New “Las Tortas” Brings Killer Mexican Sandwiches To Cambie

August 25, 2009.

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We’d been watching Las Tortas closely ever since the paper went up on the hole-in-the-wall windows at 3353 Cambie a few months ago, so when word came that they’d opened over the weekend, we totally bumrushed the show.

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If you’ve never heard of “tortas” before, that doesn’t mean you’ve never had one. It’s just a sandwich, the Mexican cousin of the Anglo submarine and the Vietnamese Banh Mi. Not exactly fancypants high falutin’ cuisine, but the stuff cravings are made of…

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There were 13 different options ranging in price from $6.95 to $9.95, and all come loaded with pickled onions, jalapeno, cabbage, tomato, refried beans, butter, and mayonnaise. The one pictured above is the Mexican Club ($9.75) with ham, slow roasted pork thigh “marinated in Mexican spices”, chorizo, and Monterrey Jack cheese.

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The ordering system is pretty straight-forward. Customers pick up a paper bag that lists the options, mark the ones they want with checks, and give it to the cashier. Depending on volume, they shouldn’t take more than ten minutes, tops.

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I tried four tortas on my first visit. I’ll hold my comments for my Westender column next week, but in the meantime…go now before the word gets out. This place should have a line-up out the door.

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PS. Congratulations to the crew working at Pied-a-Terre next door. I wonder if they’ll ever look at their staff meals longingly again…

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