Tortilla Tuesdays: Tula Market

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Dave Lieberman

Lake Forest is an amazing place. It's much more like North County than South County (the bizarre subdivision of Foothill Ranch notwithstanding), and it's where the Latinos of the 949 go for their groceries when Santa Ana is impractical due to traffic. This week's Tortilla Tuesday goes to Lake Forest's Tula Market, a pair of clean, bright supermercados.

The tortillas smelled heavenly as I brought them home; there's something about the smell of hot nixtamal (that'd be flint corn soaked in cal to free the nutrition) that puts my taste buds into overdrive. Sadly, the taste didn't match the smell; it was much more muted. The texture was a little bit odd; the tortilla split into two, almost like a pocket pita. They did hold up decently to moist fillings, unlike some of the tortillas we've reviewed around here.

Tula's tortillas heated decently on the comal, but it was hard to get the blisters that mark a perfectly-reheated tortilla. Tortillas a day or two old reheatedly nicely, though, without cracking or becoming too dry around the edges. Oddly, the difference in color between the machine side and the other side faded over a couple of days, something I've never seen machine-made tortillas do before.

In brief, the tortillas were acceptable; they were corn-y enough and far better than the Mission brand that most people are subjected to--but they weren't special.

Grade: B-

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Tula Market

24418 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest, CA

Category: Restaurant

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albert.garcia25
albert.garcia25

albert.garcia25@yahoo.com  A tortilla machine can make all tortillas blister by putting a roller on the last tier allowing the tortilla to pass between this roller and the comal sealing the tortilla, this will allow the tortilla to blister when being reheated at home

Mcrickc
Mcrickc

Ranchito Market at the 405 and Springdale/Westminster in the city of Westminster. This place makes their tortillas and chips on site all day long. You can grab a bag when their hot off the oven. Flour tortillas are good as well, but the corn are unbelievable. 

Ptcldy1
Ptcldy1

Living in the east coast gives no choices in tortillas so I'm tempted to make my own with the press. But they own Maseca 

Fred Aguiar
Fred Aguiar

Hey Tavo! I have recently found some really good tortillas at Sprouts. The tortillas are "como hechas en casa" made with only maize, agua, and cal.  They are not made there or by them, I'm not sure if that's one of your criteria, pero son de La Fe Tortilleria in San Marcos, CA. A quick looksee at their website suggested they were Ama y Apa-ish. They are yellowish, not white, and smell divino. They hold up very well on the comal, don't stick, and do well stuffed with salsa laden stuff. Check em out.

conrad
conrad

The location of that new restaurant is about 5 miles away from Foothill Ranch. I do not see, hear or experience anything bizarre about that place.

Martin Chow
Martin Chow

Why would you say "the bizarre subdivision of Foothill Ranch..."?  What do you have against Foothill Ranch?

DanGarion
DanGarion

I think it is the fact that any normal OC person has to drive 20 minutes off of the freeway to get there.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I can't believe that as recently as FHR was built, they decided it would be awesome to put all the houses nestled against the hill, then put all the retail down at the 241 and arrange it so you have to drive from store to store even within the same plaza.

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