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Driving past Tortas El Guero, the tangerine-colored stucco building and its matching sign are hard to miss. And that's a good thing, especially if you're on the lookout for a cheap, tasty meal. The menu has everything from enchiladas to tacos, but tortas are clearly the reason to come here. All 21 varieties come on lightly toasted, fresh-baked telera bread, heaped with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickled jalapeno, mayo, and avocado. Try the enormous Cubana, filled with cheese, sliced ham, roasted pork, and breaded beef, or the delicious cochinita, juicy pulled pork in a tangy barbecue sauce that makes for finger-lickin' satisfaction.
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I'm convinced there's not many things in life a well-made torta can't cure. Bad day? Torta. Un-friended on Facebook? Torta. Walking around with a piece of torta in your teeth? Torta. Monster-size ... More »
Hungry for some good Mexican food? Me, too. I have favorite destinations all over the city, but living and working close to downtown, I'm spoiled to have Phoenix's Mexican Restaurant Row nearby. Stretching from roughly Washington Street to... More »
People often ask me about how I decide what restaurants to review, and how I find them. Well, there's really no formula for it. A lot of the time, I get tips from friends, I hear about new places that've opened, or I find a noteworthy spot... More »
At this no-frills eatery on 16th Street (part of a family-owned mini-chain) you can choose from around 20 varieties of the popular, monster-size Mexican sandwich, each for about five or six bucks. Stuffed with meat, thick slices of avocado, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on soft, round telera bread, we like the milanesa de pollo (breaded chicken), Cubana (piled with ham, pork, and cheese), and the packs-a-punch cochinita featuring slow-cooked pulled pork simmered with... More »
At this point, Tortas El Güero has a cult following. Why? Once you take a bite of one of its enormous Mexican sandwiches -- stuffed with meat, thick slices of ripe avocado, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and mayo -- you can't help but inhale the whole thing with giddy delight. The soft, lightly toasted telera bread gives way to succulent fillings like moist chicken or juicy cochinita (sort of a Mexican pulled pork), which pair well with a cold cup of horchata or a... More »
Ever since we discovered the joys of eating at Tortas El Güero, we can hardly bring ourselves to eat at fast-food joints anymore. What, you've never had a torta? Friend, let us introduce you to the glory of the Mexican sandwich: It's a ginormous, filling thing, stuffed with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, mayo, and thick slices of avocado, served on a soft, lightly toasted telera roll. Really, it's enough food for two people, but it's so tasty that we usually end up... More »
Ever since we discovered the joys of eating at Tortas El Güero, we can hardly bring ourselves to eat at fast-food joints anymore. What, you've never had a torta? Friend, let us introduce you to the glory of the Mexican sandwich: It's a ginormous, filling thing, stuffed with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, mayo, and thick slices of avocado, served on a soft, lightly toasted telera roll. Really, it's enough food for two people, but it's so tasty that we usually end up snarfing down the whole torta ourselves. There are 20-some choices on the menu here, so we could practically eat a different one every day for weeks on end, although we do have a few favorites. The oversized Cubana is a carnivore's dream, layered with ham, cheese, breaded beef, and sliced pork, and the Pastor is a total eye-opener, with tender chunks of pork in a fiery red chile sauce. And the Hawaiiana, jazzed up with queso fresco and pineapple, is a refreshing take on a ham sandwich. With an ice-cold Mexican Coke or a big cup of horchata, these tortas make for a cheap and tasty feast that beats a Big Mac any day.
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