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Best Tortillas 

La Palma

The bustling "Mexi-catessan" has been serving up handmade tortillas since 1953, and now supplies them wholesale to a few dozen restaurants and shops — including about 8 million a year to popular chain Tacolicious. Even the machine-rolled tortillas La Palma now sells have a lightness that most tortillas only dream of achieving, but the handmade ones, available in taco form for 60 cents more ($2.59/$3.19), are a revelation, with a griddled, buttery, crispy exterior and almost-custardy interior. The corn taste of the masa is subtle, but it's definitely present — it doesn't overpower the fillings, but works in tandem in them, making these tortillas a necessary part of the taco experience instead of merely acting as a girdle for the meat inside. And they're thick enough so that two tacos leaning against each other stand up by themselves.

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