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Old 03-25-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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I was reminded on a recent trip to San Antonio how much I miss having breakfast/lunch/dinner at Mexican restaurants that make everything by hand, including their tortillas. What I miss most are breakfast tacos made with homemade tortillas. What gives? Am I missing them? We live central Austin, but I would be willing to travel a fair distance to experience great homemade tortillas at breakfast in particular. Any suggestions? Getting tired of the store bought chalky white tortillas.

Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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Never heard of a tortilla being described as "chalky white" before.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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ha!... different Chalky White :-)

You know, the store bought kind are tasteless, chalky white. A homemade flour tortilla is almost translucent from the lard used... :-)
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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This is a bit dated, from 2010
Best Handmade Tortillas in Austin Texas | Serious Eats : Talk : Eating Out

GOOD Homemade Tortillas - Austin - Chowhound

And I think that what you are looking for is more of a Mex-Mex tortilla and not a Tex-Mex tortilla, and are you looking for corn or flour?

Flour tortillas: an end to my quest | Homesick Texan
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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I reckon it's a bit like pita bread was in Atlanta. I managed one location of a sandwich shop chain(20ish stores at that time) for a few months and each store got the pita bread from a single bakery. Fresh each day except Saturday, it would have been cost prohibitive for each store to supply itself with pita. Our situation was as close to 'just in time inventory' and 'hot off the presses' as you could reasonably expect and the customers loved it.

Now, I know it's a little different since we're so close to the 'home' of the tortilla and it is fun watching them being made; but I suppose someone with a dependable supplier who didn't use 'chalk' in their tortillas would be OK. Tasty as all get-out, flour, lard and water ain't all that great for us, unfortunately...and the corn isn't terribly different. Dang!

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Old 03-25-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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I reckon it's a bit like pita bread was in Atlanta. I managed one location of a sandwich shop chain(20ish stores at that time) for a few months and each store got the pita bread from a single bakery. Fresh each day except Saturday, it would have been cost prohibitive for each store to supply itself with pita. Our situation was as close to 'just in time inventory' and 'hot off the presses' as you could reasonable expect and the customers loved it.

Now, I know it's a little different since we're so close to the 'home' of the tortilla and it is fun watching them being made; but I suppose someone with a dependable supplier who didn't use 'chalk' in their tortillas would be OK. Tasty as all get-out, flour, lard and water ain't all that great for us, unfortunately...and the corn isn't terribly different. Dang!
Nahhh.....

There are a 100 such places an hour south in San Antonio. Also when used to live in Dallas there were many. They HAVE TO BE HERE! :-)

I just need to find them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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ha!... different Chalky White :-)

You know, the store bought kind are tasteless, chalky white. A homemade flour tortilla is almost translucent from the lard used... :-)
Well, one of our neighborhood landscape dudes says no matter how hard he works, he carries an extra 20# on his waistline because of his wife's homemade tortillas...w/butter...every night!

There's always Chuy's
Chuy's Austin, TX
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:36 PM
 
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Does Chuy's make homemade corn as well as flour tortillas? I love the fresh corn ones, but I think they are less often hand made.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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Yes, I think Chuy's makes corn, blue corn and flour.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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I could have made this thread myself. Still haven't found a good breakfast taco place nearby with fresh fluffy homemade flour tortillas. Use to love going to Chacho's in San Antonio for bacon and egg tacos. A lot of places chop up the bacon rather than a big crispy strip. Chuy's is the only place that comes to mind with homemade flour tortillas. The fresh warm ones they sell at HEB are better than most places in Austin. Sucks.
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