A Sandwich a Day: Torta de Tinga at 100% Taquito in Houston
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Mexican fare—Tex Mex, too—is rarely attractive. This certainly rings true for the Torta de Tinga ($6.14 with cheese) at 100% Taquito in Houston. More so, the spicy beef brisket at the heart of the sandwich, the tinga, is unseen below a pile of shredded lettuce, slices of juicy tomatoes and ripe, soft avocado along with a bit of onion. At least the addition of the mild Chihuahua cheese is evident melted along the sides of the French bread-like bolillo.
Biting into the toasted roll as its unruly fillings struggle to stay contained, you do find the tender and piquant beef, and a fair amount of it, in this Mexican version of the sub sandwich. This is a tasty, messy meal that is over quickly. Dabbed generously with the spicy, thick chipotle sauce, it's even tastier, and messier.
Along with the tortas, most of the options at 100% Taquito are the street food of Mexico City: tacos, quesadillas, sopes, molletes, banderillas, etc. The cheeky interior here is meant to resemble the taco trucks that ply Mexico City (and Houston, for that matter). With an air-conditioned seating capacity over 150 and liquor available, it's like a monster truck version of its humble inspirations.
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.