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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Adorably Named La Snackeria in Oakland Has Seriously Good Quesadillas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge Char siu pulled pork quesadilla, and the busiest tablecloth of all time. - PETE KANE
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  • Char siu pulled pork quesadilla, and the busiest tablecloth of all time.

La Snackeria
is a crowd-funded project in Old Oakland by a self-described “Third Generation Tamale Girl,” and, in short, it is a big win. Here, the masa is stone-ground and GMO-free, with a choice of jerk pork and plantain or green chicken filling. And while the tamarind Jarritos is cold and inviting, the horchata is house-made.

See Also: Donna's Tamales Makes a Mean Vegan Burrito

click to enlarge PETE KANE
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“Chino Latino lunch” could have gone in a bunch of different directions, but the restraint here is commendable. It’s a small menu, without gimmicks or showy flourishes, and worth the relatively high, approximately, $10 price point. A char siu pulled pork quesadilla (with soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and house-pickled carrots and daikon) was not only the most sophisticated version of that otherwise commonplace snack I’ve had in ages, it was also proportioned exactly right. The flawlessly crisped tortilla complemented the easily distinguishable ingredients, rather than enveloping them in a cheesy goo bomb (and the side salad comes with pepitas!)

Back to those tamales for a second. You can pre-order some for the holidays, at the Tamale Girl’s “mothership” at 582 Seventh Street in Oakland. Smell you later, Christmas ham.

The only drawback with La Snackeria is that it’s barely ever open. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., is all we get. (That’s like a George Jetson work schedule from a future Marxist utopia.) And damn me to hell for not knowing that the churros chinos (wonton skin fried in lard with sugar cinnamon) was restricted even further, to Thursdays and Fridays. Future expansion on both fronts is always possible, and in the meantime, if there’s any way to get to Old Oakland, La Snackeria awaits.

La Snackeria, 815 Washington, Oakland.

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