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Quick-stop tamale shop

Original post made on Feb 12, 2013

Roberto Luna affectionately calls the convenience store he manages on California Street and Mariposa Avenue "the little store." The name fits, but the cramped 400-square-foot store is chock-full of items that may be difficult to find at the local liquor store: Mexican chorizo, pan dulce and freshly made tamales, which are advertised on the otherwise unassuming building by a sign that reads "Tamales all day" in large, red-painted letters.

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Posted by Tom Allie
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

When I lived on Palo Alto Ave, my then girlfriend, now wife and I used to fight over who would ride down to the market for Sat morning tamales. The cheese and the sweet green corn were my faves.
I miss not having a corner market in my neighborhood. Its a great thing so I hope people continue to support this one..

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Posted by juniperk
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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Posted by M
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I grew up in a house around the corner and as kids, we used to scrounge up all the coins we could find to buy tamales. I'm 29 now, and I still go there for the tamales although now I don't have to scrounge for coins.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I love their tamales!!! A few years ago a friend had just gotten out of the hospital and only wanted their tamales as a welcome home dinner. As far as the silly "paid taxes?" comment, get real! This is an established business with a loyal following. There are no kids loitering and it is a very safe place to shop. Their pastries are sooooo yummy. Parking can be tricky but worth it.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I wish the "little store" would stop selling liquor, especially the huge single serve cans of beer that I'm sure fuel some of the crimes in this area. I would love for them to loose their liquor license, then it would be interesting to see if the crime and drunk driving improves in our little neighborhood.
Actually, if I'm not mistaken they may have been dinged in the selling alcohol to minors sting operation that the police stage here and there.

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Posted by Jose
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Great. Now I want a tamale and a huge single serving can of beer. Maybe go for a drive afterwards.

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Posted by Nope
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Wow Mary, that's quite a stretch you made. I'm guessing your last name isn't "Sunshine"
So, no other beer available to criminals in the area? Are all crimes committed by drunks in your area? Do they get drunk then drive a 1/8h of a mile drunk before something happens and they get caught?
So your suggesting that criminals are going to the store and buy big cans of beer, get all hopped up and go a beer fueled crime spree? REALLY? No chance they get it at 7/11 or Safeway or BevMo?
You need to rethink this theory of yours then check the crime reports and come back when you have more "ammo" than what you just think up in your own head.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Nope- I happen to know what's going on in my neighborhood. I've seen more than one accident w/ people who were too drunk to cross California St. and I saw those same people walk to the "little store" with beer under their arms.

I also see the big cans of empty beer tossed in my front yard on a daily basis...which gets tiring and doesn't really appeal to my sense of neighborhood.

It's called a convenience store because it's convenient for the people in this area to buy their things there and beer is one of them. Some don't drive, so no, I don't think they are walking all the way to 7/11 or BevMO...especially with a 12 pack of beer under their arm.

So, "Nope", my theory is backed by what I see with my own eyes...which I'm guessing is not the kind of thing you might see in your Cuesta Park neighborhood.

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Posted by Positive Words
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 13, 2013 at 5:56 am

This store is my favorite part of this neighborhood. I make a point of patronizing it whenever I'm in the area. Unfortunate that some of its the customers/neighborhood residents choose to litter. That's a complaint with people who live around fast food establishments as well. The issue seems to be with the patrons, though, not the business itself.
Great place...think I'll have tamales for lunch :)

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Posted by Master Blaster
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

It would be dangerous to drunk drive down those narrow side streets. I always have to pull over whenever a car is coming the other way.

I will definitely get some tamales and a tall boy and walk back to my apartment, don't you worry, Mary.

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Posted by Didn't know I was so bad
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Dang. Ya know I've walked to the store and home with a 12 pack more than a couple times. I've always tried to be friendly to anyone I see and I like to appreciate the different yards along the way. I may have even bought a big can of beer on a hot day. Its not really my normal thing to do, but wouldn't be a shocker if it happened. Sorry Mary.

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I have lived in Mtn. View a very long time and have driven up (or down) California street since 1970, and for some reason have never stopped and entered this 'little store'. One day I just may have a reason to stop in and check it out...

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Posted by Ramon
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

Whooooah! Ramon here (the owner). My Brother Robert and I run this store and we invest much of ourselves in our work. Thank you for the kind words. They mean a lot to us.

We will do our best to satisfy you-all in any way we can.

Thanks again, God bless.