Two short, unrelated updates:
As I was driving up Holcomb the other day I noticed a small converted house with a big sign saying "Midtown Market" and a smaller sign advertising Middle Eastern foods and halal meats. It is on the east side of Holcomb a few blocks north of Vassar. Any hounds been there yet? This may well be the first market of this sort in town; I do intend to check it out soon.
And a new place I DID check out is a new panaderia/tamaleria near the corner of Oddie and Sutro (its right about where Oddie curves and becomes Wells, so not sure if its technically on Wells or on Oddie. Its near the fairgrounds, and right next to the large lot where the llamas are, so hard to miss. Almost looks like a converted greenhouse, with a curved roof and lots of glass. Look for a wrought iron fence around the parking lot). All of this description is to make up for the fact that I didn't catch the place's name. Nonetheless, its worth a stop: a large and very tasty-looking selection of Mexican baked goods (We didn't try any, but will definitely be back to do so), and excellent tamales. I had the tamales de pollo; DH had the rajas con queso. Both were quite large, with light white corn masa. They were accompanied by an excellent home-made salsa verde. The place has a few tables and they were full, so word is out. The young man who served us (owner's son?) told us that they've been open three weeks. They also serve tacos, tortas and Sunday menudo. Prices are reasonable (the tamales were 1.50 each, a good price considering they are definitely larger than average). This could become a regular weekend stop, as we live in the hood!