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A Sandwich a Day: Torta Ahogada from Mextiza in Portland, OR

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[Photograph: Bruce Wolf]

Mextiza is a newish Mexican restaurant in Portland that has a popular older sibling, Autentica. Mextiza offers over 60 brands of tequila, and dishes that are indigenous to the many regions of chef Oswaldo Bibiano's native Mexico including Toluca, Sinaloa, and Hidalgo, among others.

Lunchtime at Mextiza is bustling, with a selection of terrific sandwiches, enchiladas, and an amazing dish of eggs with rice called Tacos Callejeros. The sandwich highlight is the Torta Ahogado, slowly cooked sliced beef that's simmered in a red sauce and served with refried beans, onions and thinly sliced radish. The combination of tastes and textures—especially the crispness of the radishes—is terrific. Another favorite is the Sandwich con Lengua Frita: fried tongue with spicy habanero mayo, served with spicy potato salad. It even made me think I might eat tongue again sometime in my future.

Mextiza
2103 N Killingsworth, Portland OR 97217 (map); 503-289-3709

About the author: Laurie Wolf is a food writer, blogger, tweeter and recipe developer. She is happy to call Portland, Oregon home. You can read more of her on FoodfiendPDX.com

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