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La Flor Bakery... Not that one, the one in Sunset Park

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La Flor Bakery... Not that one, the one in Sunset Park

flanster | Aug 5, 2005 12:06 PM

Despite years of perusing chowhound I never twigged to the Sunset Park La Flor Bakery at 40th and 5th Ave in Brooklyn despite now finding several Leff posts pointing it out in the past. So it is not my discovery but I feel for what it is this place hasn't had the attention it deserves. Not far from my home in Red Hook this corner is at the center of a mini Ecuadorian and Mexican shopping strip teeming with various taco joints, chicken spots, and sonidero music stores. On many trips there to many different eateries I have been consistently disappointed by indifferent tacos, bland chaulafan, etc., in restaurants that seem to do most of their businees serving up endless cold Modelos and Tecates to end of the day south of the border laborers who never seem to be eating much. I kept trying because the neighborhood looks like it cannot possibly NOT hold at least one diamond, foodwise. But nobody, I thought, paid much attention to their food preparation and my quest for good mexican grub was always left essentially unsatisfied in this promising district. Shame on me for having passed La Flor by (thinking subconsciously, perhaps, that there could not possibly be TWO incredible dining experiences in two different La Flors, and already being a big fan of the one in Queens). Anyway, driving south towards Staten Island last week and wanting takeout instead of Tecate I parked and ran in to La Flor, looking for a quick taco lunch. Big mistake. (The quick part). In every other way I wished I had been in years ago. While my brother sat sweltering in the parked truck, three charming young ladies carefully griddle-cooked and chopped steak, chorizo, and "carne enchilada" from fresh, quite possibly never-frozen supplies. Once the meat was finally ready and dissembled to the perfect taco texture and the double tortillas each individually warmed and greased on the griddle the tacos were piled with mountains of fresh cilantro, chopped tomato, crema, onions. It was a good ten to fifteen minutes to get the half dozen tacos and oh so very worth it. La Flor's is a truly superlative taco. I would go so far as to say the cooked on demand fresh meat and the overstuffing takes La Flor's to a level above the taquerias of the Red Hook ball fields, although they have such huge turnover that they are right up there in freshness. In any case, comparable and best of all available every day instead of only on the weekends! I am frantic to get back for the rest of the menu. The pulped, iced, vat of watermelon juice on the counter made for a mind blowing beverage to go with the tacos. My brother commented "what's up with north america--they are so completely behind the south when it comes to the whole fruit juice thing!" Why can't one get iced watermelon juice like La Flor's everywhere? It was incredible. Don't be in a hurry and try to relax and control your saliva while you watch your order being prepared with love...

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