Absurdly small tortillas at Palo Santo
- oolah Mar 17, 2008 09:48 PM
Does anyone else think serving tortillas that are 2 inches in diameter is pretentious and annoying? What do you do with a tortilla that small? They were too small to fold anything into and difficult to pick up once you put anything on them. The flavor was good, but I was really irritated by the size.
The rest of the food here was pretty good. This is a nice solid neighborhood place with reasonable prices and well-seasoned and interesting dishes. My absolute favorite part of the meal was a delicious semolina and blood orange cake -- not too sweet and just wonderfully subtle. If only they'd make those tortillas bigger...
Some intrepid posters responded here earlier and mentioned that the tortillas actually are this size in some parts of Mexico. I have no idea why those posts were removed, but thanks for letting me know -- I didn't know and thought the mini-tortillas were some kind of haute cuisine affectation.
I guess I just prefer mine a little bigger, so you can wrap them around something. At 2 inches, they were difficult to "use".
I've never had these, but: tortilla size is one of the major gripes of all of my LA friends about NY tacos. We usually use big tortillas and try to fit so much in them. A taco the way you get it off a taco truck in Los Angeles is a small tortilla with meat, onions, cilantro, and hot sauce / salsa. There's something to be said for that small perfection, and even the best tacos I've had in NY aren't like that in their physical construction.
re: ramen girl
It was an appetizer, labeled "tortillas" on the menu. It was a small stack of maybe 6 tortillas, each literally 2 inches in diameter. I'm not exaggerating. Nothing more.
We also ordered an avocado appetizer (a separate order) that we hoped to put on the tortillas, but our attempts were unsuccessful. At 2 inches, they were too small to do anything with except just eat plain, which was ok, but not ideal. There's no way you could have stuffed these with anything more than a quarter teaspoon of anything (definitely not meat, cilantro, onions and salsa). That was annoying.
My idea is that smaller tortillas cook faster so they can get you more in a timely manner (or that's just the theory... it took 20 minutes for a plate of tortillas last time I was there.) Also, the size might be for dining reason as well. My wife is Mexican and when we eat with her family, there's always a pile of tortilla at the table. It's usually the store bought type, since everyone in her family works and there's little time to prepare fresh tortillas. I noticed at my first meal that they use tortillas as a utensil. They tear it into quarters, fold the pointed end (center piece) in, and grab the meat, rice and beans into the tortilla. I'm guessing this is easier done with a small 2-inch tortilla without all the tearing.
Those are just my two theories. At least Palo Santo's tortillas are homemade and pretty darn good, no matter what the size.