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Looking for fresh flour tortillas

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good eats Jan 3, 2006 06:24 PM

I'm looking for fresh flour tortillas. I don't like the mission brand, or even the la tapatia tortillas you buy at the super market. I hate how they have the wierd preservatives after taste. I normally have my cousin bring a whole bunch from Mexico and then I freeze them. I like how the tortillas from Mexico has a good flavor to it, (maybe because of the lard). I love the tortillas from Chevys, but too bad they don't sell them anywhere besides the restaurant.

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    Robert Lauriston RE: good eats Jan 3, 2006 06:57 PM

    Some branches of Costco (I've found them in San Leandro, not in Richmond) have preservative-free uncooked flour tortillas in the refrigerator case. They're made with canola oil rather than lard, but the flavor is excellent.

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      curtis grunsky RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 3, 2006 07:17 PM

      try trader joe's they have some good selections

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        Leikvold RE: curtis grunsky Jan 4, 2006 03:06 PM

        Trader Joes are wonderfully blistered, moist and beady (and freeze well). Slather it up with some whipped honey butter and your'll have my saturday snack.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Leikvold Jan 4, 2006 03:18 PM

          I've never had a tortilla (or tortilla chip) from Trader Joe's that I found satisfactory.

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        Ketan RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 4, 2006 10:15 AM

        The brand at Costco is Tortillaland

        They are $5 for a 36 count pack. Robert is right, absolutely no perservative taste. By far the best tasting tortillas I have found around here.

        Link: http://www.tortillaland.com/

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        john RE: good eats Jan 3, 2006 09:38 PM

        i think mollie stone's has them

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          JojoA RE: good eats Jan 3, 2006 11:59 PM

          Tortilleria Pinto in downtown Vallejo on Sonoma Blvd. basically produces & packages tortillas and fries up corn chips during their operating hours and is open to the public.

          During the farmers market on Saturdays, I've seen people rush in there to pick up some freshly pressed tortillas I'm assuming for their own businesses.

          I picked up a package of newly made tortillas at 5-doz. for $1.75 (granted, these were corn tortillas, and it was more tortillas than I could ever use) but they were good-tasting and still warm several hours after I bought them.

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            Melanie Wong RE: JojoA Jan 4, 2006 12:10 AM

            I like the corn tortillas from Pinto. The tamales are good too. They used to make them on Friday afternoon, so if that's still true, your best bet for getting a fresh out of the steamer sample.

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              JojoA RE: Melanie Wong Jan 4, 2006 09:14 AM

              This place actually what started the tamale interest - I noticed the plain, handwritten "Tamales" sign as I first walked in to check out the place.

              I did have to haul my high school Spanish out to talk with the lone woman working there, but I apparently remembered enough to ask the right questions. They now have tamales Saturday and Sunday mornings, but I just haven't had a chance to get down there to sample them, though.

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            bernalgirl RE: good eats Jan 4, 2006 12:10 AM

            I don't know where you are, but you might try the flour tortillas at La Palma Mexicatessan on 24th in the Mission (SF). Look for the La Palma packaging in the back of the store, at the hot food counter.

            Disclaimer: It's been a couple of years since I tried these myself, but they seem very popular whenever I'm in there.

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              Pius Avocado III RE: good eats Jan 4, 2006 08:45 AM

              La Borinquena in downtown Oakland makes 'em.

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                Niki Rothman RE: good eats Jan 4, 2006 05:18 PM

                There are 3 Latino markets that sell them on the north side 16th. St. between Valencia and Mission.
                The ones I see in these small Mission neighborhood mercados are very fresh, thick, and have no identifying brand label.

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                  joee RE: good eats Jan 4, 2006 10:30 PM

                  Tortillaria El Molino in Concord on Monument.
                  How fresh are they? You can watch them being made.

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