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Oct 19, 2006 06:23 PM

Best place to buy fresh tortillas and salsa

Any suggestions as to where to shop for great fresh tortillas and salsa? I'm not far from Highland Park, so anywhere around there is best, but willing to travel.

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  1. Teri - my favorite salsa comes from the South Pasadena farmers market, which just happens to be tonite. There is one stall that sells very fresh salsas and guacamole. The farmers market is 4pm-8pm (7pm in the winter) but I don't know if they have made the switch to winter hours yet. Near the intersection of Mission and Meridian in South Pas. The lone salsa stall is near impossible to miss. I'm not sure if they have tortillas there, and I'm sure you were hoping to get everything in 1 place, but this where I go for salsa. Hope you enjoy.

    1. Just ate a wonderful carne asada burrito from Azteca Tortilliara (sp?) -- this place is an East LA institution, where corn tortillas are made fresh and sold by the dozen. No seating. Also tacos, burritos, tamales.

      They are on Cesar Chavez Blvd. at Ford. Not close to Highland Park, but worth the drive. Not sure if they have salsa, but they probably have a store nearby that does that.

      1. There's a tiny little carneceria on the corner of Division St. and Ave 33 in Cypress Park (or is that Mt. Washington there?). They make a red chile arbol (I think) salsa and a green one. Both are terrific. $1 for a pint container. Look in the fridge case directly across the aisle from the cash register. Ask if you don't see it -- sometimes they run out, or there's one hiding in the back, or they have some behind the meat counter that they'll put in a container for you.

        I also happen to like the deli salsas they sell at Super-A Foods (which you'll pass on your way to the place mentioned above). Four varieties. Look in the case with packaged steaks etc. along the back wall. Their chips are pretty decent too, and unsalted, 2 lbs. for $2.45.

        As for fresh Tortillas, there are several tortillarias in this neighborhood. The one I've been to a couple times is on Cypress a block west of Cazador St., right before it bends and becomes Eagle Rock Blvd. It's colorful, you won't miss it.