The Little Tortilla Stand that Could

It’s no secret that “upstate” New York gets confused as Canada’s doormat. Now, a tiny, roadside haunt named Tortillaville inverts that logic, and perhaps the space-time continuum itself.

One hour north of Poughkeepsie, the chrome-plated, miniature Mexican oddity of Hudson staggers the imagination. It’s almost as if Dorothy had instead crash-landed a Taco Bell into Oz, but insanely better.

Borrowed from Tortillaville.com

Borrowed from Tortillaville.com

So, residents of Munchkinland, you are faced with two choices. Either scrounge underneath the seat cushions for another forgettable burrito from the Bell, or embark upon an adventure of Harold and Kumar-sized proportions.

Okay, Neil Patrick Harris hasn’t eaten there, but Sen. Charles Schumer did, and why shouldn’t you?

Tortillaville tempts the tastebuds of Hudsonians as they stroll the bohemian Warren Street neighborhood of the city. Clustered amongst antique shops and open-air cafes at the intersection of Warren and Fifth, the little tortilla stand that could seems strikingly out of place - and that’s just half of the appeal.

Courtesy of Joseph Gentile

Courtesy of Joseph Gentile

Buddy Holly, Elvis and other sounds from the 1950s radiate from speakers as customers select their orders. If you’re lucky enough, be sure to steal a counter-top spot for you and a date upon the two retro bar stools on-site. But if you brought the entire entourage, there are several tables underneath imperial blue tents to be claimed.

Then just sit, smell and see what you traveled for - the freshest Mexican ingredients getting made to order.

With tortillas packing both beef and chicken, your next biggest choice becomes either taco or burrito. But, if meat doesn’t water your mouth, then their organic tofu probably should. Or you could just channel Jessica Simpson and order a fish dish instead.

Borrowed from Tortillaville.com

Borrowed from Tortillaville.com

Visitors hungry for a truly unique taste should tantalize their sweet tooths with the previously unheard of dessert burrito. Stuffed with sliced bananas, Nutella spread, cinnamon or local peach jam, support both area agriculture and your stomach. It’s just that simple, and delicious.

So, the next time your passing through Columbia County to see Marist crush Siena, a Times Union Center concert, or eventually Montreal, stop for a snack at Tortillaville. Just don’t siesta too deeply, because after October, they won’t reopen until May.

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