La Borinqueña Mexicatessen was a small family-run Mexican deli in Old Oakland run by Tina Tamale and her parents and grandparents before her. Its early hours catered to the downtown lunch crowd, but you could also buy their house-made chorizo and ready-made meat, vegetarian and vegan tamales to go from their refrigerated section, along with supplies like masa.
After 71 years and three generations in business, in July 2015 Tina announced that they were closing La Borinqueña.
582 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Links and References
- La Borinquena Mexicatessen closing after 71 years in Oakland SFGate.com July 16, 2015
- The Last Days of Latino Old Oakland Luke Tsai East Bay Express July 29, 2015
- Piece of old community survives in new SFGate.com January 3, 2010