The meal-in-a-sandwich known as a torta is gaining ground in D.C.
Tortas can be made a variety of ways: hot or cold, dry, or "drowned" with sauce (ahogada), depending on what part of Mexico from which the traditional dish is sourced. Typically, the bread, or bolillo, meets avocado, beans, mayo, and a starring ingredient like carnitas, carne asada, or chorizo. A sprinkling of tomatoes, onions, salsa, lettuce, and chiles can round out the sandwich.
The origin of the torta is difficult to pinpoint. Roberto Ayala's "Big Book of Tortas and Sandwiches" offers a popular explanation, tracing the history of the sandwich way back to Leonardo Da Vinci. Today one can find the culinary classic throughout the area in various settings. From a sit-down brunch torta at El Camino in Bloomingdale to a grab-and-go option from Super Tacos and Bakery in Adams Morgan, D.C. delivers on the sandwich. Here are twelve spots to satisfy a tortas craving.Read More