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best corn tortillas in the Mission?

Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2011 10:07 AM

I need some tortillas for tomorrow and will be in the Mission so that seems like a logical place to buy them. Whose are the best? I'm on BART so within 10-15 blocks of the 16th or 24th station.

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    vulber RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2011 10:15 AM

    definitely La Palma

    make sure you get a snack for yourself when you're there; the tamales are incredible

    1. mariacarmen RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2011 11:45 AM

      I had breakfast at Palacio Latino, a Guatamalan restaurant, last week, and had the best homemade tortillas (not to mention the breakfast itself - longaniza and eggs). i don't know for a fact if you can order them in volume, but you could ask. they were really special.

      2240 Mission St, San Francisco CA94110
      (Btwn 18th & 19th St


      Palacio Latino Restaurant
      5925 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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        jjeffjayhawk RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2011 02:55 PM

        Not sure where they get them, but Weird Fish has the best tortillas I've ever had.

        Weird Fish
        2193 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2011 03:56 PM

          If you feel like doing a taste comparison. La Espiga de Oro is a stone's throw from La Palma. I've not tried the tortillas yet but have eyed the gorditas sitting on the counter. Another poster mentioned that La makes its own nixtamal.

          La Palma Mexicatessen
          2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          La Espiga de Oro Tamaleria
          2916 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            srr RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 15, 2011 05:36 PM

            La Palma has their regular tortillas, which are delicious, and also some hand-made ones that are usually on the back counter. Awesome tortillas. A little more expensive, but still really cheap.

            La Palma Mexicatessen
            2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              boris_qd RE: srr Jan 17, 2011 10:38 AM

              Are there stores that sell La Palma tortillas? Say something closer to the northern edge of the Mission?

              Down that way most of the corner stores seem to sell thick handmade corn tortillas - anybody know where they're coming from?

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                mariacarmen RE: boris_qd Jan 17, 2011 06:53 PM

                i assumed they were homemade by someone local who the store buys from, but i could be wrong....

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                  David Farris RE: boris_qd Jan 31, 2011 09:28 PM

                  though they're enticing, i've never liked those ubiquitous handmade tortillas at the corner markets.

                  (at least) one of those markets had bunches of jars of homemade pickled vegetables from somewhere or other; caribbean, perhaps? about $4/tub. at the time, i did not wish to carry pickled vegetables in containers of dubious durability in my backpack while bicycling, but i was curious. anyone know them?

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                    rworange RE: boris_qd Feb 7, 2011 06:31 AM

                    Do the thick tortillas come in a clear plastic bag with a gold seal? If so, I cal search and find the name.

                    If Robert is getting tortillas, I'd go for those made at La Palma rather than a store that might sell them. Freshness counts in tortillas.

                    If you are going to go the Guatemalan routhe of Palacio Latinn, you might see if Universal Bakery sells them. Suprisingly, twice I've heard a good mention of Universal by Gautemalns here. Once in a blog and once by someone I was talking to in Antigua and had been to SF. They also mentioned Universal.

                    As I said, I don't know if they have tortillas, but I can vouch for their pan Frances which are the ubiquitous rolls eaten daily in Guatemala. It is the first Guatemalan thing I ate back in the late 90's and I fell in love with them. I can still remember them and if they haven't changed, they stand up to the best I've had in Guatemala.

                    Edit: Eh, didn't notice this was from January. Where'd you buy the tortillas, Robert?

                    Universal Bakery
                    3458 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

                    1. re: rworange
                      Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Feb 7, 2011 05:22 PM

                      I ended up going to La Palma. I was nearby and the tortillas had just been (were still being) made.

                      These were for enchiladas, so the thick ones would have been totally wrong.

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