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Atole at La Texanita in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong Oct 7, 2006 09:01 AM

With the cool down in the weather, I thought that champurrado and atole drinks might be returning to taco truck row. Cruising Sebastopol Road last night, I soon spotted the sidewalk sign in front of Antojitos La Texanita promoting atole.

Get your hot atole -
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While the street scene was relatively quiet, the restaurant was packed to the gills with Mexican families at 9:30pm on Friday. I went up the counter to get a big cup of atole to go. The proprietress warned me that it was VERY hot . . . no kidding, it was a good 30 minutes in the car before it cooled down enough to not scald my mouth. She said they'd started making atole again as of Thursday. The scent of canela, but less vanilla tones than I remember here, and still warming through and through.

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    maus1 Oct 11, 2006 01:44 AM

    I had a very nice atole made by the "Queen of Tamal" on Fruitvale, but it may have been a special for the Oakland Museum sale day....it was a champurrado I believe (or vanilla). At home in Mexico my favorite was strawberry (very pink!)

    Her tamales, by the way, are wonderfully light and home-made. Definitely worth a visit.

    1. rworange Oct 7, 2006 03:59 PM

      Ah, now if there were only hot chocolate trucks ...

      So, what is the best atole you've had in the Bay Area? Obviously open to anyone who has had good atole. How does this compare.

      I have to honestly say, that as far as atole, the best it has gotten for me is drinkable. In the back of my mind, I'm thinking there was one I really liked ... but obviously not enough to remember or return. This is not a put down of atole, just the fact I've had some miserable versions.

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      1. re: rworange
        Melanie Wong Oct 8, 2006 11:59 PM

        Having only tried three or four versions of atole (as champurrado seems to be more common around here), I couldn't nominate any as best from such a tiny sample. One of the reasons I like La Texanita's version is that it does have milk in it, so the flavor is a bit richer and it smoothes out the texture.

        1. re: rworange
          Ruth Lafler Oct 9, 2006 05:08 AM

          The famous El Ojo de Agua taco truck (corner of Fruitvale and E. 12 in Oakland) has wonderful atole -- I even brought some to the Chowing with the Hounds picnic one years.

          They usually only have one flavor at a time, but the flavors have varied over the years. The atole I brought to the picnic was Nuez (flavored with ground nuts), which they had for quite a while. Last time I had it there it was coconut, which was also delicious. The weirdest flavor is ever saw was guava, but I haven't seen that in years.

          Oh, and because someone is bound to ask: atole is a warm beverage thickened with cornflour.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            rworange Oct 9, 2006 05:21 AM

            Thanks. I'll give that a try next time I'm in the neighborhood.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              Melanie Wong Oct 9, 2006 06:04 AM

              Yeah, it's a liquid tamal. (vbg)

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                snarkygirl Oct 10, 2006 11:47 PM

                Melanie,

                I really have come to love La Texanita. It was recommended by a friend of mine who knows the owner. I've never had a meal I didn't like there, and I've made my way though a lot of the menu.

                1. re: snarkygirl
                  Melanie Wong Oct 11, 2006 06:17 AM

                  It's been my favorite all-round in the taco truck life, not everything is the "best" I've ever had, but quality is way up there. Am looking forward to trying more at the restaurant. And, the proprietress makes all the difference. She runs a tight ship and is quite personable.

                  When I was in there last, I noticed that you can get tacos made with handmade tortillas for 2 bucks. I think I need to try those.

              2. re: Ruth Lafler
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                chocolatetartguy Oct 11, 2006 12:10 AM

                Last couple times I was there, atole wasn't on the bill of fare. Are they more likely to have it on the weekend?

                1. re: chocolatetartguy
                  Ruth Lafler Oct 11, 2006 04:32 PM

                  The ways of taco trucks are mysterious -- I think availability is based more on the season than the day, but they've had it before at this time of year, so I'm rather stumped. I'll report back next time I spot it there (or anywhere).

                2. re: Ruth Lafler
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                  chocolatetartguy Oct 11, 2006 08:17 PM

                  The Nuez I had from there was like liquified cornmeal pancakes with light maple syrup. Dessert-like, but very satisfying.

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