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Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos

Map & Directions 2301 W. Fifth St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
  • Mexican
  • Mon, Wed-Sat 9am-5pm
  • cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Lunch
  • None
  • Street


OC Weekly's Description

Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos is a lonchera in SanTana specializing in its namesake dish. A torta ahogada ("drowned torta") seems harmless enough. It's just a French roll on a plate, humbly dressed with your choice of meat inside and cold onion slices on top. But then the chef ladles on a fierce salsa that tints the bread blood red, so much lava-like salsa that it puddles around the torta; it looks like a burger at a homicide scene. You use fingers instead of fork and knife to tear off torta chunks and dunk them in the salsa pool, as you would a French dip sandwich into au jus. There's no acclimatizing here: each torta ahogada bite seems spicier than the last until your face is shiny with sweat and you're doubled over with heartburn even as you relish the thought of eating this little piece of hell—if hell were curiously sweet—again for tomorrow's lunch.

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  • OC Weekly on 11/21/11

    Voted Best Old-School Food Truck in OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Issue! The torta bien ahogada is an ultimate fave. Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners!

  • OC Weekly on 01/13/11

    Order the torta bien ahogada. Crusty bread, bean paste, the tenderest carnitas and what seems like several quarts of smoky chile de árbol sauce. Eat with care!

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