Posted by lemonjelly on:
I had my first torta from Casa de la Raza's booth at the de la Guerra Mercado two years ago, thanks to the enthusiastic recommendation of Mr. Ted Coe. Cheers, mate!
If you feel so inclided, you can read my blog entry about it from way back when, which depicts the awesome Casa guy grilling up the tri-tip behind the booth with plenty of wood-fired smoke billowing about. And you may also note that the torta has not changed much. My current picture is a little deceptive. It may look like a roll stuffed with lettuce, but that is not all! Inside is a hearty serving of chunky tri-tip. The bread is reminiscent of Tino's sandwiches at the Italian Grocery - firm enough to hold together, but delicately soft enough to give away at each bite.
The torta is $8, the same price for a while, and tonight I got lucky. I stopped by the booth around 6 or 6:30 pm on the Thursday and there was NO QUEUE. Compare this to the 40 minute wait I had two years ago. I'd like to thank Tracey for this, as she said, "the secret is to go early in the week and early in the day to get one before the line gets too long." Wise words, my friend.