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Apr 14, 2009 01:42 PM

Tortilleria La Talpense, San Fernando - Fantastic!!

I went to a birthday party in Sylmar on Saturday night and they were serving food from Tortilleria La Talpense in San Fernando (north side of Maclay just west of Glenoaks- past a church).
One word: WOW! We had the Carnitas, Chile Verde (pork) and Chile Colorado (beef), rice & beans and some of the best homemade tortillas I have ever had. All of it fantastic. SO fantastic!! I seemed to have missed the beans on the first go-around, but am so glad I noticed them the next one. These are some of the best frijoles I have ever had. Eaten with those tortillas, you will be hard pressed to find a better meal. Okay, I was able to - add some of the Chile Colorado to it and some salsa, a little salt – sheer HEAVEN!
The Chile Colorado has a nice heat to it and the thick brick-red sauce is so flavorful and deep. Just wonderful. Those who cannot tolerate the heat ate the equally-delicious Verde, but the Colorado is definitely my favorite.
On my way home from a funeral yesterday, I decided I would try to find it and was so happy when I did. They close at 8, but let me in – I got there about 8 on the dot. I ended up getting their largest tub of beans ($4), medium salsa ($2) (I had them mix the red and green together), Chile Colorado (small $4, large $8) and a dozen tortillas (still warm - $4). Then I had a delicious Naranja Jugos ($2) for the road. Lupe is the owner and she has been there for 16 years. She is from Jalisco and so sweet. I was singing her praises and she was so modest and humble.
They have won the San Fernando and Olivera Street Menudo competitions a total of 9 times – not too shabby! They only serve Menudo, Birria and Pozole on weekends.
If you are in the area, or even if you are not, this is a place to try. It is kind of hard to find, but once you do the search is worth it. They have a small market with some canned goods and spices and several tables. Nothing fancy, but serviceable and definitely always with a smile! They also have burritos ($3.99-5.99), tacos hard or soft (1.99-2.50), quesadillas (1.99-4.50), tortas (3.50), a la carte items: chile rellenos (2.50), tamales (1.25), sopes (3.50), enchiladas (1.99-2.25); breakfast items, aguas, chicharron, lengua and chorizo. Several combinations with the above-listed items (6.50-8.50). They cater for parties as well.

Tortilleria La Talpense
715 N Maclay Ave
San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 361-9867
Unfortunately, their menu does not indicate their hours and I forgot to look, but I know they are open until 8 on Mondays.

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    1. re: sibaik

      I am not a huge carnitas fan, so I cannot really judge, but everyone was oohing and ahhing over them. They disappeared faster than anything else. There were 10 of us and they ordered those half-chafing dish-sized trays of everything and most of the carnitas was gone when I left.

    2. Sorry, I forgot to mention that they are cash only. They also sell honey there - I just thought that was interesting.

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      1. re: WildSwede

        Did the honey look like it was from a local source or more commercial?

        1. re: Burger Boy

          It was just in jars - I did not see a label on them at all. Looked totally local to me.

      2. Hey Swede.. any idea what part of Jalisco she is from, and whether she offers or would be interested in offering her region's / town's specialties? (There is a long list of Jaliscan specialities nowhere to be found in L.A. that I am always on the hunt for).

        1. I guess the name would imply that she is from Talpa de Allende... if my web based research is not off base.... there isn't much of interest in that remote little corner of Jalisco. Their town website only brags about their Guava Rolls... I get the impression its way overshadowed by nearby Mascota.

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          1. re: Eat_Nopal

            Sorry, Nopal, I really don't know. The menu only listed what I posted above. However, they did have some other items on bits of paper pasted here and there in the restaurant. Maybe something you crave is there? You can always give them a call... how about suggesting she offer some of the items you would be interested in - maybe she will make them!! ;-)

          2. A hearty second to the chile colorado and the home-made tortillas. Absolutely scrumptious-o!!
            Pretty good sized portion of meat there, too. *Burp*