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Best Tortillas in OC?

vlad Dec 2, 2007 03:07 PM

Hi there,

I am looking for a place that I can buy, preferably handmade, tortillas in Orange County so that I can take those bad boys home and make tacos and quesadillas at my leisure.

All recs welcome.


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    cdmedici RE: vlad Dec 2, 2007 03:48 PM


    El Toro Bravo Tortilleria, 745 W 19th St Ste G, Costa Mesa, CA

    They make some damn good tacos there as well.

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    1. re: cdmedici
      bubbles4me RE: cdmedici Dec 2, 2007 03:57 PM

      Ranchito Market on Springdale and Westminster in Huntington Beach...they are awesome! You can also get some of the best carnitas in their prepared food area...along with GIANT sheets of lovely fried pork skin...drooling

    2. emily RE: vlad Dec 2, 2007 04:00 PM

      I haven't seen handmade tortillas around (meaning hand-patted, right?), but I really like the ones at El Gallo Giro. Better than El Toro Bravo and the brands available fresh at Gonzalez Northgate.

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        Professor Salt RE: emily Dec 2, 2007 04:11 PM

        I give the edge to El Gallo Giro's tortillas', too. They have a faintly corn-sweet flavor to them that I find just right.

        cdmedici's pick is also good. El Toro Bravo is my standard bearer for good tacos, and the meats are unsurpassed. But I make the trip to El Gallo Giro when I want tortillas to take home to make my own tacos

        Hand patted tortillas are rare outside the few restaurants that make them for their own tacos. It's hard for a tortilleria to keep up with commercial demand unless they use a machine.

        El Toro Bravo Tortilleria
        739 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

        El Gallo Giro
        1442 S Bristol St Ste 1A, Santa Ana, CA 92704

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        mikester RE: vlad Dec 3, 2007 08:49 AM

        Not handmade, but quite good and very fresh, from El Metate on First Street in Santa Ana. I bought a package of them (3 dozen corn tortillas) last night that were still warm and steamy. They were nice and soft and had a good masa flavor.

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        1. re: mikester
          FoodieKat RE: mikester Jan 19, 2008 12:55 PM

          El Metate's corn tortillas are good, but I found their flour tortillas to be tasteless, and they go stale too quickly. Nowhere near fresh-tasting.

        2. FoodieKat RE: vlad Jan 19, 2008 12:59 PM

          I have in search for something like this too, like the Mexican market I used to shop at in Chicago where the viejitas were standing outside making tortillas by hand.

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            Das Ubergeek RE: FoodieKat Jan 19, 2008 03:42 PM

            Do what all my neighbours do -- buy the masa at Northgate and make them yourself. :)

            The real hardcore ones buy the nixtamal and grind it themselves, but there's a limit.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek
              FoodieKat RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 23, 2008 10:46 PM

              Lol, indeed. I do make my own tortillas from time to time (not so hardcore as to make them with the nixtamal mind you), but suffer most of the time from incurable laziness. Guess I'd better get the comal out though, huh? ;-)

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