In response to the Big Dog's plaint about the Outer Boroughs board being weak...
After having seen a couple of fellows order one at La Espiga I had the pleasure of feasting on a torta cubana last night. I grabbed it at the Mexican spot nearest the 74 St. subway stop, I believe it's called La Poblanita.
Having seen the guys at La Espiga eating some I already knew it was vastly different than its Cuban namesake. It's kind of like a Cubano on steroids.
First the cook toasted both sides of a crusty roll on the griddle. Then he layered lettuce tomato, guacamole, pickled jalapenos and queso blanco on one half. He then proceeded to fry an egg and some pork. As he was doing this his coworker returned from the market next door with some pink ham. Three slices were laid on top of the queso blanco. To top it all off, he added a healthy schmear of refried beans. Now it was time to assemble it. This thing was truly the mother of all sandwiches. I was orginally going to get it to go but upon seeing it knew I had to eat it right then and there. In terms of sheer mass I would put it in the same league as a Katz's sandwich. If this place's other tortas are anything like this one I'm in for a treat.