Cook’s Tortas – Bringing the Sandwich Out of its Shadow

by Franklin on April 20, 2011

I am writing about the unpopular kid at school.  He yearns to be noticed amongst the populous, but can never compete with the popular kids at school.  It’s not that he is lesser than his peers — he just needs to be given a chance.  Often times, the torta lives under the shadow of the burrito and taco.  Nobody really gives them a second thought at restaurants.  Thankfully, Cook’s Tortas gave a chance on the torta, and it came out on top.

Cooks Tortas only serves tortas and no other Mexican cuisine — no burritos or tacos here.  Their chiabatas are baked in house which is always a plus.  You know a restaurant is special when they make their own bread. This restaurant exudes a certain sense of classiness — They draw a fine line between greasy street food, and gourmet cuisine.   They also serve fresh aguas frescas just to top it off.  Pair that with one of their signature sandwiches, and you have perfection.

I had a chance to try some of their sandwiches.  The carne asada had grilled skirt steak, avocado, pico de gallo, lettuce, and mayo.  The bombero had steak, peppers, and cheese.  Both were very delicious.  On my first trip, I also had the Ahogada which had slow cooked pork which was a bit spicy and double dipped in some kind of sauce or a jus.  The meat was tender and great for carnivores like me.   The carne asada tasted like a burrito, as it had the same ingredients, but on a ciabatta roll.

The bombero was more of what I like — it had the savory beef and sauce that really hit the spot.  Their meats and ingredients were all fresh, and you could really taste the meat for what it was.  To top it all off, each sandwich came with one side.

A lot of people come here for their aguas frescas.  I sampled some of their drinks and it was unbelievable.  It was something I have never had before, at least not of that caliber and attention to pure taste.  If not for the tortas, come here for the drinks.  It is some of the best drinks I have ever had.  I think they could break even just selling the drinks — I’m serious.

With their drinks and sandwiches, they know what fresh food is all about — It comes down to the ingredients and the quality.  When it comes to Mexican food, I am usually a burrito and tacos kind of guy. If I ever become a torta guy, it would be because of Cook’s. They certainly do bring the torta out of the shadows, and puts them on top.
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Lindsey@Lindselicious April 20, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Oooh I need to go back here- last time I went here I was on a diet and had a salad… Lame I know. But I stole bites of my friends Torta and it was delish.

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Franklin April 20, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Aww, so sad. Well next time you go, you know what to order!
I want to thank you for visiting my blog, Cheers!

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Jenny (VintageSugarcube) April 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I love a good Torta. Where is Cooks located? I didn’t see a link on your post!! 🙂

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Franklin April 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

It is located in Monterey Park, CA Here is the link http://www.cookstortas.com/

Thank you for visiting and commenting. It means a lot! Cheers!

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Celia April 22, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Oh man, I looove tortas – totally going to stop by here next time I’m in LA. Thanks for the review!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I think I would be standing there all day trying to decide what to order! Yum! I would seriously have trouble deciding!! ?- Katrina

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