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Best SF Horchata?

farmersdaughter Jul 13, 2009 10:24 AM

I am an horchata addict. I prefer a creamier style horchata like I've had in Spain (and have even gone to the Spanish Table in Berkeley who carry a Spanish brand), but would like to see if I can find a good one in SF. Most of the ones I've tried at taquerias in the Mission are just too watery and flavorless. Does anyone have any recommendations for me?

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: farmersdaughter Jul 13, 2009 10:29 AM

    I don't have a specific rec for you, but you may want to check out Salvadoran places, i.e., pupusaserias. Salvadoran horchata includes nuts and is richer in flavor and texture.

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      originalfig RE: farmersdaughter Jul 14, 2009 08:34 PM

      Nopalito usually has an awesome almond horchata available. Super-yummy and, unlike a lot of the other ones around, neither too watery nor too sweet.

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        farmersdaughter RE: originalfig Aug 4, 2009 01:31 PM

        I tried the Nopalito horchata today. I agree that it was very good - definitely better than any Mission area taqueria that I've tried. Definitely not watery with a lot of spice to it, while still very refreshing. It was slightly too sweet for my taste, but not off-putting. I'm looking forward to trying Barlata next.

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        originalfig RE: farmersdaughter Jul 14, 2009 08:34 PM


        306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: farmersdaughter Jul 15, 2009 10:01 AM

          Barlata in Oakland is the only place I know that makes traditional Spanish-style horchata. They have a Spanish machine and use imported chufa nuts rather than substituting almonds.

          4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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            originalfig RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 17, 2009 02:02 PM

            Wow, that is a good tip. I'm going to check it out. Chufa nuts and all, very cool!

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              Robert Lauriston RE: originalfig Aug 4, 2009 01:37 PM

              Call first before making a special trip to Oakland, the machine doesn't always look to be operating.

          2. Mari RE: farmersdaughter Aug 4, 2009 03:24 PM

            Horchatas are almost always disappointing that I never order them anymore or I ask if they are homemade or made from a mix. I had the most delicious horchata at my company cafeteria made with oatmeal. You might try it at home if you have time, but I imagine you just need to soak the oatmeal for a bit, add milk and sugar and blend.

            For Mexican horchata, the best I have had so far was at Tacubaya in Berkeley. I recall that Papalote also had a decent version (e.g. not from a bottled mix like at most taquerias).

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