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If you're a follower of my web site, you've probably ascertained that I like Mexican food, and that I escpecilly like small, unique, "mom and pop" operations.  Roseville Tortilla Factory is small, family-owned and operated, and like La Morenita, is a combination taqueria and Mexican grocery store.  However, Roseville Tortilla Factory ramps the index up a notch, as they make their tortillas, IN-HOUSE, from scratch!  If you're a lover of fresh tortillas, this is the place to go...


Photo:  Roseville Tortilla Factory is located in downtown Roseville, east of the railroad tracks, in a small, hole-in-the-wall building.  It would be easy to miss if you weren't looking for the restaurant.  The restaurant is unique, and locally owned and operated by the Ayala family.  In addition to the restaurant, the establishment sells Mexican groceries, and they make all of their tortillas in-house, from scratch.  Menudo and pozole are served on Saturday and Sunday!


Photo:  The "dining room" consists of a collection of picnic benches at the front of the restaurant.  There are a couple more tables, located out of the photo, to the right.  Note the "Third world ambience" presented in the photo. The windows are foggy, as it's a chilly 45 degrees outside, as this photo was taken, at 01:30 P.M., in Saturday, December 29, 2012.


Photo:  Like most taquerias, you check out the menu, which is posted above the counter, place your order, pay for it, and the staff will bring your order to your table.  While you're pondering your choice for lunch, you can order favorites from the deli cases...


Photo:  Friendly Mariah, the gal who waited on me this Saturday afternoon, chats on her cell phone, as I take a peek into the kitchen beyond the counter.


Photo:  Mariah poses with my order of a hot bowl of menudo, which was an excellent choice for lunch, on this chilly December afternoon.  Placed on the table, that's my Kenwood TH-D72A, VHF/UHF ham radio transceiver that accompanies me on every walk.  If you're an avid ham radio operator, it's difficult to go on a hike without your favorite radio for a companion...


Photo:  Thank you, Mariah, for taking my photo, as I'm about ready to enjoy a delicious lunch of menudo and in-house-made corn tortillas.  Yes!!!!


Photo:  My lunch of menudo, garnishes, and corn tortillas.  Mariah told me that she and the other gals start work at 0400 - the restaurant doesn't open until 0800 on Saturday - in order to get the menudo going - as it takes a looooooong for the trip to cook, so it can be tender.  Roseville Tortilla Factory makes good menudo, complete with lots of hominy and fresh garnishes.  My order included five fresh, in-house made corn tortillas!!!  Oh yes, the price of admission was only $5.75, which is cheap, cheap, cheap for menudo in Roseville.

Great menudo, and Mariah is a great lady!  The atmosphere is truly "south-of-the-border," and definitely makes you feel like you're dining at a loncheria in Tijuana.  The only negative aspect is the fact the restaurant is dry - no beer, wine of booze - but your thirst can be cured at the nearby Onyx Club, which offers 20-oz draught beers for only $1.25 before 5:00 in the afternoon.  Great food is enjoyed at Roseville Tortilla Factory!

Roseville Tortilla Factory
313 Riverside Ave.
Roseville, CA 95678
916 783-3311

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