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. :-) ]
Quatro Milpas in Barrio Logan makes (and sells) GREAT fresh flour tortillas. Among the best I've ever had.
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
3245 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
Sorry, I don't have an address for Gilberto's. All I know is that it's in National City...one 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
10370 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92120
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..
1875 Logan Ave
(between Beardsley St & Crosby St)
San Diego, CA 92113
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.
Nearly all supermarket chains in San Diego now carry uncooked flour tortillas, which I highly recommend. Canasta makes canola oil-based and lard-based versions of their flour tortillas. Sometimes they are on the shelves with other tortilla brands, and sometimes they can be found in a refrigeration section.
Thanks for everyone's help. I just made my run and picked up Tortilleria Santa Fe brand from Gonzales' Northgate market in Chula Vista. Those Canasta ones were tempting, but since these are going in the deep freeze back home, I didn't want to risk it if they didn't freeze well. Exactly what I was looking for - simple flour tortillas made with lard and no preservatives.
THANK YOU, S.D. Chowhounders for the help. Miss the friendly faces and amazing food here.
Otay Farms..........flour and corn are equally acceptable........don't forget to separate them upon arrival at home.