Cook’s Tortas (Los Angeles/Monterey Park)


Was this delicious?  Why yes it was.

Ranchito Torta

So I’ve been dying for good mexican fewd in my area and I know there aren’t too many good places.  I was doing a bit of research on yelp and found this highly rated Torta restaurant.  So I made a trip out to Cook’s Tortas to see what all this hullabaloo was all about.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Tortas

Cook's Tortas exterior

Went in and got some recommendations from a helpful employee.  She also gave me carte blanc to take pictures so prepare thyself.  Also met the owner who was very personable.  Following will be a stream of pictures I cannot comment too much on since I didn’t try a lot of the fewd.

Caw Caw

Crow's I mean Cook's Tortas door logo.

Where fewd is ordered.

Counter area

A lot of glass making it quite bright during the afternoon.

Dining Room

A bit overwhelming

Menu Chalk Board

The first fewd item to separate us from the animals...oh and also rice.

Bread Wall

According to their website, they make all their bread in house.  It definitely tastes fresh and chewy, not brought in like tasteless overly soft Chorleywood Bread Process Styrofoam.

I did not try these punches.

Aguas Frescas (Fresh Waters)

Did not try this either.

Ring Cake

Did not try this fruit salad, a little frightening to me.

Apples and Cream

Put this on the to-try list.

Red Potato Salad

I did try this and will explain it later in the post, patience grasshopper.

Macaroni Salad

Very interesting though I did not try this either.

Peppers

Tidy, but oily

Takeout

Cook’s is a bit far from my home so it was a good half hour when I got home.  Add to this I had to take pictures so the fries were almost room temperature, the Ranchito was a little warmer, but had cooled off quite a bit for a sandwich that is supposed to be served hot.

More a bright orange.

Red Fries (Sweet Potato Fries)

So I ate these a bit on the cold side.  It’s kind of crazy since they were sealed in a Styrofoam cup.  Perhaps they were not that warm to begin with?  They are fried to a good crunchy on the outside texture.  They are seasoned with sea salt flakes which is good, but they are a bit on the salty side.

part deux

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Cavatappi Salad is very similar to the Hawaii BBQ version.  It has ham, too much salt cracked pepper, minced red peppers and mayo.  I usually like these salads, but this one was just too salty.  It overpowered the creaminess of the mayo.

Aerial View

Mi Ranchito Torta

sawed-off Ranchito

Mi Ranchito Torta cross section

So finally we get to the sandwiches the restaurant is named after.  This tasty creation consists of grilled flank steak, chunks of homemade dry aged chorizo (mexican sausage), nopalitos (cactus) salad, spicy serrano (type of mountain pepper) guacamole, and queso fresca (fresh cheese).  The bread is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside like good artisan bread should be.  The combination of the steak and chorizo gave all the savory bite the sandwich needed and was complimented by the sweetness of the guacamole and some bitterness from the nopalitos.  The queso fresca complimented the rest of the ingredients with a nice rich flavour.  The Ranchito is a little spicy from the guacamole and chorizo, but not overwhelming that normal spicy tolerance people wont be put off.  This is a must try torta that feature expertly balanced flavours and textures.

I’m very curious about some of the other offerings from Cook’s.  While the sides were not great, the torta was one of the best I’ve ever had.  They’re not cheap though at Seven and change for each torta, but they are big (I ate half of it the next day) and tasty.  Next time, must try the Ahogada, La Diabla, Carne Asada and Bacalao.

Cook’s Tortas

Address:  1944 S. Atlantic Blvd. Montery Park, CA  91754

Phone: (323)-278-3536

Hours: Monday through Thursday 10am to 8pm Friday & Saturday 10am to 9pm Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

Pricing: Med but worth it for the Tortas

Food: Good.  The Tortas are delicious.  Haven’t had an amazing side yet though.

Signature Dish: Mi Ranchito, Carne Asada and any other Torta

Facilities: Check out the pictures, it’s clean and not overly decorated, but not really a romantic date place.

Service: Friendly.  It wasn’t that busy but my order took about 10 minutes.  Though it’s expected after seeing the torta.

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