to look. I've tried to find "Barassa's in SF's Mission and Tapatio in SSF" but Google and City Search don't have these mentioned with addresses.

        1. re: Arlene

          Here's my post with the address for Barassa's (it's spelled both ways). The place in SSF is La Tapatia, and it's on Grand Ave. across from City Hall.


      2. You can find them at the produce stand on Mission between 24th and 25th. It's the one next to chinese bakery (the same side of the street as the Mission Cultural Center). You can also find them at the Nicaragua Restaurant on 25th and Mission.

        1. your not going to finf Nicaraguence nacatamales in a mexican restarant because their not mexican food their Nicraguence food so go to a Nicaraguence restarant

          1. I saw a mention in the Guardian of Las Isletas for nacatamales. Anyone try it yet?

            Las Isletas
            4508 Third St, SF

            Las Isletas
            4508 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124