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El Molino Tortilla Factory in Concord

Johnny E Aug 20, 2006 12:23 AM

I was in the Concord area today and drove a little out of the way to go to one of my favorite eats in the bay area. El Molino is located in the back of a strip mall on on Monument Blvd - about 2 miles off of 680. They have the most amazing, fresh, melt in you mouth tortillas out side of mexico. El Molino is truly a factory room with two huge machines cranking out both flour and corn tortillas.

Recently they expanded the waiting area with 5 table, a fresh juice bar, and a mexican cheese case. In addition to the tortillas, you can get very tasty Carnitas (I had a taco made with 3 torillas fresh off the machine and the carnitas, onions and cilantro - the juice dripping down my hands). You can also get fresh masa to make your own tortillas at home.

This place should be on your list if you live within 60 miles of the place. Don't be intimidated by the stark surroundings, the folks and customers are very nice - I even get to practice my broken high school spanish much to the amusement of the cashiers.

El Molino Tortilla Factory - 1500 F1 Monument Blvd ( at Reganti )

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  1. rworange RE: Johnny E Aug 20, 2006 01:26 AM

    Sounds like a great place, thanks for posting.

    Do you know if they make their own cheese?

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      SamuelA.L. RE: Johnny E Aug 20, 2006 04:13 AM

      I've been there a good 10 or 15 times. It's a great area for mexican food overall. There is also a pretty good pho place in the stripmall, and a great greek place. Downtown Concord's a great area for cheap ethnic food. Oh, and the market is actually called "Las Montanas". It's one of those commonly confusing things.

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        Johnny E RE: Johnny E Aug 20, 2006 07:10 PM

        I don't think they make their own cheese. But, the meat market around the corner in the strip mall does have amazing queso fresco (which I think they make themselves) and freshly made chorizo.

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          rworange RE: Johnny E Feb 19, 2009 12:53 PM

          Finally got to stop by this place. I keep great tips in the back of my mind until the opportunity presents itself.

          I bought my SO a bag of the delicate corn tortillas ... no preservatives ... ingredients are ground corn treated with lime, water. I tried one hot from the bag and it was very nice. They had bags of tortilla chips also for $1. A bag of 50 warm fresh-made tortillas was $1.65

          Tortilleria El Molino
          1500 Monument Blvd Ste F, Concord, CA 94520

          1. re: rworange
            wolfe RE: rworange Feb 19, 2009 01:09 PM

            Amazing, in this economy, that's less than .2 cents more per tortilla than you found at Food Barn in Richmond 1 1/2 years ago.

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              rworange RE: wolfe Feb 20, 2009 07:02 AM

              Funny you should mention that. The first bite and I immediately thought of Food Barn. They are almost exactly like those ... and the same style made by Tortilleria Jalisco in Sonoma.

              La Boregquena's still remain my personal gold standard, but my SO likes this more delicate style especially when grilled.

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