A Sandwich a Day: Pastor and Marinated Pork Torta at Mexico's Deli in Houston
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It can be tough to choose from among the roughly twenty-five tortas listed on the chalkboard near the entrance at the bright and inviting Mexico's Deli in west Houston. Shown by number and partial description, each of the Mexico City-style sandwiches is an enticement.
One of recommendable choices is the #22 pastor, marinated pork, pineapple & melted cheese torta ($5.99), which features that and more on a toasted, airy telera roll. The pastor is roasted and cut from a traditional trompo, a vertical spit. The other porcine component is from a loin that had been marinated for a day with ten different spices and herbs. Presented as attractively as an inherently messy torta can be, small pieces of the moist meats are mixed with chunks of pineapple and some mild asadero cheese, then topped with avocado, slices of tomato, and some raw onion. An enjoyable mix of understated, complementary flavors, it is even better with a few slugs of the slightly smoky, deep reddish salsa that accompanies it.
About the author: Mike Riccetti is a Houston-based food writer, Zagat editor and author of Houston Dining on the Cheap. He writes frequently about restaurants, food and drink, and occasionally less important topics. Some of his previous stuff is posted at MikeRiccetti.com.