By Jamie Drummond

La Tortilleria Market at Dufferin and Bloor.

A couple of years ago my wonderful ex-girlfriend first introduced me to the pleasures of La Tortillería Market‘s fresh corn tortillas when she made me some damn tasty spicy duck tacos… and yet it was only earlier this year I discovered that they also have a small menu from which one can eat-in or take-out, alongside a smashing little market offering a wide range of Mexican food products… and some scary piñatas. The small chain’s motto is “Authentic Mexican food for everyone”, so don’t go there expecting your usual Tex-Mex fare.

My lunchtime recommendation would be the Guacanachos Supreme: a platter of crispy nachos topped sat atop a pile of refried beans and topped with crumbled mild chorizo sausage, melted cheese, and the house guacamole which has quite a garlic kick to it. This plate can then be augmented with one (or all!) of their house-made hot salsas… I really enjoyed their green salsa myself, but then I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to spice.

At $8.77 pre tax it come in just under our $10 cap and if you happen to find yourself at Dufferin and Bloor during the day it makes for the perfect lunch. A word of advice though, I’d avoid La Tortillería Market from about Noon to 1pm as the boys and girls of the local collegiate swarm the streets and turn the spot into noisy cloud of adolescent hormones for just over an hour.

La Tortillería Market is located at 1009 Dufferin St, on the southeast corner of Dufferin and Bloor and is open Monday through Sunday, 10am – 9pm.

The Menu at La Tortilleria Market.

La Tortilleria Market store, replete with piñatas.

La Tortilliere Market's Salsas.

La Tortilliere Market's Guacanachos Supreme with Green Salsa.

Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… and he needs to go back to try those tacos.