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Sep 7, 2011 10:33 PM

SD Expat needs tortillas.

Howdy SD Chowhounders,

I am a SD native who migrated East (I know, I know). Visiting town, leaving Friday.

Flour tortillas where I live stink.* They are mass produced and sit on the shelf forever, even the brands carried at hispanic groceries. When I head back east from SD, I pack my check-through with as many packages of flour tortillas as I can and put them in the deep freezer when I get home.

My question: What brand of tortillas to buy, and where am I going to buy my multiple packages of flour tortillas? I actually prefer to get ones made with lard, if possible. Fire away.


* I actually have learned how to make my own tortillas, both flour and corn. They're pretty damn good, but not as good as SD produced burrito-sized goodness. God, I miss the Mexican food here [ but not the pizza. :-) ]

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  1. Quatro Milpas in Barrio Logan makes (and sells) GREAT fresh flour tortillas. Among the best I've ever had.

    1. Where in SD are you? Gilberto's in the south bay makes great tortillas.

      Tortillaria Lily in City Heights makes fabulous tortillas, but probably better corn than flour.

      For big box markets try Northgate, Vallarta or Pancho Villas

      Pancho Villa's
      3245 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        Thanks for the replies. I am staying in Coronado, but will also be in Kensington. South Bay is not an issue - thanks for the heads up on both Quatro Milpas and Gilberto's. Do you have an address for them? Can't seem to find them online.

        Any further suggestions are welcome! :-)

        1. re: pianoboy

          Sorry, I don't have an address for Gilberto's. All I know is that it's in National of my employees who lived in that area used to bring in their tortillas to work for us. I know they distribute to a few places around town, one being the Farmer's Outlet on Friar's Rd (where it turns into Mission Gorge), across the street from the Black Angus

          Black Angus
          10370 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

      2. Las Cuatro Milpas is underneath the Coronado Bridge...
        I buy the flour tortillas and the kick ass salsa too..
        They are know for their carnitas..
        Enjoy pianoboy!

        1875 Logan Ave
        (between Beardsley St & Crosby St)
        San Diego, CA 92113
        (619) 234-4460

        1. Not sure about the other places, but Northgate had the really giant ones.

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          1. re: JRSD

            +1 Northgate. Great tortillas.

          2. If you'll consider corn (and not burrito sized) tortillas, I can vouch for the amazing tortillas at Menuderia Don Vincente - they're hand made and delicious. The good part is that they sell them as well apart from their restaurant operations.