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Fresh Corn Tortillas

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Hi, is there anyplace in northern Virginia between the beltway and arlington courthouse to buy fresh corn tortillas made from masa? I could go to Safeway but those are not great.

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  1. Hmmm... I was about to ask the same question, the lack of any answers may speak volumes. But if anyone knows where to buy freshly made corn tortillas in NOVA, a tip on where they are would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. re: Ziv

      Not sure if anyone else was wondering about this, but I checked and La Union will sell 30 of the thin type of corn tortillas that are used for tacos for around $6. They don't do this very often so it took some asking, but they were clear, they are 'home made' right there at the cafe and you get them the day they are made, so they are super fresh and authentic. They are on Wilson about 1 miles west of Ballston.
      http://www.launionrestaurant.com/cont...

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      La Union Restaurant
      5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

      1. re: Ziv

        I believe La Union uses masa harina, not fresh masa. If you drive to maryland (wheaton or hyattsville, not sure which) youcan buy a 5lb bag of fresh masa from moctec. The question is, can you freeze fresh masa?

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        La Union Restaurant
        5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

        1. re: mt7187

          Do any of NOVA's Mexican/Salvadoran grocery stores/cafes use fresh masa? Would a fairly discriminating palate, albeit not a native tortilla eater, so to speak, be able to tell the difference? Do the places that get raves for their tortillas in California use masa harina?
          I have a feeling the difference will be so slight that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but you never know. I can't imagine that a lot of Mexican Mom's don't use the equivalent of flour for their tortillas, i.e masa harina, but I just don't know enough to say.
          Argghhh... Just when I thought I had an answer, it gets more complicated! LOL

          1. re: Ziv

            Sorry to let this topic die...but to answer your question, I think you would notice a difference. I've heard fresh vs. masa harina described as fresh mashed yukons vs. boxed mashed potatoes....