Okay, maybe that's overstating a bit. But I stopped in at Manny's Tortas for the first time last night, and had a really excellent sandwich.
Manny himself was working the counter and couldn't have been more charming. He recommended the Manny's Special torta, which I had. Grilled French bread stuffed to the gills with grilled ham, steak, onions, mushrooms, avocado, other veggies, cheese, jalapenos and chipotle mayo. Out of this world. It's the most expensive sandwich on the menu at $6.95. My companion tried Manny's other recommendation, the Cubana, which contained pork tenderloin and ham, cheese, avocado, jalapenos, chipotle mayo and other stuff that I didn't pay attention to because I was focused on my own insanely good torta.
It was 8:00 on Saturday night and the place (which is bright and clean and cheekily decorated) was pretty dead. Fellow 'hounds, this is EXACTLY the kind of place we need to take to our bosoms. Fantastic food, freshly prepared, not the same old junk you can get anywhere, nice folks behind the counter (my new pal Manny even threw in two bags of chips, gratis). I pledge to be back every week.
The restaurant is at 2700 E. Lake Street, in the same building that houses Denny's. Manny also has a stall at Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake Street. Try a torta, I'm tellin' ya. And spread the word.