The pozole that Tortilleria Jalisco serves on Saturday afternoon is the best I’ve had in the U.S … and better than many places in Mexico. It is what pozole is all about.
A huge pot … huge … bubbles away on the stove and the pozole is scooped out with a big wooden ladle.
This is not the usual skimpy canned hominy. It is from-scratch, almost the size of a small marble and the bowl is generously filled. It has that perfect chew that marks good hominy. The broth is flavorful and rich but not overwhelming.
A large, thick, chop-sized piece of tender pork is in the bowl. They will ask if you want some pig’s foot as well … perhaps they just ask gringos like me. My answer was yes please. I happily gnawed on all the pig foot goodness with a bonus that one bone had marrow in it.
There are the usual accompaniments such as shredded lettuce, chopped onions, slices of radish and half a lime. Add all to bowl, squirt with lime and a shot of hot sauce … you have one of the best dishes in wine country if not the entire Bay Area.
Four very nice crispy tostadas come with it. All this goodness for $7 … and that was the small bowl.
My recommendation if you go is to eat it there. Or like some of the Mexican families who stopped by, bring a pot. The gringos in the Mercedes who stopped by for takeout got it in the Styrofoam containers which I’m guessing would be leaky.
However eat there on one of the picnic tables under the shade of an umbrella while watching the cars cruise by on West Napa St. Enjoy the pozole in its ceramic flowered bowl just out of the pot.
I got there early and picked up a potato taco dorado to keep me going for another hour (pozole was ready about 3 pm). This crispy taco was very nice and comes topped with shredded lettuce and is drizzled with crema. It was more than worth the $1.25.
Finally brought home some of the corn tortillas. They are perhaps my second favorite in the Bay Area. La Borenquina remains the corn tortilla champ for me though. These are a proud second, a different more delicate type that are nice eaten with soup.
Tortilleria Jalisco does hold the Bay Area record as the best flour tortilla. My S/O and I really enjoyed the batch I bought last week. I actually drove to Sonoma this week to try the pozole. It could not have been a nicer day … drinking in the glorious autumn day while eating the perfect pozole.
Once again, thanks kare_raisu, for bringing this place to the attention of Chowhounds. I haven’t been so happy with a bowl of pozole since the first time I tried it in Mexico City at a place known for pozole. Tortilleria Jalisco was ever bit the equal of that place.
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