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[PDX] La Catrina (Tortas Gigantes) and Morelia Taco Truck

extramsg | Nov 19, 200504:14 AM     10

Was down south on 82nd at Linens and Things looking for an inexpensive but decent food mill. No luck. (Any suggestions? Didn't like the one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Trying to keep it under $50.) Wanted to get a cheap, quick bite and Trillium's rec was recent in my memory so when I saw a taco truck advertising Tortas Gigantes, I quickly pulled in.

The name of the truck is actually La Catrina. They do indeed have giant tortas, and that's their specialty, so Tortas Gigantes may actually be a better name. They also sell quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and tamales. I did get two tacos, asada and cabeza, both of which were good, but I was more interested in the tortas.

They have dozens of combinations of ingredients and most are priced at $7.50. I went ahead and ordered the kitchen sink of tortas, the torta cubana, with tomato, white and yellow cheese, ham, hot dog, milanesa, and fried egg. They had a salsa bar where I added a very spicy pureed guacamole, sour cream, and lettuce.

There were two further choices with the cubana, the cubanita for $6 and the full sized torta for $10. I wussed out and went for the smaller version. Even that was quite large. Bigger than tortas at most places. About as big as my head.

Good bread. The fillings were typical, but tasted great all together. The milanesa wasn't chewy. I'd definitely get one again. One of the better tortas I've had around PDX.

The cart was located at Bob's Auto and Gas (only $2.15/gallon), just south of Johnson Creek Blvd on 82nd. It was open at 7pm, the time we were there, tonight.

My wife was with me and because of the spicy guacamole didn't each as much of the sandwich as I expected. So we headed north about half a mile or so and quickly hit the Morelia taco truck I've reported on before. Good tacos as before. But the noteworthy thing was that they also had pambazos, champurrado, and arroz con leche. Pambazos are tortas where the bun has been dipped in chile sauce, like enchiladas, and then griddled. Champurrado is chocolate atole. Atole is a warm drink, essentially water or milk thickened with masa (the paste used to make tortillas). Arroz con leche can either rice pudding or, in this case, a thickish rice and milk drink. We got the champurrado and it was a pretty good version. Quite creamy in texture with a milk chocolate flavor.

I hate pictures of myself, but you gotta have a sense of the size of the "small" torta. (My wife loves to take a picture of me in these situations so she can show me how ridiculous I look.) This one was half-eaten:

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