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Best Tortilla Chips in East Bay

Barb S Jul 2, 2012 12:17 PM

I'm bringing guacamole to a party this week, and need to figure out where to buy the best chips (store or restaurant). The only catch is that I'd like to limit my search to Oakland and Berkeley. Any ideas?
I'm looking for a texture between too thick and too thin. Have never made my own, but with guests visiting this week, I'm looking for an easier alternative.

  1. Ruth Lafler Jul 2, 2012 12:28 PM

    The housemade chips at Mi Pueblo Food Center (on High Street) are quite good and even come in different flavors (they make flavored tortillas, and then presumably make the day-old ones into chips). The different colors make a pretty presentation, too.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      gordon wing Jul 2, 2012 06:03 PM

      I like La Finca in East Oakland on Foothill Blvd.- good chips.

      1. re: gordon wing
        bbulkow Jul 3, 2012 09:44 PM

        My round-the-corner market sells La Finca, and uses La Finca for their tacos and burritos. La Finca is _cheap_ and _good_.

      2. re: Ruth Lafler
        ML8000 Jul 3, 2012 01:29 PM

        I have not had the multi-color chips from MPFC but the regular ones are excellent. The only downer is they use (last checked 2 years ago) transfat but what the heck, unless you eat them daily it's not that big of an issue.

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        sundeck sue Jul 2, 2012 10:35 PM

        It's a place about which there's good reason for ambivalence, but Picante (6th off Gilman) makes a good chip.

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        1. re: sundeck sue
          ...tm... Jul 3, 2012 12:27 AM

          Agreed--I'm not a big fan of Picante's tacos, etc, but their chips are freshly fried and quite good, likely one of the best solutions in the Berkeley area.
          I also really like La Finca chips (and tortillas) though didn't realize they had a retail location. I pick up their chips, tortillas, and masa at Mi Ranchito and Mi Tierra on San Pablo. These are probably my favorite packaged commercial chips--somewhat thinner than the fried old tortillas style of the other chips I mention.
          If anyone finds this thread looking for the best chips in the East Bay, not limited to Berkeley/Oakland I have to recommend Tortilleria El Molino in Concord. Their tacos dorados are also pretty great.

          1. re: sundeck sue
            rubadubgdub Jul 5, 2012 11:58 AM

            Third on Picante. They're on the thicker side, cut in strips, and perfect for scooping up guac. Really delicious and fresh. You can buy in quantity for parties. I actually remember loving Chevy's thin chips.

            1. re: rubadubgdub
              rubadubgdub Jul 5, 2012 05:36 PM

              They're $2.50/lb (they say this feeds 5-6 people), no advance ordering is needed but you can call ahead if you're in a rush.

          2. drewskiSF Jul 3, 2012 10:42 AM

            I thought Rumbo al Sur's were very good, though they are on the thicker side (which i prefer)

            1. wolfe Jul 3, 2012 01:03 PM

              Chronicle tasting of the blues.

              1. b
                BAnders Jul 3, 2012 01:40 PM

                In terms of grocery store options, the Berkeley Bowl house brand white corn chips are addictive, savory and not too salty. If you don't have time to go to Picante, Mi Pueblo, etc.

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                  Barb S Jul 7, 2012 01:16 PM

                  Thanks for all the suggestions! I ended up at Mi Pueblo, since it's close to my house, and went with the house-made chips (made the day before, they looked fresher than the tricolor ones). They were great with the guacamole.

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