I had no idea what I was walking into when I pulled open the door to La Tortilleria. I should have though. The storefront clearly said La Tortilleria Market with the words, “convenience” and “Mexican products” right underneath, alongside “fresh tortillas daily”. I think I was so excited about trying a place I had wanted to try for ages that all logic escaped through my head and into the chilly air. That and because I was so ready for lunch, I was hungry!
Anyway, I should have had an inkling as to the type of establishment I was about to step into, but it didn’t register at the time. All I knew I was that I was excited about having Mexican food for lunch and that I would most likely be faced with the hard decision of deciding between quesadillas, tacos, and possibly burritos. All thoughts of what to feed my hungry stomach momentarily seized though after I stepped inside. I was expecting giant menu boards, some tables and chairs to sit and eat, and mouthwatering photos of food to entice the Mexican lover in me. I got much more than I expected.
I had walked right into a Mexican food and grocery emporium! OH.MY.GOD. I actually said that out loud as I entered through the swinging entrance barricade. Sigh. How graceful of me. I was in awe though. I had never been to a Mexican grocery store before! Chinese supermarkets? Since the day I was born. Polish mini market? Just this past late summer. I’ve even been to a Filipino grocery mart. But a Mexican grocery store? Oh, this was divine. La Tortilleria is not only a sit-down spot to nosh on Mexican comfort food hot off the press, but the Bloor & Dufferin location is also a Mexican supermarket with everything from Mexican corn chips and tortillas to pantry staples to bulk spices to traditional Mexican pastries and baked goods.
The grocery mart is divided into different aisles and sections and each aisle and section is devoted to a specific type of food. La Tortilleria has shelves of canned and dry pantry items such as chipotle, jalapeno, and serrano peppers, refried beans, hot sauces, cornmeal and maize, tamale and masa flour, Mexican chocolate mixes and coffee, churro mix, dips, condiments, and many others. The grocery market also has a bulk section with spices as well as a grab n’ go sweets section with Mexican pastries, cookies, and churros. Amidst all the Mexican grocery goodness is the hot food counter where you can order La Tortilleria’s hot and fresh corn tacos and tortillas to-go or to enjoy at the sit-down seating area. Menu items range from $6-$10 and aside from the tortilla bundles, all the menu items are meals, meaning they’re meant to be eaten as a full meal or as sharing plates. You won’t find single tacos here! Go big or go home.