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Searching for Mexican mortar & pestle

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Hello, Montreal Chowhounds!

I'm going to be visiting your lovely city soon. I was wondering if you might know of a Latin American food store that sells molcajete & tejolote (Mexican mortar & pestle) made of lava stone. I've scoured the shops in Toronto and nobody carries it.

Any info would be greatly appreciated! By the way, thanks for all the restaurant recommendations on this site; I'm sure I'll be dining very well during my stay.

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  1. I'm not sure, but I seem to recall a bunch of cookware and implements at the mexican grocers on St Laurent around Rachel and Mt Royal (there's a set of 3 or 4 on the right as you walk north. I'm thinking of the one with the lunch counter, which isn't helpful, but Carswell suggests not eating there anymore, which I'd agree with; the food I've gotten is mediocre. But its Montreal. We don't have great mexican food in general.)

    The other place I'd try is Nino's, just north of Prince Arthur (also on St Laurent.) They have a lot of unusual cookware.

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    1. re: John Green

      There's a Latin American dry goods place just about Pine on St. Laurent that might have them. I can't remember the name of it offhand though. They also have wonderful anchovy stuffed olives at a reasonable price...terrific in martinis made w/ lemon vodka.

      1. re: John Green

        >mexican grocers on St Laurent around Rachel and Mt
        >Royal (there's a set of 3 or 4 on the right as you
        >walk north. I'm thinking of the one with the lunch
        >counter, which isn't helpful, but Carswell suggests
        >not eating there anymore

        Are we talking about the same place? Taqueria Mex is on the west side of St-Laurent, a few doors south of Marie-Anne (and just south of Bagel Bagel). It's a taco bar only--no grocery store attached.

        >But it's Montreal. We don't have great mexican food
        >in general.

        Yeah, that's my experience too, with the exception of the original resto that's where Taqueria Mex is today. It was a two-franchise chain, the other outlet being in Malibu. It's were my Guadalajaran neighbour took me when I asked if there was a good Mexican restaurant in Montreal, and the food was spectacular, especially the homemade corn tortillas.

        Have you been to Fandango? There's been a few raves on this board and, IIRC, Lazar was also very positive.

        1. re: carswell

          >Are we talking about the same place? Taqueria Mex is on
          > the west side of St-Laurent, a few doors south of
          > Marie-Anne (and just south of Bagel Bagel). It's a
          > taco bar only--no grocery store attached.

          Apparently not. I can't recall the name of the place, but it has a little kichenette with empenadas and things on the right as you go in, and then groceries to the rear.

          As to Fandango, I enjoyed it, but haven't been back, despite living only a few blocks away. (After all, I also live a few blocks from LPDC.) But when I say mexican, I really think about something more like a taqueria than a fine restaurant.

          1. re: John Green

            I know the place you mean! It's just above MarieAnne...maybe three or four store fronts north on the east side of St. Laurent. Great little store...they had some frozen tropical fruit concentrates a while back that were outta this world.

      2. The late, lamented Marché Latino used to have them. Don't know if the stores that sprung up in its wake--the ones John refers to (but aren't they located between Marie-Anne and Mont-Royal on St-Laurent?)--do. If the weather's good later this week, I may be biking through the neighbourhood; if so, I'll stop by and see. Have heard tell of a Mexican store out Westmount/NDG way and maybe a replacement Marché Latino in the northeast end, but I'm not too up on Latin food stores these days and my former neighbour from Guadalajara has moved to warmer climes. You might try putting a question to Barry Lazar, the former Gazette food columnist and author of an out-of-print book on Montreal's ethnic grocery stores: go to www.montrealfood.com and follow the links to the Flavourguy page, which I believe has an e-mail address for him, or post a message in their infrequently visited Readers' Forum (Lazar is a moderator, so maybe he'll catch it).

        1. Hi Linda from Toronto,
          I think I know the name of the Latino store you're looking for and everyone here is referring to. It's called Librería Española Inc. and it's located at 3811, Boul. St-Laurent in Montreal. The phone number is 514-849-3383. Good luck!

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          1. re: basciani

            Did you notice that the last entry on this thread is 7 years old.

            I do hope that Linda has found it by now.