May 31, 2012

As a lover of tacos, burritos, fajitas, etc., one would think that I would‘ve had a torta by now. Sadly, I hadn’t. A few weeks ago I had my first torta and I have a new favorite kind of sandwich.


The Chicken Torta from Patty’s Taco Truck

The chicken torta from Patty’s Taco Truck features chicken, refried beans, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, jalapeno, and avocado. All of these ingredients made it one of the biggest, heaviest sandwiches I’ve ever carried home. Because of this, I knew that this sandwich was going to be the real deal. When I unwrapped it I was taken aback by its size. Hands down this has to be one of the biggest sandwiches I’ve ever had. Thankfully, it was also one of the tastiest. I’m a big advocate of taste consistency in my sandwiches, but this torta was different. In one bite you get a lot of spice from the jalapenos, but in the next bit you get a nice juiciness from the mayo and avocado. Every bite is a surprise. I enjoyed every aspect of this sandwich because it features everything I love about a sandwich. It’s huge and filling. For its size, it surprising maintains its integrity and you’re not picking up pieces off your plate. It’s spicy. It has a great flavor profile. It’s the kind of sandwich you want to order over and over and over again. Because I loved the chicken torta so much, I went back the following week and ordered the steak torta. It was just as awesome. It’s the same ingredients with steak instead of chicken and it’s just as good and awesome. You can’t go wrong ordering either. Patty’s Tortas are $9; that’s practically a bargain for a sandwich of this magnitude.

Patty’s Taco Truck usual parks on the Upper East Side as well as Union Square West between 14th and 15th Sts. Sadly, Patty has no online presence that I could find.


The Steak Torta from El Carrito Rojo Taco True

While walking back to my apartment a few weeks I stumbled on my second torta option. El Carrito Rojo Taco Truck. Knowing I needed, nay, wanted a second torta, I ordered the spicy steak torta. I was extremely disappointed when it was handed to me, mainly because it wasn’t the same size as Patty’s. Lesson: Not all tortas are made the same. When I got it home and bit into it, I was disappointed that it wasn’t as good as Patty’s and I was immediately angry with myself for straying from Patty’s. Although this torta was spicier, it seemed to be lacking everything else. There was a decent amount of meat on the torta, but the flavor profile was inconsistent and the sandwich became messier and messier, Patty’s set the standard pretty high, and El Carrito fell short, but not as short as Paquito’s.

El Carrito Rojo Taco Truck can be found parked on the corner of 19th St. and 6th Ave from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Other than other reviews of the food, I could not find their online presence.




A Messy Steak Torta from Paquito’s

My final torta came from Paquito’s, and it was the worst of the bunch. I chose the steak torta, which also featured onions, black beans, avocado, jalapeno, lettuce, and tomato. The ingredients were inconsistently placed on the sandwich, which lead to inconsistent tastes. The torta was so small it looked more like a Panini.  All in all, it was just another messy sandwich whose ingredients kept falling out with every bite. Because it lost its structural integrity I found myself eating a torta salad rather than a sandwich. Based on what stayed on the bread, the sandwich became an inconsistent mess that was flavorless and pointless. Adding hot sauce didn’t even help make this torta taste better. This torta isn’t worth thinking about ordering.

Although Paquito’s has locations across Manhattan, this one is located at 175 Third Ave.


Patty’s Taco Truck is the clear winner here. If you’re on the Upper East Side or in Union Square, you can’t go wrong by ordering one of Patty’s tortas, you’ll love yourself for it.