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Jan 6, 2009 07:41 AM

New Tortilleria opening in Corona

I stumbled over a new place, Tortilleria Nixtamal about a block away from Leo's Latticini (Mama's) in Corona. It's not open yet. I spoke to the owner and she told me that they're waiting for Health Department certification of their Mexican made tortilla machine which is proudly installed in the front window for all to see. They plan to sell tortillas, fresh masa, tamales and drinks when they open up, with a further expansion of the kitchen to a full scale taqueria hopefully just a few months away. The owner seemed to me to be a first or second generation Mexican-American drawing on her heritage to start an artisanal food business. At any rate, the whole thing looks promising. As I am in that neighborhood with some frequency I plan to keep an eye on this place.

Tortilleria Nixtamal
104-05 47th Ave.
Corona, NY 11368
(718) 699-2434

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  1. Wow, that's exciting news. I hope they really mean it with the fresh masa. If it's true, it'll fill a large void in NYC.

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    1. re: E Eto

      Well The spanish side of their announcement card says, "Vendemos masa de nixtamal para tortillas y tamales por pedido"

    2. I am hardly in that neighborhood but will be if they have fresh masa.

      1. Funny I am eathing one of their tamales (picante) right now. And I have some of their tortilla's for my dinner tonight. I am so excited about this place. I've spoken extensively with the owner, Shauna I think, and she really has a great attitude about the business.
        They are going to expand from just tortillas and tamales to a full blown taqueria that will focus on authentic and organic/local ingredients. I work near by so I can't wait for the full buildout to be complete. Plus the owner is really nice with a passionate attitude.

        I think the proximity to Mama's will help too. Lots of foot traffic, and maybe the latino players will order from this place as opposed to Mama's? I hope she makes it.

        The tamale I have just taken a break from is quite good. It is large enough to warrant $2, and more meat than is in most tamales. I also like that the sauce (paste) that the meat is in is actually quite spicy, and has a strong pasilla chile flavor. Not a bland red salsa at all. Yummmm.

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        1. re: SpiceJunkies

          Hours? I will be there asap, who doesn't love a great tamale.

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            I don't know, you'll have to call. I am alsway there are lunch time.

            1. re: stuartlafonda

              The little card that I got from them says "Made hot from 11:30-8:00 every day (except Monday)"

          2. OmG... I am very picky about how much heat i can take but i must say THEIR TAMALES WERE SOOOO GOOD! They have a red one and green... THE RED IS AMAIZINGLY HOTT BUT INCREDIBLE IN FLAVOR! But i must say I will stick to the green one which is just as amaizin in flavor but lighter in heat (yesssssss). And yes they are not your lightly filled tamale... BUT LOADED WITH PORK! absolutely loved it. Cant wait for the chicken variety. Shauna is a great person and is very enthusiastic about what she does. YOU MUST TRY THIS PLACE =)

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            1. re: jcdaizy

              So yes, definitely fresh masa de nixtamal for sale here. Also, posole! You get a hearty bowl of posole, a tamale and a drink for $6 (see attached picture). The tamale is traditional in style, but way meatier and nice and spicy. Shauna is very friendly and she tells me that she's planning tacos al pastor, maybe fresh polenta (!), more seating, and a big screen telly for soccer.

              1. re: corgi

                Al pastor freshly cut off a spit a la shwarma. The best al pastor I ever had, (Chavez Marker in Hayward CA) did their Al pastor that way. I completely forgot that the owner was telling me about this. I not so subtlely suggested topping the spit with a whole pina...just like Chavez. But judging from the tamales they will get it right. Although I enjoy tamales for a cheap, warming lunch they don't wow me like a great al pastor taco can.
                I'm interested to see how the place is put all together. The space still has a not completed vibe, that makes it a little odd for eating in. It feels like an accounting office, but with a tortilla machine and bags of nixmatal on the floor.

                1. re: SpiceJunkies

                  Just to clarify, the tacos al pastor are still in the preparation stage. For now they offer tamales and posole, both of which are really good.

                2. re: corgi

                  Glad to hear they're planning to install more seating; right now, there's a big expanse of awkward, empty space. The fish tacos - three to an order - that I had yesterday had a nice tangy, bite as well as a good, simple flavor. They're a nice snack to down on the run, but I look forward to a nice sit-down at this place soon.

                  1. re: Polecat

                    I was also informed that they're planning a tiki bar on the outdoor patio.

                    1. re: Joe MacBu


                      I look forward to the tiki bar for the warm weather to come, and a hop-skip-jump over to Timmy O's Frozen Custard for dessert.

                      1. re: Polecat

                        Dont forget to stop by empanada cafe nearby too.

              2. Tried this place yesterday and really enjoyed it. I didn't find the spicy pork to be that spicy - it was just right. My favorite was the Italian - a sausage and pepper tamale. It was just a little more moist than the others - probably because of the extra pork fat. The posole was good - my wife liked it more than I did. Went to the forzen custard place down the street afterwards - enjoyed that as well.

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                1. re: jmax

                  I was there Saturday, this place is terrific. The tamale was moist and tasty and I thought the chipotle pork was spicy enough. The thing is very large. For $2 you get one that is 6 inches long, 3 inches wide, 1 inch thick and a weight of 5 1/2 oz. It was full nearly end to end.