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Real Torta Rolls (bolillos) at Casa Latina in Berkeley

rworange | Aug 9, 200501:29 PM

Noticed these on a recent visit. I don't get to this top notch Panadria/Taqueria often enough.

Even if you don't like panadrias (I don't much), Casa Latina is an exception. When I'm in there I want to buy, well, everything. And it all tastes wonderful, especially the turnovers.

They have strawberry aqua fresca which seems to have changed since my last visit. It is not as tart and thicker than most aqua frescas, more like a strawberry nectar.

The tortas are made on the excellent looking bolillos, but from the description they don't look like DF tortas (served with avacado, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, jalepenos and choice of crema or mayonaise).

The tacos are very good.

This is a taqueria that nods to the Berkeley crowd without losing it's Mexican integrity. All their meats are baked and they only use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. It didn't hurt the carnitas one bit. They were good. They have organic teas and organic soy milk ... and yet ... real Mexican hot chocolate.

It really is authentic and not some upscale interpretation. It just realizes where it is located. Equal customer base of Latinos to non Latinos.

Big bowls of oranges for fresh squeezed oj. Fresh squeezed carrot juice also available.

I haven't seen cake in there but the menu says they make Tres Leches cakes for all occasions as well as Mexican bread and flan.

Located on San Pablo near Popeyes @ Delaware. More info in old post.

The baked goods match any of the best I've seen in Mexicon City and, IMO, taste better.


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