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Apr 19, 2009 09:01 AM

Fresh Tortillas?

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to figure out where I can get still-warm corn tortillas. I think Cinco De Mayo are good, but I'm looking for something where I can be pretty sure they're same day. Any thoughts?



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  1. According to an older thread on the board, Cinco de Mayo at least used to sell their tortillas fresh at the place in Chelsea where they're made. Anyone know if they're still doing that?

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Not in Chelsea, I believe they are now made in Lynn and no idea where the factory is (galangatron or someone might know). I do believe the same family has a bar/small nightclub in Lynn but would have to call around to figure out which one.

      You can get warm cinco de mayo tortillas daily at Market Basket Chelsea and quite often at the Somerville location too (aromatherapy might know some days they get deliveries or brave the weekend). I usually find them between 9-10. If you buy them on a Saturday pretty good bet they are same day. In fact Market Basket is helpful over the phone, so might even try to find out for you when deliveries are expected.

      1. re: itaunas

        supposedly they opened a tortilleria somewhere in lynn while awaiting construction of the new and improved cinco de mayo restaurant in chelsea

      2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        They're not warm, but the new Indian market in Waltham on Moody Street sells Cinco de Mayo tortillas and gorditas - better then the brands available at Shaw's and other local stores.

      3. I think Angela has them this weekend - Call ahead to check, if you can get there before 3 (Sunday hours).

        1. Happy Thanksgiving, foodies.

          Good news with the opening of a new business, Sol of Mexico, 538 Pleasant St., Worcester. It's a dream come true for owner Emma Acevedo of Worcester, who was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for 20 years.

          Her "tortilleria," which opened about a month ago, sells corn tortillas made fresh daily. Nothing else. Don't go to the place and expect to sit down and order Mexican food. It's not a restaurant.

          What you will get is a package of 15 warm corn tortillas for $1. A ...

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          1. re: trufflehound

            Great news for those who live in Worcester. Of less use to folks who don't want to drive an hour for tortillas.

            1. re: trufflehound

              I had to be in Worcester today and got three serving od warm torillas. Bring a cooler to try to keep them warm. They were delicious. While I'm not in the area often I'll be sure to visit Ms. Acevedo when I am.

              1. re: trufflehound

                If they're good, I'll make the drive! Worth it if it means avoiding the cardboard supermarket ones available otherwise!

                1. re: jennkay36

                  The tortillas are good! Also, since trufflehound's post from over a year ago, this place has expanded to offer food offerings. They serve tacos, burritos, and I think some enchiladas. I had some fish tacos which were very very good. Fish breading was a little too salty, but the toppings and and sauce were outstanding. Also with fresh guac and salsa sold to go. Definitely worth giving it a try.

                  1. re: Framinghound

                    Does anyone know if she uses fresh masa a la Tortillieria Nixtamal in NYC?


                    1. re: sqboo

                      Fresh Masa is WAY BETTER than Masa Harina. But any "tortilleria" worth their er lard would NOT use Masa Harina.

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        I agree! Maybe I'll have to take a drive out there and find out.

                        You'd think there'd be somewhere in Lawrence making fresh tortillas, but I haven't found it yet.

                  2. re: jennkay36

                    i have no idea if this old thread is being looked at by those who originally asked the question, but>>

                    La Verdad by Fenway and Tacos Lupita by Porter Sq.- both make fresh corn tortillas daily.(btw they freeze well if double wrapped) At La Verdad, if the tortilla maker is there (she usually leaves around 4pm)she will also happily make you thicker gorditas. At Tacos Lupita they have a press in the kitchen that the chefs themselves use, so i think you can always get them there. and they also do a thicker version if you want. Aside from these, the corn tortillas at TrJoes are excellent and superior to those at Whole Foods imo.

                    Aguacate Verde
                    13 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02143

                    La Verdad
                    1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      That's really good to know, thanks. So you can just buy a stack of tortillas from these places?

                      1. re: maillard

                        i guess if i were swarmy, i wld answ u this way. ho ho ho. But i won't.

                        Yes, sure. I have simply asked while I was eating at each of those places and they have happily obliged.I'm not saying they get other requests, but they had no problem with it. I don't know how you like to use yours, but for the corn tortillas, you might want to try putting them over any old wire rack set over a gas burner at medium (and try to really keep your eyes on them; i have carbonized many a tortilla). I do 2 at a time,and keep them wrapped in a towel to try to conserve heat (not terrifically successful, sigh). For the thicker ones, you might want to fry them a bit in oil or bacon fat. I also regularly buy containers of the fillings i like (Montechristo in East Somerville has really excellent carne asada [ in addition to their revuelta pupusas which are my Jones and which also freeze well and get sauteed/pressed by me before eating]).I'm sure you could buy fillings/sauces/components anywhere. They might be surprised ,but just show them w/ your hands what size container/amount you want and they'll be pleased to oblige i'm sure.

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          Ha! I appreciate that you didn't. :)

                          That's good to know. I'm looking for tortillas to use with homemade carnitas, carne asada, etc. I might just buy a tortilla press, but if not, it's good to know what other options there are!

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