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Apr 10, 2008 01:06 PM

Newly opened: La Tortillaria

The other day as I walked my pooch through Kensington market I stumbled upon La Tortillaria. It's where It's All Good used to be, behind Toronto Western Hospital. Through the window I could see a large metal machine that suggested they might actually be making their own tortillas!

Today I was at the hospital for an appointment and decided to investigate further. Happy day - it was open!. They opened yesterday, in fact. The tortilla making machine wont be pumping out fresh tortillas until the 22nd, but you can still try any of their taco fillings in a store bought soft corn tortilla. There were about 8 or so varieties of fillings from their hot table.

Having already had lunch, I only sampled a chicken one for $2.50. The chicken was full of flavour, tender and moist. I will say it was not hot enough - both in temprature and spice and I didn't notice their condiments (hot sauce, cilantro and onion) until I was done. I'm sure they would have made a big difference in the spice department, and overall texture/freshness of the taco, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

I was also given samples of their in-house made drinks - Jamaica flower and Orchata. Both tasty, but the grainyness of the orchata takes some getting used to.

Can't wait until the 22nd to give it another go with a proper tortilla!

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  1. Sounds promising - I'd love some great tacos in this city. Can you please be more specific re: location? Thanks.

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      No problem! According to my google search "It's All Good" was at 68 Wales. It's north of Dundas, east of Bathurst - on the corner of Wales and Leonard. It's essentially across the street from the emergency room entrance to the hospital.

      1. re: Delish

        lol- I used to live in that building- it was all apartments at one time..

    2. I was just introduced to jamaica flower last week in mexico. I am already craving some good tortillas and tacos.
      Can't wait.

      1. Is this strictly a restaurant or will they be selling groceries? I've been interested in finding a good fresh corn tortilla supplier. I find the stores in Kensington displaying their tortillas on shelves or out in the sunshine in packages that are clearly marked "Keep Refrigerated" a little suspect.

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        1. re: Googs

          This place definitely sounds interesting. I've been thinking for a long time that Toronto needs a hole-in-the-wall taco stand (not sure if this place fits the description). What other taco varieties do they serve?

          Googs, I got some fresh corn tortillas at Whole Foods. They didn't taste all that great. They had two varieties, so I can't comment on the other brand. It's very easy to make your own. Get the Masa at food basics (at least the one at gerrard square sells it), a chapatti (sp?) press in little india and a cast iron pan. They taste wicked.

          1. re: grandgourmand

            Other varieties.... hmmmm. I recall one that had chrizo, pineapple, some kind of ground meat, potentially pork and/or beef chunks. There is chicken mole on the menu, but they didn't make it yesterday. Also, refried beans, but to me they looked awfully pale to be refried... Sorry to be so vague, I didn't linger too long in there.

            1. re: grandgourmand

              LOVE fresh corn tortillas! Are they that easy to make? What do you add to the Masa? I know... I know .... this is a recipe question and it will be banished - so just reply really quickly O.K.?

              1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                I've purchased masa before at Rube's Rice in the St. Lawrence Market. They sell it in bulk there. You need only mix it with water, roll it into balls, then flatten it with a press (or in my case, a heavy pot). Do a google for various instructions on masa to water ratios, techniques, etc... lots of info out there.

                I too find that most of the tortillas sold in Toronto, even when good brands, have come a long way and often been frozen -- by the time I try to heat them up, they're like cardboard :(

                  1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                    Just a quick note to KitchenVoodoo..
                    Maseca, water and lard. Maseca available in Kensington at Perola and I saw it at my local No Frills (Carlaw). Easy, easy to make and a million times better than packaged ones from anywhere.

                    There was a rumour of fresh masa in Toronto a few months ago but I never found it.

                    And I'm THRILLED to have a tortilla maker in Toronto. Visions of Mexico, can't wait !

                    1. re: Mila

                      And a pinch of salt. I forgot it once and really noticed a difference. Haven't used lard, though. Anyhow, this will probably get bumped to the recipes section...

                      Chicken mole...I'll go check it out this weekend.

                1. re: Googs

                  I didn't ask, but I don't think they'll be stocking groceries. It's pretty small. They will definitely be selling fresh tortillas and fresh nacho chips.

                  1. re: Delish

                    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

                    All I can say is, it's about time.

                  1. re: acd123

                    68 Wales. It's at the corner of Wales and Leonard. Just north of Dundas, East of Bathurst/the hospital - across from the ER entrance.

                    1. re: Delish

                      Any updates here? In house tortillas?

                      1. re: dlw88

                        Haven't had a chance to get back there yet... Hopefully next week.

                  2. This sounds like my Friday lunch plans are now a scouting mission.

                    Does anyone have any reco's if they've been there??


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      I really wanted to check this out since I was in Puerto Vallarta over New Years and loved the street tacos. I must say I was a bit dissapointed because as the previous poster said the meat was not overly warm. It felt like it had been sitting there for awhile because it was a tad on the mushy side. I tried a mole, chorizo and two chicken tacos (it was for dinner). They were out of the pork tacos. I'd say my favourite was the mole but I won't be racing back.......

                      1. re: Davwud

                        I went last night for dinner, and felt like there was some promise but that they're still not over their opening kinks (let's hope that's what they are). The staff is friendly and I liked the atmosphere. I got there at about 6:30 I think? and the food was-- as others have mentioned-- not warm enough, and some items were pretty dried out (especially the ground beef). They were out of salsa (they'd broken the blender making horchata!), which is a reason to go back for another try-- maybe when foot traffic picks up in the neighbourhood and I suspect the food will be a little less left-overy. I thought the mole was really good-- the guy there said they were unhappy with any of the moles you can get in Canada so they import it from Mexico (so not home-made, but still tasty). The tortillas are now fresh-made and you can tell. I've never been to Mexico but I spent some time in Panama and it reminded me of being there. Maybe it was the dancehall music playing :-)