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Oct 7, 2006 09:01 AM

Atole at La Texanita in Santa Rosa

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 -

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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  1. 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

      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

        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

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

            1. re: Melanie Wong


              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

                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

              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

                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

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

            3. 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 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.