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Misty71241 Nov 14, 2011 01:46 PM

Are there any hispanic grocery stores in Birmingham that sell Masa (prepared cornmeal) for tamales?

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    Getinmymouth Dec 20, 2011 08:24 PM

    El Mercado is in a strip close to The Salvation Army. The grocery next to Harbor Freight/Office Depot is Britos.
    My recommendation is Los Pueblos, opposite McDonalds on Greensprings, directly next to the fishmongers. All the local workers eat there, and the food is cheap and delicious. I swing by for great deals on fruits, peppers and masa.

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      bryantuga Nov 15, 2011 03:02 PM

      The Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont also has masa and a variety of other Mexican ingredients.

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        Dax Nov 16, 2011 06:47 AM

        That is the closest pig to me. Their Latin options are excellent and love the variety of spices for next to nothing in cost. They may not be penzey's fresh/powerful, but they work in a pinch.

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        G200 Nov 15, 2011 05:26 AM

        I DARE YOU to go on a Saturday or Sunday morning and try to walk out without buying tamales, carnitas, or something else from the back. I've never been able to sustain the willpower to do so.

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          Dax Nov 15, 2011 08:42 AM

          their salsa picante, some of which they will give you when you buy carnitas, is also awesome.

          You can always buy the dried/powdered versions and re-constitute. We keep some just in case!

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            Big Daddy Nov 15, 2011 02:33 PM

            Not to mention the pork in tomatillo sauce, house-made corn tortillas and chicharones at the El Mercado. Mmmmmmmm.

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              Ms. Finiky Nov 19, 2011 04:25 PM

              Is El Mercado different than the Brito's Supermarket? If so where exactly is El Mercado?

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                bovinekid Nov 20, 2011 08:12 AM

                Brito's is way down 119 in Alabaster. El Mercado is on Lorna Road in Hoover in the Plaza Fiesta shopping center along with Iguana Grill.

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                  Ms. Finiky Nov 20, 2011 08:51 AM

                  I'm going by what Big Daddy wrote at the top of this thread: "Try El Mercado up on the hill at the corner of West Valley and Green Springs. They make tortillas in-house and I'm sure they'd sell some masa."

                  There is a Brito's up on the hill at the corner of West Valley and Green Springs and I wondered if that was the same store Big Daddy was talking about.

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                    G200 Nov 20, 2011 03:43 PM

                    There are two El Mercados. One on Lorna and the other on Greensprings. I don't know where Brito's is - never heard of it. The El Mercado on Greensprings is in that shopping center on the west side of Greensprings and south of Valley. I believe there is a Radio Shack, a Mexican restaurant, and maybe a Tuesday Morning in the same center. The two El Mercados are essentially the same, although the one in Hoover is a newer store.

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                      Ms. Finiky Nov 20, 2011 03:52 PM

                      The Britos is near Harbor Freight.

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                        Dax Nov 21, 2011 07:56 AM

                        The Greensprings Mercado is like 1-2 doors down from Sabor Latino.

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                        Sabor Latino Restaurant
                        112 Green Springs Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35209

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                          Ms. Finiky Nov 21, 2011 10:02 AM

                          So is the Britos, Dax. I think they are the same place.

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                            Big Daddy Nov 22, 2011 06:55 AM

                            I need to go check this out. El Mercado is an institution and its owner is a major player among Hispanic business owners. I hope he hasn't had to sell it.

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                      bovinekid Nov 20, 2011 05:31 PM

                      Oh, my bad. I just thought of the Lorna one first because that's where the Mexicans I work with used to get carnitas to bring to work all the time. I actually never heard of Brito's; I just googled it and it gave me the Alabaster one.

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                        Big Daddy Nov 21, 2011 06:51 AM

                        The El Mercado off Green Springs is where the tortillas are made. Last time I checked (and it's beenmore than a year), Lorna Road only sold tortillas (from the other store), and didn't make them.

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              Big Daddy Nov 14, 2011 03:50 PM

              Try El Mercado up on the hill at the corner of West Valley and Green Springs. They make tortillas in-house and I'm sure they'd sell some masa.

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                Misty71241 Nov 15, 2011 05:47 AM

                Thank you so much.

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