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Martinez: La Primavera - Deep-fried quesadillas, goat birria and terrific tortillas

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Martinez: La Primavera - Deep-fried quesadillas, goat birria and terrific tortillas

rworange | Apr 2, 2008 08:18 PM

Never heard about deep-fried quesadillas so I asked about them on the general board.
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503092

If you read that topic there are all sorts of deep-fried quesadillas.

This one is Sinaloan according to the waitress. A scoop of refried beans, cheese and optional beef or chicken with a touch ranchero sauce which had bell peppers is placed on a flour tortilla which is folded in half, the edges crimped and then deep-fried for a few minutes.

It was quite satisfying. Not greasy at all, the tortilla is pleasantly crispy. I opted for the chicken and there were generous pieces of shredded chicken inside.

It came with nice refried beans, actually decent rice which was yellow and tasted of chicken broth, some shredded lettuce, sour cream, quacamole, chips, salsa and a quarter of an orange.

It was just a deeply satisfying meal and I enjoyed every bite. The spicy salsa with the chips was nice crushed tomatoes with some heat that may have been both jalapenos and habeneros.

The horchata was pleasant and had a nice balance of sugar and cinnamon.

They sell tortillas by the dozen. They only make the corn tortillas. I thought $3.25 was a bit pricy for a dozen tortillas until she pulled out a bowl of dough, shaped little balls that were flattened in a tortilla press and griddled each tortilla. They are light and delicate with a nice corn flavor.

They have goat birria though I didn't try it.

It is a pleasant little restaurant with a lovely mural that covers all walls and the ceiling. There are parts of it that look like Van Gough's Starry Night. On one wall is a mural of a deserted plaza with only a man with four burros and a dog. It is evening and the moon shines. the sky contines across the restaurant getting lighter and ligher and on the opposite wall is a rising sun. In between there are birds, butterflies and flowers. There are sarape curtains.

A long counter has a dozen red and green seats. There are four booths and four tables.It has the look of what might have formerly been a diner or coffee shop.

There is also a private parking lot. The 14 year-old restaurant also has a taco truck somewhere on Pacheco.

The menu is on the Place record link.

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La Primavera
1311 Pine St, Martinez, CA

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