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tortilla chips

I miss -- really, really miss -- the tortilla chips from Rancho Gordo and continue to look for a reasonable substitute. (I'm told the Rancho Gordo chips will return, but it's taking a long while.) The nice woman at the Rancho Gordo stand at the Ferry Bldg mentioned a brand from Marin that might do in the meantime, but I've forgotten the name. I'll find out again next Sat., but thought I would put this to you Chowhounders: What's your favorite chip?

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Rancho Gordo
1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

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  1. I'm not familiar with the Rancho Gordo chips. What style are they? Are the more of a thick, stone-ground chip or a thinner, crisper, restaurant-style chip?

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    Rancho Gordo
    1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

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    1. Have not tried Rancho Gordo, but La Borinqueña in Oakland makes the best chip. It is a thick chip and fried in lard
      http://www.tamalegirl.com/

      1. I haven't had Rancho Gordo's, so I don't know if they're similar, but my favorites are Native Kjalli Foods. They have both thick and thin plus two or three different colors of corn.

        1. A few places for homestyle chips (thick, fresh, a bit greasy and addictive): Tacubaya - there are usually bags on the shelves to the left of the register - or ask for them; Mijita - in the Ferry Bldg. and now at the ballpark, too; Primavera - at the Saturday Berkeley farmer's market.

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          Tacubaya
          1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

          Mijita
          Ferry Bldg Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. Primavera (Ferry Building and Berkeley Farmers Markets on Saturdays, check link for other locations) makes a similar chip--thick, rough-hewn, deep corn flavor. I like them even more than the ones from Rancho Gordo, but they're pricey.

            http://www.primaveratamales.com/index...

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            Rancho Gordo
            1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

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            1. re: dordogne

              Similar, yes, but too expensive (five bucks for a small bag!) and a little too greasy. Needed a tad more salt, as well. Good chips but not as good as Rancho Gordo.

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              Rancho Gordo
              1924 Yajome St, Napa, CA 94559

            2. I thought of another choice, and it is cheap, too. Mi Pueblo Market's house brand is really good.

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              Mi Pueblo Market
              544 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA

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              1. re: foodeye

                A 2nd on Mi Pueblo. I get their tostada by the pack ($2.49/lb). Very tasty and crunchy. You have to break them up to use as chips but you can use them for several things besides just chips.

                Their potato chips are also good and comes with a little packet of Tapito hot sauce.

              2. Casa Sanchez has thick or think, organic, non-organic ...They are available at most Safeway stores in SF. I've also seen them at Whole Foods and they are even cheaper than Primavera (maybe $3.50 for a big bag).

                1. I second the tortilla chips at La Borinquena. . they also make tostada and taco shells. .they are truly delicious!

                  1. I will place a 3rd vote on Mi Pueblo. They make them at the stores. My husband loves them! Has the right amount of salt. Not a lo cal chip, that's for sure