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Mar 7, 2010 10:53 AM

Fresh tortillas in Durham

I'm a big fan of the fresh tortillas from Superior on Roxboro Rd. but it's a ways from my house. Are there fresh tortillas elsewhere in Durham? Any in the Lakewood, South Square, Woodcroft area?

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  1. I really like Miss Tortilla out on 98. Their tortillas are excellent as are the other items like carnitas they sell.

    I don't know the neighborhoods you're talking about. Keep your eyes open for signs that say 'tortilleria', which means tortilla factory. I believe it's best to get them right off the conveyor belt and to get them the day you're serving them as close to serving time as is practical.

    1. do you mean like a rack of them to take home? or just fresh tortillas for your taco? El Buen Sabor near South Square makes fresh handmade tortillas to order for your tacos.

      i also love the tortillas from Superior...but they are right up the street from me so yay!

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      1. re: TSQ75

        Take home for use with food we cook at home.

        1. re: boaviagem

          La Vaquita on Chapel Hill Rd will make them to order if you call ahead, takes only about 15 minutes.

          1. re: pheebs

            Second this. They make 'em hot and fresh for you, and so good that it's hard to resist eating them plain.

            1. re: statolith

              Just searched and found a fresh tortilla connection in my current home of Carrboro. It's located in the same complex as Amoco station on Jones Ferry. The sign says Tienda, Carnercia, and something else. I had to ask if they had fresh corn tortillas and was rewarded with a pile of smallish discs, still warm to the touch.

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                Tom, Don Jose has been selling fresh tortillas in Carrboro for years!

                1. re: bbqme

                  Didn't Don Jose's change hands? My last Mel there was mediocre.

                  1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                    Don't know about ownership and wasn't crazy about their food but they are one of the first in the area to make fresh tortillas, even before the Durham joints.

      2. For fresh corn tortillas on the weekend, check out Tienda Y Carniceria "La Marqueta", 4701 Hillsborough Rd in Durham NC. Its on the corner of Sparger Rd. and Hillsborough Rd. They keep them warm in a big insulated cooler and sell them by the pound.

        1. Just made is always better but does anybody know which places are using fresh ground masa and which are just using Maseca/reconstituted masa?

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          1. re: LBD

            I'd be shocked-- but pleasantly surprised-- if anybody did that.

            1. re: bbqme

              I know for certain that Salamandra in Durham is using fresh ground masa to make their tortillas. Their tortillas are a little thicker and a little more yellow in color than what you might be used to, but they're really good.

              Also, a recent issue of the Indy had a story about Tonali and the article mentioned the owners making their own masa in house.


              1. re: ToothTooth

                I meant places that sell tortillas in bulk.

          2. Pahuatlan across from Compare is a little bit closer to you and has good fresh tortillas for $1/lb.