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...is open now. Stopped in and bought 2 kilos for 6$ cash on Monday.

It is so nice to have these available now. Made nacho chips this afternoon. So good!

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  1. where is this?

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    1. re: John Manzo

      and furthermore, what is this? a grocer? a mexi place that also sells tortillas?

      1. re: John Manzo

        google results: Las Tortillas 2-4100 Marlborough Drive NE
        Calgary, AB T2A 2Z5 (403) 273-3555‎

        no url as far as I can see. HTH :)

        1. re: maplesugar

          ah HAH! Spelling it right was the trick. I'm still working out making these at home. Husband broke the press.

          1. re: sharonanne

            sharonanne I dunno if you're still looking for a replacement press - I just picked up a tortillla press at CFM of all places - Tres Marias sells them for $25.

            1. re: maplesugar

              Thanks, I'll look next time I'm over there.

        2. re: John Manzo

          in the same strip mall as that Roma Pizza I was asking about earlier.

        3. They sell tortillas. As far as I can tell that's it. I was informed they're made fresh on Saturday afternoons, but the ones I got are great. There was no Interact working yet when I was there so it's cash only for now. $6 got me two individually wrapped kilos in one plastic bag.

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          1. re: mcmuffin

            wow. that's a pretty specialized place!

            thanks for sharing, McM.

            1. re: marcopolo

              Can't wait to get over there, I heard it's awesome!

          2. Los Tortillas is wonderful. Believe me, i'm from so cal, and they rival the best in LA.

            1. There seems to be the beginnings of a website
              http://lastortillasinc.com/
              There is a nice little Flash slide show of them making tortillas.
              The content on the site is lacking - no address; no phone number.
              Some of the text trails off with "bla bla bla" so a work in progress.

              1. Thanks for the recommendation, guys. I visited this place last weekend and got a kilo. I live in Edmonton, and I hear there are some places here that sell fresh tortillas, but they would have to be pretty good to beat Las Tortillas.

                They also sell some varieties of refried beans and dried peppers that can be hard to find in the little shop. I picked up some to make tortilla soup and enchilada sauce. There was a sign saying they served some kind of tacos during limited hours, but I was kind of a in a rush and didn't take that close of a look.

                I made tostadas with the first few tortillas: http://kelly.cybr.org/archives/2009/0...

                 
                 
                 
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                1. re: kazzy

                  Great blog!

                2. their website says they make tacos now. has anyone had these? what are the options and prices?

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                  1. re: nonlinear

                    I picked up Tortillas twice now and on both occasions had Tacos. Three bucks a Taco, very authentic flavors. Mild pork for my little one, spicy Barbacoa for me.Camarones is the third option.

                    1. re: worldwidestuff

                      do they have tables to eat in, or is it take out only?

                      thanks

                      1. re: nonlinear

                        It's basically one table with six chairs. While we had our Taco, a lady came in to ordr some to take away.

                  2. Shouldn't it be "Las Tortillas"?

                    Ah yes, already been pointed out, muy bien.

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                    1. re: John Manzo

                      After some searching, it does appear that way.....

                      The tortillas are FANTASTIC, and the tacos there are very delicious. They keep the pork juicy by placing a pineapple at the top of the spit, and it drips down onto the meat.

                      1. re: hornvixen

                        Pineapple and pork..hmmm. I love a good al pastor.

                        1. re: hornvixen

                          all right, that's it, i'm going this weekend for torts and tacos! it's a tough decision cause i'm only about 10 minutes from mi tierra, but gotta check this place out.

                      2. Long time lurker; first time poster.

                        I went here for the first time today. A kilo of tortillas will run you $5.20, and they're very nice. They have pork and barbacoa (shredded beef) tacos every day for $3, shrimp on Fridays and Saturdays, and chicken on Saturdays only.

                        I had the barbacoa and it took a lot of will power to not devour them in the car on the way home. They were jumping with flavour, though a bit small for the $3. I would probably need three of them for a meal. That said, the family that runs the place has 10 kids to support, so let 'em price a bit high.

                        The people behind the counter were also incredibly lovely.

                        And, since Food in East is right next door, you can make a Marlborough day of it...

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                        1. re: nkn

                          "That said, the family that runs the place has 10 kids to support, so let 'em price a bit high." Calgary will never have the cheap taco trucks of somewhere south - first it's too cold, or at least a bit more sporadically cold. And then everything has to be shipped in from somewhere else....if not the tortillas, then the flour, or sauces etc....plus it's the only place you can get this exact thing. Not meaning to sound like I want to pay high prices, but it's a pretty good value, in comparison to flying to LA.

                          Los Tortillas - He has to bring in the flour, and drove the tortilla machinery here himself. Many don't think twice at spending $10 at McD's or similar, but here's $9 (for three...which is real stuff, made by a real person...and will tide you over for a while)....for a local business. A steal of a deal!! (although honestly, I don't even know how it survives at $5.20 a kilo....that's a LOT of tortillas to sell)

                          1. re: hornvixen

                            I went to Las Tortillas for lunch yesterday. I ordered two pork tacos and a bottle of Jarritos Tamarindo soda. For about three minutes, I thought I was somewhere other than Calgary! The tacos were exceptional and the homemade salsa they use is really, really good. I sat by myself at the only table they have (seats six) and watched them churn out tortilla after tortilla. Does anyone know if they only sell to the public? I would hope they have commercial contracts because I agree with hornvixen, I have no idea how they would survive on walk-up traffic alone. With my two tacos, pop and a kilo of tortillas my bill was only $12! I will be back!

                            1. re: hornvixen

                              "Calgary will never have the cheap taco trucks of somewhere south - first it's too cold, or at least a bit more sporadically cold. And then everything has to be shipped in from somewhere else....if not the tortillas, then the flour, or sauces etc....plus it's the only place you can get this exact thing. Not meaning to sound like I want to pay high prices, but it's a pretty good value, in comparison to flying to LA.

                              Los Tortillas - He has to bring in the flour, and drove the tortilla machinery here himself. Many don't think twice at spending $10 at McD's or similar, but here's $9 (for three...which is real stuff, made by a real person...and will tide you over for a while)....for a local business. A steal of a deal!! (although honestly, I don't even know how it survives at $5.20 a kilo....that's a LOT of tortillas to sell)"

                              wrong in so many ways.

                              $3 is expensive for a single taco. the reason we see high prices on mexican food in calgary isn't due to the weather, or transport/import costs, but instead LACK OF COMPETITION, which stems from a relative lack of mexican immigrants.

                              it has nothing to do with being in the north - they have these same 'taco trucks' in seattle and portland for very cheap. and what you call a 'taco truck' is more generally called a taqueria, and is more commonly found in a building - so it could definately exist here in calgary, year-round.

                              it's also not due to costs of transportation or importation. have you ever purchased corn flour? it's cheap as heck. so are dried peppers, and meat can be sourced locally.

                              mcdonalds costs so much because 1) advertising is expensive and 2) all of the food and service products are made in factories and shipped instead of being made on-site.

                              /me puts palm to face.

                              1. re: hornvixen

                                Alberta outputs so much grain product, most of it is exported.

                                If he's importing his flour, he's doing it wrong.

                                1. re: Shazam

                                  Indeed. Funny how the taco experts seem to think that "flour" has anything to do with anything.

                                  1. re: Shazam

                                    I would be suprised if any mills in Alberta are producing the type of flour typically used in tortilla production. Likely the grains (corn or wheat) are shipped south of the border to a mill closer to the major centres of tortilla production.

                                    1. re: graemejw

                                      Typically, corn is mixed with lime water to remove the kernel's skin and then ground. That's the "flour" used.

                                      Of course, there actually are tortillas made with wheat flour.

                                      Whatever the case, hey, if people are willing to pay $3 for a taco, then that's fine. Supply and demand.

                                2. re: nkn

                                  Have any of the people up in arms about the price considered that all fast food costs more in Calgary than the US? I'd say most are 1/3-1/2 as cheap as similar places in Canada, which would only put the prices @ Los Tortillas on the slightly high side. If this amount breaks the bank you can try the tacos at ... and let me know how you like them.

                                3. Someone has to find out. Please ask where they get their 'flour' and report back. Then we can discuss whether it matters.

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                                  1. re: sharonanne

                                    haha, nice.

                                    as manzo and others have said, i don't think the price of corn flour has anything to do with it. i mean shit, a single taco has 2 corn tortillas but they sell a whole kg of tortillas for $5!

                                    but i would be willing bet they use Maseca corn flour imported from mexico. it's the most commonly used brand in north america, and it's cheap. hell, you can buy a huge bag at wal-mart for like $4.

                                    c'mon, the high prices are obviously due to lack of competition.

                                    1. re: nonlinear

                                      I also wonder how retail rents compare.

                                      1. re: nonlinear

                                        Lack of competition may be a reason. However, it is NOT easy or cheap to import any food products into Canada. Hoops and more hoops. They bring in flour from the US, Minsa brand, which is a Mexican company I believe.

                                        Having just eaten excellent .99 Tacos in Vegas, yes, it makes me think about the price. But regardless, Las Tortillas is a great spot and I will go back there.

                                         
                                        1. re: worldwidestuff

                                          Okay, how did you get chips? I didn't even see an option for chips!

                                          1. re: Merry113

                                            My mistake. That image is of the Tacos i had in Vegas

                                      2. re: sharonanne

                                        late getting back to this post ,the flour is Minsa,i stopped in today for some tortillas and tacos.had lengua for the first time(thanks for the language lesson manzo,turned out to be a cool icebreaker.)wasnt bad ,ill order again.i even talked to hes about cebeza.hope thats the right spelling.

                                      3. Finally tried this place today. Yum Yum! I will definitely be back. I had the chicken taco and the pork taco. My friend Erin had the beef and the chicken. We both prefered the one other than the chicken. I see what everyone means about them being a bit pricey. Two for lunch did not leave me "full" but that's probably a good thing. At $6, it's definitely cheaper than many, many other places. I wish they had more of a seating area.

                                        1. Update: We were there on Saturday and the owner is thinking he'll be putting beef tongue on the regular menu and having it available all the time now - not just on the special days he makes it! He also mentioned something about trying beef eyeballs ... I pushed for tripe tacos too, but we'll have to see how the tongue goes I guess!

                                          1. The tacos (pic attached) are delicious. They also have tamales if you are there early enough. They start the tacos at about noon, but they sell out of the tamales fast. I haven't had tamales like this since I lived in TX.

                                             
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                                            1. re: JingJong

                                              Went there last week and had their beef tongue tacos. Very tender, very delicious. Also tried their shrimp tacos (only served Friday & Saturday) and I enjoyed those as well. I love this place...

                                              1. re: DeeDub

                                                What day was their beef tongue tacos? I heard they were making them only on a certain day.

                                                1. re: slingshotz

                                                  Hey Slingshotz, I have been to Las Tortillas a half dozen times and I had no idea they sold beef tongue. The last time I was there was on a Friday afternoon for lunch and another group came in and ordered them. They do not have beef tongue posted as an available item on their wall/menu so you could be right, they might only sell them like they do their shrimp tacos which is Friday/Saturday.

                                            2. everytime I see this post I feel guity because I haven't tried it yet and I can walk there in probably three minutes.....

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                                              1. re: crigg

                                                Give it a shot - I went on the weekend. It's pretty good and the owner is a really friendly guy.
                                                We tried the chicken, beef, and shrimp tacos. Chicken was my personal favourite.

                                                I wouldn't say the food is out of this world - but they're a lot better than what you'll get at most mexican places in town in my opinion.

                                                As for the seating - they've got one table that seats 6-8. Get ready to cozy up to some other customers. Personally, I kind of like it, but can see how it would make some people uncomfortable.

                                                1. re: crigg

                                                  well... if the chickens good, I'm sold! theres a newer indian place where that chinese place was next to it, anyone had?

                                                2. Because of this post I tried the restaurant tonight... the taco I had (pork) was ok... but the tamales (chicken) were amazing! The owner was a super sweet gentleman who was grateful for the business he got and because of that I will go back again and recommend the place. The price was very reasonable ($10 for 2 tamales and 1 taco) and the place is authentic.

                                                  I loved it and am glad I read this post.

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                                                  1. re: foodkarma

                                                    $10 for 2 tamales and a taco? IMO that's an outrageous price. you are far more optimistic than I :)

                                                    i just say that because you can buy an entire bag of tamales for that price.

                                                    1. re: nonlinear

                                                      A bag of tamales for $10 in Calgary AB??? Tell me where and I'm there!!!

                                                      If we were in LA or other parts of US, I'd understanding your claim at outrageousness... but after 7 yrs in this city I've succumbed to paying $40 when I go out for a nice sushi dinner (compared to $20 for better sushi dinners in Vancouver), and yes I do think $10 is a steal here in this city compared to the crappy Taco Time, Taco Bell, Taco Del Mar lunch combos that people pay $10-12 for. This debate though speaks to my post about Regional Food Snobbiness...

                                                      On another note, I went back tonight to buy 12 tamales to bring with me to share with people in Edmonton... the owner suggested I try his beef tongue taco... it was super yummy, juicy, and tender! He has it all the time, doesn't post it, doesn't advertise it because he hasn't had good reviews from Calgarians who are disgusted by the fact that it's tongue. He usually offers it to Mexicans only... however if you ask, he'll make it for you.

                                                      1. re: foodkarma

                                                        It's a shame he's 'hiding' the beef tongue. I love finding it on the menu here in Edmonton. Delish.

                                                        1. re: foodkarma

                                                          This is ridiculous- tell him to call it "lengua" and put it on the damn menu. And I don't buy for a second that he needs to keep it hidden because people are "disgusted." Maybe he's exaggerating, maybe he's ignorant, but anybody who steps inside a taqueria should expect to see tongue on the menu.

                                                          I call shenanigans on your story, because you can see head cheese and tripe and all manner of offal and "disgusting" items all over town with no effort to hide it.

                                                          1. re: John Manzo

                                                            You know John, I thought people wouldn't get freaked out over stuff like that either until I did a nose-to-tail pig dinner. Very, very few people were even willing to converse about how brains were on the menu (or trotters for that matter). It's pretty easy to lose sight of what people used to eating a less diverse diet think of as normal food when we're all about lengua tacos, pig brains and tripe. Hell, a taqueria for all some people care in Calgary is the same as a Taco Bell and they wouldn't be expecting tongue on the menu board.

                                                            Dealing with people who are disgusted with an offering you have at a restaurant is really, really tough because those folks tend to think selfishly and not at all rationally.

                                                            That being said, it's super sad that it's not on the menu. I love tongue!

                                                            1. re: peter.v

                                                              yeah, but this is beef tongue- it's been a sandwich staple for decades. Many of our parents ate tongue sandwiches all the time, so that's why I'm wanting to find out myself what the story is.

                                                              We have offal, pork belly, hell even bull testicles on menus here- Calgarians aren't hicks and neither would they be afraid of tongue.

                                                              1. re: John Manzo

                                                                Some people would, though. I have friends who won't eat anywhere but the keg & red lobster (Ewwww on both).

                                                                I did try the tongue taco (the girl working gave it as one of the options). It was the first time I've had tongue and I honestly didn't like it. I say honestly b/c I ordered a tongue taco & a regular beef taco & told her not to tell me which was which. :)

                                                                1. re: John Manzo

                                                                  "We have offal, pork belly, hell even bull testicles on menus here- Calgarians aren't hicks and neither would they be afraid of tongue."

                                                                  I laugh a bit because bull testicles to me are a true demonstration of farm eating... Since I moved here 7 yrs ago I have never encountered so many issues eating out with acquaintances, coworkers, etc... I find this city to be a lot more "steak and potatoes" than what I was used to... I'm picky about my friends because I like to be around people who like to eat the same way I do... everything... but there are SOOO many picky eaters here.

                                                                  Call Shenanigans all you want but the owner isn't necessarily hiding the tongue, rather not putting it on the menu... I asked him what he had and he told me the 3-4 versions tacos and tamales then said, "Do you eat everything? Have you tried Beef Tongue? I don't put it on the menu because people normally don't like tongue here except for Mexicans." It was one of the best damn tacos I've had. Next time you go, ask for it... I'm sure he'll be glad to give it to you! Happy even! But don't expect it to be posted. I agree with peter v, "Dealing with people who are disgusted with an offering you have at a restaurant is really, really tough because those folks tend to think selfishly and not at all rationally."

                                                                  This is no different than Chinese restaurants here making a very Westernized version of fried noodle (without kidneys, intestines, etc.) unless you are Chinese. I've seen it happen at a couple Chinese restaurants here because when I eat out with my Caucasian friends and we order same dish, it contains organs rather than just the meat when they order the same dish on their own.

                                                                  1. re: foodkarma

                                                                    There are picky eaters everywhere.

                                                              2. re: John Manzo

                                                                they now advertise lengua on there website.as well as tamales

                                                                1. re: howlin

                                                                  Tamales! Time to visit.

                                                                  1. re: worldwidestuff

                                                                    theyre really good too,i buy extras and heat and eat later.

                                                        2. dropped by last week ,tacos(beef)were really good didnt miss the cheese at all.id like to try the tamales but ididnt see them advertised on the board they have.do you have to ask for them or do they advertise when they actually have some made?

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                                                          1. re: howlin

                                                            Everytime I went, he had them. You just need to order them I think.

                                                            1. re: foodkarma

                                                              will do.can you freeze his tortillas as is or mabye there is anouther way?.im picking up a pack on tuesday .just wondering

                                                              1. re: howlin

                                                                I asked him the same question because my bf lives in Edmonton and I wanted to get him some to freeze. The owner seemed really reluctant to let us freeze them. He said it can be done but that the tamales keep in the fridge for a week and best to just be re-steamed.

                                                                Btw I found it best practice to go into the store and just ask, "What do you have available?" He'll tell you. Try the Beef Tongue.... super tender and juicy!

                                                                1. re: foodkarma

                                                                  Tortillas are easy enough to make these days, especially with a few types of masa available, your bf could probably take a decent stab at it foodkarma.

                                                                2. re: howlin

                                                                  i froze half a kilo last time i bought toritillas there. It's possible, but there's definitely some degradation, as the freezer dries them out quite a bit. You then need to steam them back to life, but the ones on the bottom of the pile (or top of the steam) get wrecked (too soggy).

                                                                  1. re: marcopolo

                                                                    mabye frozen with wax paper or something between each one might have better luck.nice tip about the steaming ,thanks.i can eat these all at once so freezing is my only choice.or pehaps drying,hmmm.......

                                                            2. Have bought tortillas her twice now. First time they were great, fresh, kept well in the fridge for several days. Last time they seemed stale, or perhaps the ingredients were not in the proper proportion, as they split into pieces and could not be rolled no matter what was done, nuking, frying, or simply allowing to come to room temp.

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                                                              1. re: Scary Bill

                                                                Come to think of it, I had a similar experience when I purchased a batch a month ago. Very dry... most of them cracked. Even when I wrapped them in tin foil and heated them in the oven, they still split on me. I ended up deep frying them to make chips instead of busting them out for taco night.

                                                              2. Just went. Pretty good little tacos. The tamales are excellent. I bought a bottle of mexican coke it's in the fridge I'm excited to try it and see if I can tell the difference sugar makes to it.

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                                                                1. re: The Gut

                                                                  I think Canadian coke has sugar too... at the very least, I can confirm that US coke tastes different than what I'm used to.

                                                                  1. re: 23skidoo

                                                                    True but then it's /glucose-fructose the Mex coke is not as sweet. Could be nostalgia but seemed like Coca-cola before the new coke fiasco.

                                                                  2. re: The Gut

                                                                    mexican coke uses cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup like in the USA and Canada. you can definitely taste the difference.

                                                                    1. re: nonlinear

                                                                      Coke in Canada doesn't use HFCS, and it's not the same as coke in the USA.

                                                                      1. re: 23skidoo

                                                                        yes it does. see the ingredients list at http://cocacola.ca/productinfo/brands...

                                                                        In Canada, HFCS is listed as "glucose/fructose" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fru...

                                                                        1. re: nonlinear

                                                                          There must be another reason why it tastes different.

                                                                          1. re: 23skidoo

                                                                            yea i dunno, maybe slightly different formulation, water differences, etc.? I think mexican coke is awesome though, and i notice a much bigger difference between mexican and us/canadian coke than i do between us and canadian coke. if you've never had it, you should try it when you get a chance!

                                                                            1. re: nonlinear

                                                                              wow hot topic,almost needs it own post.

                                                                              1. re: howlin

                                                                                I probably wouldn't have noticed if it were not for an article here about Mexican Coke having sugar. Then I looked when I was a LasTortillas and sure enough. So I grabbed one to take home. My wife the coke drinker didn't like it at all but it might have been because she was chewing gum at the time.

                                                                                1. re: The Gut

                                                                                  haha, funny how chewing gum may affect one's coke-drinking experience, eh?

                                                                                  1. re: nonlinear

                                                                                    Still a little off topic but since we are talking HFCS, I stopped in to Las Tortillas on the weekend for my taco fix and I picked up some mexican Nesquik chocolate milk powder. I grew up on this stuff and over the last few years I have only found Nesquik chocolate milk in liquid form. ANYWAYS... it states right on the label that it is sweetened with sugar not HFCS. Long story short, if you have kids (or are a kid at heart) and are looking for that old school powdered chocolate milk mix... Las Tortillas is your place!

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                                                                    Las Tortillas
                                                                    4100 Marlborough Dr NE #2, Calgary, AB T2A 2Z5, CA

                                                                    1. I brought dinner home from Las Tortillas tonight. WOW! I LOVED the shrimp tacos! I'm pretty sure we had the tongue too... but I thought it was pork at the time.

                                                                      This place is fantastic. I can't believe it is only a few blocks from my office and I didn't know it was there!

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                                                                      Las Tortillas
                                                                      4100 Marlborough Dr NE #2, Calgary, AB T2A 2Z5, CA

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                                                                      1. re: jsfoodchat

                                                                        shrimp tacos on a weekday ,nice ,havent been there in awhile ,back then they only had them on sat.chickens my fave there.

                                                                        1. re: howlin

                                                                          I think they have moved beyond offering shrimp only on Saturdays. I have been there 10+ times and have yordered shrimp every time. So good. The challenge I am having is catching them when they are serving their chorizo tacos...