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tortas: a recommendation and a question.

patrick | Sep 12, 200103:36 PM

First, let me send my hopes to all chowhounds reading this that you, your family, and your loved ones are all healthy and accounted for after yesterday's massacre. Peace.


(For those unknowing, the torta is a mexican sandwich: meat and a few condiments/veggies on a soft toasted roll called a bolito.)

-- My favorite torta, and perhaps my favorite food item in the entire Bay Area, resides at 24th and Shotwell, in the Mission, at El Tonayense, a great little taqueria that also has trucks on Harrison in two places between the highway and 24th. The torta in question is a Torta Al Pastor, sin crema, accompanied by a beer or a tamarind-flavored Jarrito. Tonayense has the best al pastor I have tried anywhere (and every time I visit a new taqueria, that is what I try first). Furthermore they make a lovely torta, just the right combination of ingredients on a toasted bollito that is neither too soft nor too chewy.

-- The question: Does anyone know of a place that serves a Torta Cubana? When I lived in Seattle, mexican food was hard to find, but I did find one "taqueria," Taqueria Morelia (sp?) (near University on NE 45th St, Seattle) that served an interesting selection of tortas, including the Torta Cubana. This was a sandwich with ham, cut-up fried hot dogs, cheese, jalapenos, a fried egg, and tomato and lettuce. It sounds a bit odd, but I really acquired a taste for it, and now I am in the strange situation of living in the Bay Area and longing for Seattle mexican food. Other items on the menu in Seattle were a Torta Machaca (beef, eggs) and a Torta Milanesa (breaded pounded steak). I have found Torta Milanesas in the Bay Area, and I've found machaca as well. I even found a place at 24th + Harrison that advertised Torta Cubanas, but when I tried to order one they said they didn't have them.

Any advice would be much appreciated, and also, anyone's recommendations on other places to get excellent tortas or favorite sources of al pastor -- especially in the East Bay -- would be great.

thanks and peace to you


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