Restaurants & Bars

Torta Express in Fresno

PolarBear | Nov 23, 200506:19 PM

Another fairly new (since May, iirc) addition to the local dining scene, located in the Mission Village center at the SW corner of Shaw & Fresno. TE's focus is on 9 different tortas (4.99) and 7 gourmet tortas (5.99), both include a medium drink, currently sodas, juice, and limonade (they plan to add beer/wine in the future).

The operation is run mainly by the lovely Aurora, who handles the cooking, and her personable and friendly son Sebastian, who takes care of the counter and table service.

I have to admit to being stuck on the steak (asada) with the addition of cheese and sliced pickled jalapenos. It comes on a sour dough roll that is specially baked for them by the Basque bakery which gives the sand a nice little extra tang. Two salsas are available, a spicy red and a milder green, I find a combination of the two works perfectly.

I've also tried the Ahogada (fried pork dipped in hot sauce), here the roll is sliced in half cross-wise and both halves hollowed out to hold the meat and bean filling. The chunks of pork were good size and very tasty and tender. For either torta you'll need more than one napkin.

Other regular offerings include Pierna (shredded pork), Pollo, Jamon, Milaneza (breaded pork), Carnitas, Deshebrada (shredded beef) and Chorizo.

On the gourmet side is the Pepito (beans, choice of meat and cheese), Santuario (beans, meat, lettuce and salsa), Cubana (shredded pork, ham and cheese), Hawaiiana (meat, pineapple and cheese), Marinera (fried shrimp, onion, tomato and cheese), Panela (vegetarian with a mild fresh cheese, beans and salsa, 4.99), and the Mollete (special cream, beans and cheese, 2.99).

Parking can be a a bit of a problem at the noon hour, but well worth the effort.

Torta Express
389 E. Shaw #102 (SW corner at Fresno, E side of L closest to Fresno St.)
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm

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