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Monday, September 26, 2016

Dear Eastsider: In search of tortilleria alternatives

The upcoming closure of Santa Fe Tortilleria in Echo Park finds  Stephanie C. of Silver Lake  wondering where to shop for fresh tortillas:

No more amazing, cheap, homemade tortillas or homemade habanero salsa … Do you or any other readers know any other great tortillerias in the nearby area?

The Eastsider’s padrinos used to own La Azteca Tortilleria in East Los Angeles. La Azteca remains in business. However,  La Morena Bakery & Tortilleria, in Boyle Heights is closer to Echo Park and Silver Lake. Any other suggestions?



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  1. I didn’t know blogs had godparents!

  2. El Dorado on Main St. in Lincoln Heights still has a tortilleria…
    http://www.eldoradotortillas.com/WhoWeAre.asp

  3. Tortilleria La California on Verdugo Rd and Eagle Rock Blvd/ Cypress Ave right by Patra’s of Jamie Oliver fame.

  4. I am very sad to see Santa Fe go.

    Here are my recommendations: El Dorado is good. So is La Princesa on Cesar Chavez in East LA, just past Boyle Heights. Also, try Acapulco Mexicatessen/Tortillerias on Kern Ave, just south of Whittier Blvd. in the heart of East LA. Lastly, I strongly recommend Cinco Puntos (also on Cesar Chavez Ave) located where Boyle Heights ends and East LA begins and Cesar Chavez curves into a weird semi-circle (the “Five Points” referenced in “Cinco Puntos”). Cinco Puntos is mostly a carniceria, but they make their own tortillas as well and have them for sale. I’ve been visiting Cinco Puntos all of my life and I’ve never had a bad meal. It’s an East LA institution and if you have never been there, you really should give it a try.

  5. Does anyone know where to get ORGANIC corn tortillas?

  6. Miramar Tortilla
    4336 Union Pacific Ave Los Angeles, CA 90023
    (323) 267-0548
    This place has been in my neighborhood since ’78. East Los Angeles bordering the City of Commerce. Awesome, thick and inexpensive corn tortillas.

  7. On the previous article, there was mention on the increase in the cost of the corn. There’s been a problem in the Sinaloa area of Mexico where a good deal of the corn is grown which I’m sure has contributed greatly to the increase:
    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=49652

    And the website? You can sign up for a weekly update on some fantastic images of the planet from space, accompanied by interesting commentary. That’s how I learned about the crop failure–and loving most things corn, it stuck in my memory.

  8. Santa Fe staff told me that they would be selling their tortillas at two panaderias – one the located across the street on Sunset Blvd. and another located on Glendale Blvd. and Scott Street (sorry- can’t remember the names)…

  9. The Gonzalez Northgate market off Olympic and Hoover has tortilas made in-house every day. They also make great chips.

    It’s not that expensive either.

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