Wandering 24th St. on the way back from Las Palmas (yep, tamales de dulce de elote for dessert tonight) I spotted a new shop named Tortas Los Picudos across the street from El Farolito @ the corner of Alabama. Patricia Unterman devotees will have seen her rec a couple of months ago, but who in Sam Hill reads the Examiner anyways?
I ordered a Torta Cubanas having enjoyed the masculine version at Tortas Mexicano in L.A. a while ago. Note that the sandwicheras at Los Picudos are all women. Never having visited Miami I can't vouch for its authenticity but there were three big ol' sandwich presses behind the counter. Los Picudos sells all the unusual quesos one would expect in the hood as well as a variety of meats, many of which made their way into the Cubanas. Pierna (pork), milanesa (breaded chicken), jamon and salchica (sausages) - 4 kinds of delicious grilled and pressed carnivory! The milanesa is a nice touch, presenting a breaded food in sandwich format; the recycling principle is familiar from matzo balls down on to BBQ sauce recipes that start with BBQ sauce. In the mood for trash, I guiltily asked for Americano cheese on mine but might opt for queso freso next time. Those who like beans on their torta will be disappointed but the fixin's are splendid - pickled jalapenos, vegetables, plenty of avocado. Three times more expensive than a combination banh mi but twice as filling. Don't drip on your clothes!
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