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Tortillas Hechas a Mano and Tortillas Made On-Site

carter4133 Nov 4, 2010 08:48 AM

seeing demigod's excellent taco thread reminded me to post someting that I have been meaning to post for quite some time. I'm trying to compile a comprehensive list of taquerias and mexican restaurants that either make tortillas by hand or make tortillas on site. Can someone help me out? Thanks in advance.

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  1. PseudoNic RE: carter4133 Nov 4, 2010 11:00 PM

    I'd love to help out. Just let me know what you want me to do. I know of a few places that make their own tortillas already, but am always looking to find out some more.

    1. LewisvilleHounder RE: carter4133 Nov 5, 2010 11:05 AM

      You have to choose you poison which is more important to you the tortilla or the meat. For the tortilla try any tortilleria in the metroplex and most will have much better tortillas but the meats are not so good. As for the taqueria they are going to shift their focus on to solely the meat and use bagged tortillas. Having said that I think a solid recommendation for a good corn tortilla taco would be at any of the local La Sabrocita tortillerias. Most of them have the chivo which is actually a full grown goat instead of cabrito. Chivo has a less gamey flavor than cabrito when done correctly. Living in Lewisville I only know of two La Sabrocita's: one in Denton on Dallas Dr. and one in Carrollton on Josey (but someone recently told me they might have move up to Belt Line). I know there is also a pretty good tortilleria, La Nueva Fresh & Hot, around the Webb Chapel, Lombardy and Webb Chapel Ext merge close to Bachman Lake.


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        LewisvilleHounder RE: LewisvilleHounder Nov 6, 2010 07:58 PM

        I just wanted to clarify that both the places listed above make tortillas by machine but they are made on site. The only places I know that make their tortillas by hand is Chitos in Plano, Taqueria El Fuego in Richardson (both of which make corn) and Gonzalez on Jefferson and Scyene (Pleasant Grove) make flour by hand.

        El Fuego
        1891 N Plano Rd, Richardson, TX 75081

        Chitos Restaurant
        301 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75023

      2. DallasDude RE: carter4133 Nov 8, 2010 06:07 PM

        Lunas makes both hand made and machine made tortillas.

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          LewisvilleHounder RE: DallasDude Nov 10, 2010 04:52 AM

          I forget about Lunas because I am still protesting their move for the AAC and Victory Park project....swindlers.

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          carter4133 RE: carter4133 Nov 29, 2010 07:40 AM

          so far we have:

          el fuego
          gonzalez (flour only)

          I believe cuquita's does hand-made corn. or maybe they are machine made. can anyone confirm?

          considering the mexican-american population in DFW, you would think this list would be much longer.

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            DallasDude RE: carter4133 Dec 25, 2010 11:54 AM

            Cuquitos makes everything from scratch including their corn tortillas.

          2. twinwillow RE: carter4133 Nov 29, 2010 02:14 PM

            Saturday, our little band of taco eaters visited what is in my opinion, the best tortilleria I've experienced in Dallas, by far.
            Tortilleria Tuzantla. At 2614 So. Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff. Directly across the street From Wingfield's Burgers. All the paper thin (flour) tortillas are made right in front of you. They also serve the best barbacoa tacos I've ever had. And, they do incredible tamales, as well. Pork, chicken, or cheese.
            Their tortillas literally melt in your mouth. All the cooked food is made from scratch by, "mama". Try this place and tell us what you think. There are no tables but the counter is long and the whole place is spotlessly clean.

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              gavlist RE: twinwillow Nov 30, 2010 12:00 PM

              tacos are only available on Saturday and Sunday. Tortillas only (I forgot to ask about tamales) during the week.

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                twinwillow RE: gavlist Nov 30, 2010 02:50 PM

                I'm glad we were there on a Saturday.

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                gavlist RE: twinwillow Dec 12, 2010 01:24 PM

                I was under-impressed with the flour tortillas yesterday... but everything else was great! The barbacoa was really interesting - saucy, almost like carne guisada, rich and beefy. Carnitas were good too, and I liked the corn tortillas, even if machine-made. I also took home two each of the tamales (beef and chicken). Chicken were outstanding - light and fluffy, moist but not greasy, and with just the right spicy kick. The beef were good too, but didn't have the same impact as the chicken. Thanks for the rec.

              3. twinwillow RE: carter4133 Nov 29, 2010 06:59 PM

                Reference my above comment: My friend Andrew took this video on Saturday for a thread in the D Magazine "SideDish" blog. Too bad he didn't shoot the barbacoa tacos and incredible tamales.

                1. twinwillow RE: carter4133 Nov 30, 2010 02:53 PM

                  There is a video by Andrew Chalk posted on D's SideDish blog about our visit.

                  1. DallasDude RE: carter4133 Dec 1, 2010 08:45 AM

                    Jack Perkins at Maple & Motor is now making his own torts for his breakfast tacos M-F.

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                      twinwillow RE: DallasDude Dec 1, 2010 02:27 PM

                      He can keep them as far as I'm concerned. I'll never walk into M&M again. Too many other good burgers in Dallas to eat not served by an egotistical jerk.

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                        DallasDude RE: twinwillow Dec 13, 2010 10:23 AM

                        Since when did the food become about the person? Historically there have been many odd fellows serving awesome cuisine but we endure it to have the soup, the burger or the chili.

                        And to point, Jack seems perfectly affable unless you disregard a rule for the packed restaurant.

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                          twinwillow RE: DallasDude Dec 13, 2010 02:33 PM

                          The "Soup Nazi" was affable too. Unless you broke HIS rules!

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                      texaspeppers RE: carter4133 Dec 18, 2010 02:59 AM

                      Anyone willing to make the same tortilleria, taqueria recommendations for Fort Worth??

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                        carter4133 RE: carter4133 Jan 12, 2011 07:32 AM

                        thanks for refreshing my memory on cuquita's -- that's right, handmade corn and flour. I confirmed last week that Perkins is indeed making his own flour tortillas for his breakfast tacos at Maple & Motor (and a fair price at $2 each in my opinion).

                        I have another to add that I discovered recently: Margarita's Restaurant @ 2414 Fitzhugh makes both corn and flour by hand. Wasn't overly impressed with either the corn or flour but did like the fact that the handmade tortillas were featured in all dishes, including the excellent tacos dorados (maybe the best I've had in Dallas). otherwise, the menu was hit or miss.

                        updated list (surely we can do better than this):
                        el fuego
                        gonzalez (flour only)
                        maple & motor (breakfast only; flour only)
                        margarita's restaurant

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