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