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Sonora Taqueria & La Tarte Bakery (San Rafael)

Malcolm Ruthven Jan 14, 2013 06:59 PM

Sonora Taqueria & La Tarte Bakery are two different places, a taqueria and a Russian bakery, in Terra Linda (north San Rafael), in the same complex of businesses as Scotty's Market.

I had a late lunch today at Sonora Taqueria. First came chips (good, not special) with two excellent salsas made by the owner; really good. Then my tacos - Carne Asada and Al Pastor ($2.59 each) - arrived. They were large and excellent; the sauce on them was so good I didn't add any salsa. it's a taqueria in a small Mexican market. I'll be back.

A few doors away and set back is La Tarte Bakery, owned by a very pleasant Russian woman. I had three pastries (two shortbread-based and one almond) and they were wonderful. I took home a beef piroshki. She remembers House of Piroshki in SF on Irving, which she said deep fried their version in contrast to her baked-and-healthier version. Unhealthy wins :-( This is a high-quality Russian bakery that merits a trip off 101.

620 Manuel T Freitas Parkway (at Del Ganado Rd)
San Rafael, CA 94903

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  1. Sarah RE: Malcolm Ruthven Jan 14, 2013 07:25 PM

    Thanks for the tip - good to know for when I'm in the area.

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      Malcolm Ruthven RE: Malcolm Ruthven Mar 18, 2014 08:50 PM

      Stopped in again at La Tarte Bakery, set back from the row of shops in this complex. More cookies eaten immediately, and a beef piroshki to take home which I just finished. The cookies were again excellent (shortbread based) and the piroshki ($3.50) was also fine, probably as good as a baked-instead-of-deep-fried one can get.

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        Malcolm Ruthven RE: Malcolm Ruthven Mar 20, 2014 07:09 PM

        La Tarte was closed today (Thursday), and I later read in the San Rafael Patch that this mostly-wholesale bakery is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.


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