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Oaxaquena Cuban Sandwich/Penguin Uphill

Seth Zurer | Oct 16, 200210:50 AM

I know that Oaxaquena has been thoroughly recommended, but I wasnted to toss in my two bits about the brilliant invention that is the Torta Cubana. First of all, it bears absolutely no resemblence to its pressed cuban namesake. It's a standard oaxaquena torta roll slathered with refried beans and avocado, with three milanesa steaks stacked up under a layer of ham and cheese bound chorizo underneath (i kid you not) a 6 ounce vienna beef skinless hotdog bisected once and bisected again then deep-fried till the outside is dark brown and crispy. The whole thing is about 6 inches tall and completely fantastic -- and the hotdog makes it even better. But don't make the same mistake I made and also order the sopa azteca to go with it -- a mostly undisitnguished gigantic bowl of chicken soup with chips on top. But the torta--oh man...

And what's more, the flavors at the penguin (except the coconut) were fabulous.

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