King Torta

You have got to be kidding me.  King Torta?  The king of tortas?  It’s on like Donkey Kong!  As much as I like tacos, and I really do like tacos, the torta is my favorite taqueria fare.  But in this great city, good tortas seem hard to come by.  Or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places.  But if a place claims the torta is their specialty, I’m going to find a way to get there.

King Torta is in the neighborhood of Lincoln Heights.  I went for lunch on a weekday and was surprised to see many fellow Trojans there.  Turns out it’s very close to the USC Health Science Campus.  Good to know!  I think it’s safe to assume that the torta was probably the right thing to order.  And may I add that this seems to be a pretty popular joint.

I ordered the carne asada torta.  The carne asada itself was good and the salsa accompanied the torta well.  I think the salsa share a hint of similarity to King Taco’s salsa, just a hint.  The bread was a bit lacking though.  My favorite part of the torta is the bolillo bread.  I like it nice and soft, but the outside should be slightly buttered and toasted just enough.  And the taste…  I can’t believe I can’t describe how I like the bolillo to taste.  I obviously haven’t been to Super Tortas in a while.

King Torta is a nice option to have, especially if you’re in the Lincoln Heights area.  Fortunately, my church is in Lincoln Heights.  So if I’m feeling like torta and I need to go somewhere close, King Torta it is.

King Torta
4507 Valley Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: 323.222.7006

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Super Tortas

Let’s put yourself in my shoes.  You love tortas.  But you can’t find places that make good tortas.  And then you come across a place with a name like “Super Tortas.”  I’d bet you’d try it too.  I mean, how could you not at least give it a try.

With a name like Super Tortas, you’d better expect a damn good torta.  With a name like Super Tortas, you’d expect them to be pretty damn confident with their tortas.  Let me say this, I wasn’t disappointed.  I found this place online desperate to try tortas from places other than El Taurino (which by the way makes awesome tortas).  And if I wasn’t looking out for this place, I probably would have missed it too.  It’s on some strip mall on Alvarado and you definitely would not have been able to see it from Alvarado if you’re driving.  To spare you that trouble, it’s on Alvarado and Maryland (one street south of 3rd Street).  Parking may not be ideal, but there should be plenty of street parking all around the place.

You walk in and order at the counter.  As soon as you sit down, you probably would wait two minutes before your food comes out.  Five minutes at the most.  It’s that fast.  I ordered the Rib-eye torta.  And just as fast as it came out, I finished it.  The bread, the heavenly bread, the yummy bread that’s buttered and toasted just right, the bread that’s toasted just right and yet nice and soft inside.  The slabs of rib-eye, the tasty slabs of rib-eye.  Everything about it was perfect.  I washed it down with some horchata.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I want to compare the torta from El Taurino and Super Tortas sometime in the near future I hope.  Wait for it!

Super Tortas
360 S Alvarado St Ste 6
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Phone: 213.413.7953

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