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La Palateria Michoacana in Sunset Park

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La Palateria Michoacana in Sunset Park

Opportunivore | Sep 18, 2003 01:10 PM

While walking down 5th Avenue after eating at La Flor Bakery last night, I stopped at La Palateria Michoacana between 41st and 42nd. Neon signs in the window listed burritos and ice cream, but what caught my eye after I went in was the low freezer full of paletas - colorful fruit-ice pops (paletas de fruta) and ice cream pops (paletas de crema).

The variety of pops was wide and intriguing, with flavors ranging from authentic Mexican like tamarind, mamey (soursop), guava, and pepino con chile (cucumber with chile); to mainstream fruit (strawberry, lemon); to mainstream ice cream (chocolate, vanilla, Oreo, etc.)

I had a tamarind pop, and it was delicious. Not too sweet, with a strong tamarind flavor.

The pops looked homemade, with irregular shapes and labels listing the store and its Brooklyn address as the manufacturer. However, I couldn't confirm this with the lady working there because my Spanish is atrocious. (A search turned up a post from the S.F. board about a California paleta maker called Paleteria La Michoacana, which made me wonder whether these were a West Coast import.)

Another freezer held tubs of ice cream, which did not look homemade, but did look pretty good. Didn't try any, though.

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