Today, I had torta #3 in my Grand Torta Quest.
Because I was in the neighborhood, I went to El Nuevo Rodeo on east Lake Street (across the street from the stand-alone Manny's Tortas). I had though that El Nuevo Rodeo was just a hot nightclub on the second floor, but there's nice restaurant on the main level.
I had a torta with birria filling - yummy! This birria (roasted goat in sauce) was in large chunks, not shredded as at other places. The torta also had grated white cheese, lettuce/tomato/onion, avocado, and a sauce that looked like Mexican sour cream. The roll was fresh and puffy. There weren't any noticable pickled peppers, but maybe that's because I ordered in English. :-). The fabulous green salsa that arrived with the taco chips made a good subsitute.
In summary, the torta was delicious. Very rich, because of the birria, and huge - I couldn't finish it all. I don't think, upon reflection, that I would order a birria torta again - birria is so rich on its own that, when combined with the other torta ingredients, it's a little too much. Next time, I'll get the plain shredded chicken, or the steak and ham. Or the special Torta Ahogada. Or just a birria taco, or one of their other dishes - there's a good cook in this place.
El Nuevo Rodeo is more upscale than your average East Lake Street taqueria - there's a liquor license, and a lively (and rather loud) TV/sound system. (I got to watch MON2 videos with my torta.)
I highly recommend El Nuevo Rodeo. I would say that an ENR torta is the equal of a Manny's torta, given the right filling choices. And it's wonderful that there are two great torta places on the same block!
Plus, I'm pleased that this corner seems to be turning into a "mini Eat-Street East", with Manny's Tortas, Midori's, the Resource Center of the Americas' Cafe, the soon-to-be-opening Town Talk Diner, and a new Marisqueria going in next door to Midori's.
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