Cook’s Tortas

2/12/12

After a basketball game a few Sundays ago in Covina, a few of us decided to eat at Cook’s Tortas for a late lunch, since it was kind of on the way back, and it’s one of Kevin’s favorite places. Like the name states, they serve tortas, or Mexican sandwiches. But instead of your traditional street food ones, the tortas here are a bit more classy, and not limited to traditional ingredients. Also, instead of using a bolillo or telera bread (the standard for tortas), Cook’s uses a bread that is more along the lines of a baguette and ciabatta, with a sourdough taste. I thought that the chew on the bread made it a nice vessel for the various combination of ingredients.

I ordered the ahogada, which was a wet sandwich that had carnitas and pickled onions, with the bread soaking up a spicy gravy and more of said gravy poured over the completed sandwich. The pork was cooked nicely and the sandwich tasted very good, although I didn’t really get any heat. And I thought that the flavors could’ve been a bit bolder. I had a bite of Daniel’s portobello mushroom sandwich, which was pretty good but a bit on the dry side. It looks like they rotate most of the sandwiches on a regular basis, which is cool. I really want to come back and try some of the other variations. Also, the agua frescas were very good. I tried the jamaica (hibiscus) and melon ones; both were very refreshing. And each sandwich comes with one side. I got the potato salad, which was okay. Will choose the sweet potato fries instead next time.

Photo

Ahogada

Ahogada #10 – slow cooked pork, spicy double dip, extra napkins, onion pickles

Photo

Photo

Chris Hei grade: B

Cook’s Tortas
1944 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 278-3536

Cook's Tortas on Urbanspoon

Advertisements

One thought on “Cook’s Tortas

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s