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El Molino Central, Sonoma

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El Molino Central, Sonoma

davina | May 31, 2010 08:19 PM

Pretty little white building with blue trim a few miles north on Hwy 12 from Sonoma square, advertising tamales, tacos, and Blue Bottle coffee. They just opened this weekend, apparently. Turns out the woman running the place is Karen (Taylor?), of Primavera Tamales. I didn't find this out until after I ate a delicious, freshly made mamela, and then it made a whole lot of sense.

We went for the coffee, at first -- there is, sadly, a dearth of great coffee in the Sonoma area, and even though not every place that touts their coffee as being sourced from Blue Bottle does justice to the beans, we stopped in. And fears were quelled: they pull a great espresso.

The coffee drew us in but the food will bring us back. Actually, that's not true at all; of course the coffee will bring us back. But I had a mamela, which I wasn't familiar with -- it was like a bigger sope. Freshly made masa cake (not only was the cake freshly made, but they are soaking and grinding their own masa right there, something I'm not sure anyone really does here). The masa cake was filled with black beans, sweet onions, a warmly spicy salsa, some cabbage, and cotija. It was simple and delicious, mostly because it is so rare to taste such fresh masa.

They have about four hot things on the menu (tamales, tacos -- sorry for lack of details). And tamales and a few other things to take home.

I can't find their exact address yet, I'll add a link as soon as I can.

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El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

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