Tortas de Mexico
Vineland and Ventura, Studio City
Foothill and Pennsylvania (?), La Crescenta
There may be others.
DECOR: Slim to none. There isn't really any, it's small booths and tables, with a counter and a soda fountain.
SERVICE: Friendly. They'll call your number and if you raise your hand or otherwise indicate your presence, they'll bring you your food. The cashier in the one in La Crescenta is everybody's abuelita.
FOOD: I've only ever had tortas from this place, so I can't report on the burritos, sopes, tacos, &c. A torta, for those who don't know, is a Mexican sandwich. The ones at TdM come with beans, sour cream, jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes, onions (I think), and a salsa bar which also has marinated carrots and some fresh radishes.
I love their carne asada torta. It's faboo. My boss is addicted to their milanesa torta. Another coworker swears by the torta cubana (ham and pork, but not pressed). It's flavourful, it isn't disgustingly unhealthy, and it's authentic - many times we're the only non-Hispanics in the La Crescenta one. The Studio City one, being hidden behind a SuperCuts in a minimall, is less crowded.
During the winter, they serve champurrado, a kind of Mexican hot chocolate made from corn. Yum. $1.25.
VALUE: Wonderful. It's a large enough sandwich for lunch for me (and I'm a big guy) if I get some chips. Sandwiches are either $3.85 or $4.35.
VERDICT: Try it, you'll like it. It's not the only torta place in town but it's worth it, especially if you want them to go.
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