La Palma

La Palma is famous in San Francisco for its masa, cornmeal ground for fresh tortillas and tamales, as well as its flour tortillas made with butter or lard. The taqueria's a solid source for tacos and tortas, but our favorite La Palma lunch is to feel up the packets of fresh blue-corn gorditas (pupusa-like corn cakes stuffed with cheese and meat or zucchini) and buy the steamiest, hottest bag. By the time we get home, half of them are gone.