Attention all valley dwellers. You no longer have to feel deprived because Cole's and Philippe's is downtown. The torta at Tortas Ahogadas in San Fernando is the Mexican version of a French dip sandwich, and it is delicious. A crusty roll, moist from the meat juices and the spicy tomato broth it sits in, topped with a mound of pickled onions. As good as it sounds. The other stuff looked great also. Good agua frescas to wash it down with. Price for this hearty sandwich is about $6.50. Warning: if you can't take it tongue-searingly spicy, ask for it mild.
Worth a detour for the iconic sandwich, and a lively, authentic atmosphere.
Tortas Ahogadas las originales
11541 Laurel Canyon Blvd San Fernando, CA 91340