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Tortas Los Picudos in the Mission!

patrick | Feb 25, 2002 10:47 AM

In centuries to come, perhaps this era will be known as the Turn of the Century Torta Craze in the Bay Area -- in the past two years I've seen three restaurants open with "Torta" in the name, and few things could make this chowhound happier.

The latest addition to this tasty crew is Tortas Los Picudos, on 24th St between Harrison and Alabama in the Mission.

Los Picudos is not a taqueria; they are more like a deli, serving tortas prepared from cold meats, cheeses and condiments. They also sell cheese and meat by the pound, along with some groceries.

So it was a bit of a surprise to realize that there were no tortas al pastor, carne asada, or the like. Instead the choices include roast beef, pierna (marinated pork leg meat), ham, salchicha (hot dogs), turkey, and milanesa (breaded chicken or steak). The sandwiches are served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickled vegetables, cheese, and crema on long toasted rolls that are heated in a panini press. The sandwich presses are also used to briefly heat or sear some of the meats, such as the marinated pierna.

We ordered a Torta Cubana, which was listed as including jamon, pierna, milanesa and salchicha, along with all the trimmings. It was a huge sandwich, as usual, and came closest to my holy-grail cubana, blending flavors of the meats and the creaminess of the cheese with a tang of pickled jalapeno.

The Cubana was, as usual, the most expensive sandwich on the menu, at $5.50. Other sandwiches were $4.50 and thereabouts. They also offer tostada de cueritas (?) and, on weekends, tostada de ceviche.

I couldn't find a specific address, so just look for the very new awning on 24th between Harrison and Alabama. I also couldn't see any posted hours, but they were open on a Sunday afternoon. There's seating in the shop and a clean comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy your sandwich.

A mi, me gusta.

--patrick

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