Chicago Mexican

Dona Torta Chilanga (Chicago)

By on March 7, 2015

Finishing a Torta at this place is akin to a one-night-stand. You had a great time, you’re a little ashamed, and you definitely need a shower.

For my non-Torta-eating friends, a Torta is the Mexican take on a sandwich. Meat, cheese, toppings, all sandwiched between grilled bread. You can order one at your local Mexican burrito place and it will probably be pretty tasty. Order one at this particular restaurant and it will blow your freaking mind.

First, the Tortas here are Torta-zilla in scale. Massive. Think a large loaf of bread sliced in half. While the size will immediately wow you, it’s nothing compared to the mind-blow you’ll experience when you bite in. Do you like Mexican flavors? Imagine a buttered loaf of fresh bread, stuffed with pork shoulder, Carne Asada, grilled chicken, Chorizo, mango salsa, pineapple, or combinations of your favorite Mexican meats and flavors. Load it with gooey melted cheese, and then grill that bad-boy to crusty-bread perfection. It’s Mexican flavor perfection on a roll.

The sandwiches are soccer themed, named after famous players. The decor can only be described as no-frills rustic Mexican sandwich shop. Mexican soap operas blare on the TVs. Customers are local teenagers and blue collar workers that just got off shift. The servers all speak Spanish. In other words, amazing. Go get one, wash it down with a Mexican Coke, and relish in the fact that you went here before it was cool.

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