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Young & Hungry commenter Eli warned me that the vegetarian torta at Super Tacos & Bakery fell into the “low-bar options” category among the city’s meatless sandwiches. I, like Frances “Baby” Houseman, am not afraid to slum it. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’ll ever except American cheese. (Do you hear me, Bobby Flay?) But that didn’t derail the entire torta. Here, let me break it down for you with the help of the outlined photograph above.
1) Like I said before: American cheese is a no-no. It doesn’t really taste like anything and, seriously, why is it that color?
2) As this is a vegetable sandwich, the produce should shine. Here, the zucchini was cooked well and retained a nice snap.
3) I usually look to a nose-clearing mustard for some heat in a sandwich, but this long strip of jalapeño will do quite nicely!
4) Details count and grilling the inside of the bread kept the loaded sandwich from turning soggy.
5) I would rather have no tomato at all than eat a mealy slice. I applaud Super Tacos for using a quality tomato.
6) Is there ever enough avocado?
Bonus: I know you were wondering about my polish.
In order of appearance in the comments:
- Cork Market
- Cowgirl Creamery
- Busboys and Poets (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
- Taylor Gourmet (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
- Pret a Manger
- California Tortilla
- Jaleo (sandwich 1) (sandwich 2)
- Highland Cafe
- Jimmy John’s
- Greek Spot
- Sticky Fingers
- Luna Grill
- Five Guys
- Everlasting Life
- Au Bon Pain
- Devon & Blakely
- Corner Bakery
- Black Squirrel
Photo by Stefanie Gans