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monopod | Apr 24, 201211:41 AM

I've recently become obsessed with tortas (the Mexican sandwich), after having what might have been the best sandwiches of any kind I've ever had at XOCO (Rick Bayless's casual torta and caldo place in Chicago). Rick's pork and habanero torta and his shrimp torta were just outrageously good - Mexican ingredients and spices pressed inside of perfectly crisp-yet-chewy bread, with plenty of bold flavors and moisture. I'm now ordering them whenever they appear on a menu.

Problem is, most of the tortas I've had in Colorado are pretty lousy - the bun is just a puffy white bread roll with barely any flavor and no crunchy crust and the fillings are meager, dry and/or just not very interesting flavors. The one I had at Comida Cafe last week was particularly poor, given how good their tacos are: a very small amount of reheated skirt steak with a sprinkle of dry cheese and some onions, dwarfed by a giant, very dry white roll that wasn't at all crusty on the outside. Not even a sauce to liven it up.

So, this is all a long way of saying... where are the best tortas in Boulder/Denver? The only one I've had here so far that made the grade was at Centro, but there must be others (hopefully available from less-expensive and more takeout-friendly places).

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