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Dec 27, 2006 07:17 PM

Handmade, Handpatted Tortillas....maiz and harina

I am looking for places that actually make their tortillas completely by hand, without benefit of a press. Any suggestions from Santa Monica Bay to El Monte will be much appreciated.

I need them for take out.


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  1. Olvera St. - La Luz Del Dia. Slap, slap, slap (sound of tortillas being made).

    Also try the churros at Mr. Churro.

    1. Its been a while since my last visit, by I think La Azteca in East LA still makes them by hand.

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      1. Los 5 Puntos in East L.A. Thick, crude and effective.

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        1. re: condiment

          And great carnitas to go with those tortillas.
          Los Cinco Puntos
          3300 E Cesar Chavez Ave
          Los Angeles, CA 90063
          (323) 261-4084

        2. Hmm, not sure exactly if it is made "completely by hand" but the tortillas at TONNY'S in Pasadena are handmade, and I believe hand-patted if I recall correctly.

          843 E. Orange Grove Blvd.,
          (626) 797-0866

          1. There's a place (sorry, don't know the name) right across the street from where Gallo's Grill (RIP) used to be that makes wonderful, wonderful, handmade, hand-formed, irregular tortillas, both flour and corn. I haven't done any kind of comparative shoot out or anything, but in my casual sampling of stuff around town, they're the best I've tasted. Sorry, I don't know the name of the place, but it's across the street from 4533 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave., just east of Ford, on the north side of the street.

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            1. re: David Kahn

              The name of the place is La Azteca and they do make the best corn and flour tortillas by hand.

              1. re: David Kahn

                Yup that's La Azteca I mentioned above. Great place :)

                1. re: Ernie

                  To the OP -- I mostly barely know what I'm talking about, so I understand if you take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but when both Neta and Ernie recommend a place for Mexican food, you know it's gotta be smokin good. The one thing I'd add is that they sometimes run out, so, now that we've identified the name, you might look them up and call first.