A Sandwich a Day: Mexican Carnitas Torta at Barnaby's in Houston
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First opened in 1988, and now in several infectiously friendly and inviting settings, Barnaby's has been known for serving large portions of well-prepared comfort fare. In Houston, comfort fare often carries a Mexican accent, and the lineup at Barnaby's includes their plus-sized take on that taqueria staple, the torta.
Barnaby's redundantly monikered Mexican Carnitas Torta ($10.95 with fries) features a lengthy French-style loaf layered with carnitas, then topped with a profusion of shredded lettuce, a trio each of tomato slices, wedges of plump avocado, thick rings of red onion, and finally a smattering of crumbly cotija cheese. Like each of Barnaby's other menu items, this sandwich, especially with the side of fries, is a feast.
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. You can follow him on Twitter (@MikeRiccetti).