Ok LONG time listener, first time caller. I think encountering Ronnie Suburban at dinner the other night finally got me to register and maybe occasionally contribute to the forums. I believe the etiquette is to bump up an existing topic when there is new info, so I found this thread to provide an update.
I was in the Deli today and learned two things. One very sadly, that Isaac and Moishe's mother has passed away, about two weeks ago. I offered condolences, she obviously was an inspiration to them.
As of yesterday, the Deli is offering "Atole de Grano". I found a blogger who describes it, http://mexkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/08/ ... atole.html
. Moishe gave me two kinds, one that was just the hot soupy liquid with hominy kernels and then he gave me some crystalized brown sugar to go with it. He instructed me to put the sugar in my mouth and drink the liquid. The other was what he is selling, blended together already with some sugar, some salt, the soupy liquid and hominy. Available in two sizes, $3 for grande and $2 for chico. Moishe explained that it is a "breakfast drink" and that on the street in their hometown in Mexico it used to be served in clay pots (today in styrofoam).
I enjoyed trying the Atole de Grano, I would really call it a soup more than a drink but either way it is a sweet/savory combo where the flavor of the hominy really comes through.