I have now officially given up hope of finding a good Mission taqueria style Mexican place since my move here to New York.
Yes I have tried: Uncle Moe's (tolerable), Bed Bath and Beyond Cafe (surprisingly not sucky), and two or three hole in the wall places (from iffy to worse)
But I have not given up hope of ever being able to enjoy it again.
My Plan is simple: That which I cannot buy I will make.
My problem is this- there's an item that seemed ubiquitous in the Mission taquerias- the tortilla steamer. It's a big silver thing and it kinda looks like a shirt pressing machine cut in half. They would put the tortilla into it and pump a lever a few times and it would steam the tortilla just right so that it would stick together.
To buy one of these doo-hickeys (or even to price one) I need to figure out what to call one. I figured it was called a tortilla steamer- but that name seems to be reserved for the crock-like plastic thing that you put the tortillas into to serve them on the table.
Help! What's that thingy called? Anyone know?